Ballantyne’s fitness interests transcend the footy field
Gym goers and fitness enthusiasts in Kwinana have been rubbing sweaty shoulders with a household AFL name, with Fremantle Dockers star Hayden Ballantyne involved in the local community.
Away from the furore of the footy spotlight, the electric forward is the co-owner of Anytime Fitness in Kwinana along with business partner Jarrad Miles, who is profiled in April’s Sound Magazine.
Ballantyne, who lives locally in Baldivis, told theTelegraph that having a local project away from football was important.
“Obviously being a footballer, fitness is a big thing in my life and Jarrad is a fit guy so we decided to buy a gym and do something we love as a profession,” he said.
“I come in as often as I can; during the off-season I’m here basically every day doing what I need to do for Freo.”
Given Kwinana’s poor health profile, Ballantyne stressed the importance of keeping fit.
“It’s a young demographic down here with lots of young families coming in to stay healthy, the group fitness classes are popular,” he said.
“All it takes is half an hour a day to jump on a bike or push some weights. It makes a big difference to help to lose some weight or stay fit.”
Ballantyne said that he enjoyed interacting with Fremantle fans at the gym and that he and Anytime Fitness played a role in the community.
“I used to play against Kwinana Knights (for Baldivis Brumbies) and now we sponsor their junior footy club and help them out with their jumpers each year,” he said.
“Freo do a lot of school clinics but unfortunately not many Dockers players get down this far south, so Jarrad and I are open to getting involved with the schools and to talk about health and fitness.”
Despite a disappointing opening round defeat to the Western Bulldogs on Sunday, Ballantyne said the Dockers were in good shape, with former Peel Thunder prodigy Harley Bennell an exciting addition over the off-season.
“We started all guns blazing (last season) but unfortunately faded towards the end of the year,” he said.
“It’s been a long hard pre-season, I’m feeling as fit I can be and so is everyone else. Winning a grand final is still the end game; fingers crossed it’s this year.”
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