GETTING STARTED

FINALLY, SOMETHING FUN YOU CAN DO WITH FRIENDS DURING STAGE 3 & 4 RESTRICTIONS

Firstly, congratulations on being an absolute legend and taking an active step to look after your mates.

Here’s a simple guide to getting your team started.


START WITH A TEAM CAPTAIN

Most teams will start by an awesome person putting their hand up to help their mates. The team captain will be the leader of the group, will help organise training sessions, check in on all members and generally be a cheerleader of the team.


RESERVE A PLACE

The team challenge will be amended to ensure that all our teams can hit the East Gippsland Rail Trail as planned. Part of this will mean significantly limiting registrations so as to ensure social distancing is maintained on course and at Wellness Stops. Please send a message via the Contact Us page if you would like to reserve a spot for a 2 week period while you are getting your team organised. This will also ensure your team receives the VIP Early Bird Pricing Discounts.


FORM A TEAM

As team captain, your first job is to form a team. Do you have someone specific in mind who you would like to help with this program? What about friends and family? Maybe a group from work? Are you missing your sporting team and this is a great way to re-connect? What about a collection of neighbours?


STAY CONNECTED

An extremely important component of The Great Aussie Hike program is human connection. While this may not be possible face to face during current restrictions, start off by setting up a team chat (eg – WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, group text message). Start building team morale by checking in regularly – try a joke or a funny meme, ask questions, have everyone list something that went well for them each day.


PICK A CHALLENGE

As a team decide which challenge you are going to work towards – 30km, 60km or 100km. Also choose what your team structure will be from the options available. Will you have a relay team or do members want to walk the entire distance, while others act as back up and support crew?


WHAT'S IN A NAME

Time to come up with a team name. What about an accompanying slogan, a mascot or a theme song. Could you get team shirts made up for training sessions or the challenge?


KEEP MOVING

Make a decision as a team how many times per week each member is going to get outside an move - either by going for a walk or using our training app. Maybe start with 3-4 times and then increase each week until everyone is doing something every day. Distance is not the priority here. Instead focus on getting sunlight (very important for sleep, mood and health) and developing lifestyle habits (like moving each day). Have team members post a selfie to your group chat to help stay motivated. Also the positive feedback from team mates will help everyone’s mental wellbeing.


NEXT STEP

Once restrictions lift, your team can move to Step 2 in the program and begin the set training regime. This will include completing some of the training sessions in pairs or as a team. There are also longer walks scheduled at regular intervals. Plan dates and times in advance to ensure the entire team can participate.