Active Farmers Games, Temora, supporting fitness, farmers

Raising awareness: Grenfell's Monique and Paul Taylor (pictured), together with Tristen Matthews are competing at the inaugural Active Farmers Games on March 23 in Temora. Photo: Supplied.
Raising awareness: Grenfell's Monique and Paul Taylor (pictured), together with Tristen Matthews are competing at the inaugural Active Farmers Games on March 23 in Temora. Photo: Supplied.

Bringing awareness to all the work that farmers do is close to Grenfell's Monique and Paul Taylor.

The husband and wife, together with sister-in-law Tristen Matthews are competing at the inaugural Active Farmers Games on March 23 in Temora. The event, which has been likened to a 'tough mudder' competition, will see participants complete various obstacles that all have a rural twist.

Active Farmers is a not-for-profit health charity that started on the basis that people who are physically active and socially connected will have better mental health and not feel so isolated, especially farmers. The Games hope to raise awareness, funds and support farmers all while having fun.

Monique and Tristen both attend Active Farmers classes and decided to rope in Paul to their team after discovering they needed a male. Monique is a school teacher at The Henry Lawson High School and said as farmers and workers in the community, it is important for them to show support to those who are struggling and to let them know that they are not alone.

"The last 12 months have been difficult due to drought and losing two close family members," she said.

"I thought that the Games would be a great motivation for us to remain active and therefore help to maintain good mental health. I also thought that the day would be a lot of fun.

Training has been sporadic and "very last minute" Monique said, but she is hopeful Tristen can carry the team and not just metaphorically.

"Paul is only having one piece of cake with his cup of tea instead of two and in between classes I am trying to pick up a small but very heavy child. There is a lot of fingers being crossed that we’ve done enough," Monique said.

Award winning country music artist, Fanny Lumsden will emcee and perform on the day. Documentary filmmaker Gus Worland, from Man Up, will share his thoughts on how to prevent male suicide and breakdown stereotypes. 

The Active Farmers Games will be held at Lake Centenary, Temora from 8am to 1pm on Saturday, March 23 2019. For more information go to www.activefarmers.com.au.