'Loser' sets record
THE BIGGEST Loser message is coming across loud and clear in the Clarence Valley with a record field entering the contest.
After Sunday's second weigh-in, 121 people have entered the contest to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Competition organiser Lois Robinson, from Grafton Midday Rotary, was "stoked" at the record-breaking response and the numbers already turning up at the free training offered to contestants.
"We had 33 on Monday morning and 35 on the Wednesday afternoon," Mrs Robinson said.
The only downside to the numbers has been a relatively low turnout on the Lower Clarence.
"It's the first time we've seriously offered the contest outside Grafton," she said.
"I think we've got really good word of mouth here, but the message hasn't caught on downriver just yet."
Mrs Robinson said individuals and teams of up to seven people competed to lose weight through changing to a healthier, more active lifestyle before the final weigh-in on November 17.
During that time fitness companies Xplode Personal Training and Bodyrock Fitness provide free training sessions to contestants.
During the competition there will be intermediate weigh-ins at four weekly intervals to monitor contestants' progress.
The competition is organised by Grafton Midday and Maclean Rotary clubs comes under the umbrella of Clarence Valley Health Communities, a Clarence Valley Council body funded by the Federal Government.