Zumba police coming to Katherine

29 November 2012
Armed and ready, with a range of salsa inspired moves, Graduating ARP Barb Winikerei will take Katherine by storm – one hip shake at a time.
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An instructor in New Zealand, Barb set out to share her shimmy shakin moves with her fellow ARP colleagues.

“Each Saturday I’ve been running classes at the College basketball courts and have been overwhelmed with the response.

Surprisingly, more of the guys than the girls have taken on the challenge and they’re surprisingly good at the hip rolls and pelvic thrusts. It’s all for a bit of fun but great fitness too and it’s been lovely to see people bring their partners and kids along too – we all have a pool party after each lesson,” she said.

But the fun doesn’t stop at College.

“I’ve already been in touch with Zumba instructors in Katherine and can’t wait to get involved in that community and start teaching. We’ll have to work around my roster but whenever I can do it I’m sure we’ll have a great time and it’s my way to give something back to the people of Katherine,” Barb said.

Victorian ARP, Ian Nankivell said being a part of this squad and getting involved in new activities has offered him and his family a new lease on life.

“I have never done Zumba before, nor would I have ever thought I’d take myself to a class, but it’s been really good fun. We have a laugh and it’s fitness unlike any cardio or training I’ve done before.

“I am loving the Territory experience, trying a range of new things. I can’t wait for my girls and the Mrs to arrive so we can all enjoy it together. The only negative about it all is I wish I’d made the move up here 10 and 15 years ago,” he said.

Barb and Ian both graduated on Thursday 15 November in the largest police graduation in the history of the Northern Territory Police Force.