Grant backs the big walk

The Sunday Telegraph

Sunday 30 September 2001

Superfit: Distance swimmer Grant Hackett
OLYMPIC gold medallist Grant Hackett probably swims further than he walks each day.
But the swimming star is urging people to leave their cars at home on Friday and walk to work as part of a national initiative to encourage a healthier lifestyle.

“I'm lucky because my day at `the office' is spent training and doing laps in the swimming pool,” Hackett said.
“But for those who don't get time to escape from their computer during the day, walking to work is a great start to creating a healthier lifestyle.”

Walk to Work Day is a Pedestrian Council of Australia initiative endorsed by all State governments.

Workers are being encouraged to walk to work or catch public transport.

PCA chairman Harold Scruby said the aim of the event was to raise the public's health awareness and work towards a cleaner environment.
“Last year, the awareness of the National Walk to Work Day increased from 16 per cent before the event to 43 per cent after the event,” Mr Scruby said.