Jane Flemming on hand to warm up competitors for this year's Brooks PAYCE Sutherland 2 Surf Fun Run and Walk.

One of Australia's best-known Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games track and field athletes, Jane Flemming, will be on hand to motivate and warm up competitors prior to the start of this year's Brooks PAYCE Sutherland 2 Surf Fun Run and Walk.

Wanda Surf Life Saving Club and the event's major co-sponsor, PAYCE, have announced former heptathlete, Jane Flemming, a dual Olympian and a Commonwealth gold and silver medallist will lead a free warm up session, with Live Life Get Active trainers, to suit all skill and fitness levels.

Ms Flemming, a director of Live Life Get Active, the organisation that conducts a number of free community get-fit classes in the Shire in partnership with Sutherland Shire Council and with the support of PAYCE at the Sylvania camp, said she welcomed the opportunity to help competitors tackle the 11 kilometre course.

"I'm very pleased to have been invited by PAYCE to come along a make a contribution to building a fitter, healthy and happier community in the Shire," she said.

"It's very important that people warm up correctly prior to any race or run in order to minimise injuries or discomfort during or after the event. "It is not just what you do in warming up, but how you do it and in what order.

"Whether you are a beginner or an advanced athlete, a proper warm up routine will pay off and lessen the chance of pulling a muscle or similar injury and aid in a quick recovery after crossing the finish line."

"In addition, anyone already attending our free Live Life Get Active classes in Kurnell and Menai, will receive expert advice from our trainers on how best to prepare for the Sutherland 2 Surf event through the Walk to Run class held on Tuesday (10.00am at Menai and 5.15 pm at Kurnell). New members are welcome to come on board by contacting us on our website, www.livelifegetactive.com, where they will find all the details on how to join," she said.

The Brooks PAYCE Sutherland 2 Surf Fun Run and Walk

The Brooks PAYCE Sutherland 2 Surf Fun Run and Walk will be held on Sunday, 19 July starting at 8.00am, taking the usual route through Gymea, Kirrawee, Miranda, Caringbah and Cronulla and finishing at Don Lucas Reserve adjacent to Wanda Beach.

Brian Boyd, PAYCE's Managing Director pleased to once again be associated with Sutherland 2 Surf Fun Run and Walk

PAYCE's Managing Director, Brian Boyd said his company was pleased to once again be associated with the popular community event. "We first came on board last year as a category sponsor and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we are pleased to have the opportunity to be joint naming sponsor this year," he said. "We are especially pleased to have Jane accept our invitation to be part of the event. She is a wonderful supporter of charities and a great motivator of people," Brian Boyd said.

Dominic Sullivan PAYCE's General Manager record breaking hopes

PAYCE's General Manager Dominic Sullivan said the event was an excellent opportunity for people of all ages and fitness levels to challenge themselves.

"I had the pleasure of competing last year along with some of my work colleagues and we all had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie," he said.

"Importantly, it's also a great fun day out for the family and friends with the proceeds going to Wanda Surf Life Saving Club, to support surf lifesaving at Wanda Beach.

"I understand the organisers are hopeful of breaking the 8,500 record for entries this year, which would be fantastic for the club," Dominic Sullivan said.

Wanda SLSC said it was great to have PAYCE on board again

Anita Pryke, President of Wanda SLSC said it was great to have PAYCE on board again. "PAYCE is extremely supportive of many community and charity events in the Shire and we are very grateful to Brian Boyd and Dominic Sullivan for supporting our event and arranging for Jane to join us at the start," Ms Pryke said.

Enter online: www.sutherland2surf.com.au

Jane Flemming is one of Australia's best known sporting personalities. During her sporting career she represented Australia at the Olympics in 1988 (Seoul) and 1992 (Barcelona) and at the Commonwealth Games in 1986 (Edinburgh), 1990 (Auckland) and 1994 (Victoria). She won two Gold and two Silver medals at Commonwealth Games and collected 13 national titles over 15 years as an elite athlete.

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