‘Quite easy to be honest’: Hastings fitness coach completes 24-hour ‘shootathon’

‘Quite easy to be honest’: Hastings fitness coach completes 24-hour ‘shootathon’

Rich “Rush” Hira shot hoops for twenty-four hours in Hastings for a superb trigger. Photo / Warren Buckland

A Hastings health coach has accomplished a 24-hour “shootathon” for psychological well being consciousness, with group members cheering him on by means of the midnight.

Beginning on Friday night and ending on Saturday night, Rich “Rush” Hira, 27, shot hoops for twenty-four hours straight on the basketball courtroom in Camberley’s Kirkpatrick Park.

He raised over $3000 within the course of which can go towards a psychological well being consciousness drive in January, visiting gyms between Hastings and Auckland.

He stated he was “overwhelmed” with the assist he obtained through the shootathon, which was additionally aimed toward displaying folks they will overcome psychological challenges.

“It was about overcoming, and I advised the whānau, have a look round on the final 24 hours and the way a lot assist there was for one another – that’s the identical assist that we needs to be displaying to our family and friends who’re going by means of their psychological well being [struggles].”

He estimated about 250 folks got here right down to assist the trigger over the weekend or to hitch in and shoot some hoops.

Supporters at the shootathon after it finished on Saturday evening. Photo / Supplied
Supporters on the shootathon after it completed on Saturday night. Photo / Supplied

Hira stated he battled by means of swollen ankles and toes, and it was troublesome to open and shut his hand after hours of capturing basketballs.

He guessed he would have tried greater than 5000 photographs.

“I missed the primary shot and missed the final one,” he stated, with amusing.

He stated folks, together with members of his free Rushfit courses, even stayed down on the courts by means of the midnight, which was superb to see and stored his morale up.

“Mentally, [the shootathon] was fairly simple to be sincere, however within the bodily sense, the physique began taking part in up with aches and strains.”

The shootathon was held on the identical park the place Hira runs free health courses for folks within the neighbourhood, generally known as Rushfit.

Hira, who’s learning to turn into a professional private coach, began these health courses a couple of 12 months in the past, which had been initially aimed toward giving younger folks within the Camberley neighbourhood one thing optimistic to get entangled in.


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