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Date posted: 1 August 2012
The Blackest Losers, an Indigenous team competing in the New South Wales (NSW) State knockout challenge 2012, is profiled in the latest edition of New England focus magazine.
The team comprises 25 Aboriginal community members from Armidale in NSW. The name 'The Blackest Losers' is inspired by the reality TV show The biggest loser, and the team is mentored by a former Indigenous competitor on that show, Sharif Deen.
The members of the Blackest Losers say they aim to lose weight, look good, feel good and win the $70,000 that is up for grabs in the Knockout challenge. The team's current regime includes regular training sessions, zumba, kickboxing and participation in one-off events like the Armidale Amazing Race.
In its profile of the Blackest Losers, New England focus magazine asked team manager Amanda Tighe what the highlights of the challenge have been for her.
'I do love the fitness side of things, and even though I think I may need to lose a bit of the winter tummy I have happening, I really do love getting together with a like-minded group of people and having a laugh,' she said.
'I just want to be happy with myself and happy with where I am at health wise.'
The State knockout challenge is an Indigenous initiative run by NSW Health in partnership with the NSW Rugby League as part of its Culture health communities strategy. The Knockout includes two community challenges - weight loss and walking - and if successful will become an annual event in NSW.
Source: New England focus; Armidale Express; NSW Department of Health