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Wandoo prisoners join parkrun Australia

19 July 2019

In a world first, prisoners from the Wandoo rehabilitation prison for women held a five kilometre ‘parkrun’ on the grounds of the prison today.

parkrun Australia is a non-profit organisation hosting 360 runs across Australia’s local parks every Saturday morning.   The weekly exercise session is designed to promote healthy lifestyles while building friendships in the local community.

Commissioner for Corrective Services, Tony Hassall hopes this prison parkrun will be replicated across other custodial sites.

“Drug and alcohol abuse takes a shocking toll on not just the mind, but also the body.  Introducing an organised exercise event into their routine will help build the women’s confidence and resilience as they improve their physical fitness while undergoing therapy,” the Commissioner said.

parkrun has been held in men’s prisons in the United Kingdom for a number of years, but this is the first time one has been hosted in an Australian women’s prison.   parkrun caters for all levels of fitness with participants able to run or walk.

“I am delighted that the world’s first female prison parkrun is being held in Western Australia. Upon release, I expect the women will be keen to keep up their fitness and join their local parkrun in their communities,” the Commissioner said.

Media contact:  Sharon Segler – 9264 6396


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