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Congratulations to ECU’s Global Corporate Challenge participants

Friday, 16 October 2009


Well done to all ECU staff that took part in the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC). ECU’s 40 teams walked the equivalent of five times round the Earth’s equator - almost 200,000 kms.

The aim of the pedometer challenge is to increase activity. The average worker takes around 3,500 steps each day, however across the four months approx 65 per cent of the ECU teams achieved a step average of more than double that: 7,500 steps.

The most active team at ECU, Walk on the Wild Side, from the Faculty of Business and Law averaged an excellent 12,757 steps per day. Congratulations to: Ann Johannson, Nevil Alexander, Ruth Sibson, Julie Connolly, Leishele Pearce, David Russell and Arron Jackson.

They were presented with the winner’s trophy by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox at a celebratory grand finale event on Monday, 12 October 2009.

Walk on the Wild Side led the way for the majority of the challenge, but hot on their heels in the last month were runners-up The Speedy Seven from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine, who took an average of only 8 steps less per day. The Speedy Seven comprised: Mel Zilembo, Chris Donnelly, Kirsty Bayley, Janet Jenkins, Helene Metcalfe, Caron Shuttleworth and Mel Baker.

Professor Sue Stoney, Head of the Centre for Learning and Development also received a prize for being the most active individual with an amazing average of 24,972 steps per day.

ECU came 76th out of the 775 organisations that took part from 41 countries across the world.

Interestingly the 310 million total steps taken by all ECU’s teams, a total of 280 people, would burn off the calories of 77,190 glasses of wine.

All GCC participants in 2009 walked just under 68.5 billion walking steps - a huge achievement – and we look forward to even more teams taking part next year.



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