When will the challenge take place?
The competition is run nationally for 3 weeks starting on Monday the third of September 2018, and ending at midnight on Sunday the 23rd of September 2018.
How do I count my steps?
The challenge requires you to bring your own pedometer or fitness tracker. Pedometers or fitness trackers will record the number of steps you take each day. You are required to utilise your chosen device for the duration of the challenge.
Check out the guide on accessible pedometers for more information.
How fit do I have to be to participate?
You don’t need to be an athlete to participate, and we encourage everyone to give it a go and start at their own level. You should notice your fitness levels improving as you go through the challenge. If you have any health concerns, please consult with your healthcare professional before participating.
What are my responsibilities as a Team Captain?
Your leadership, encouragement and enthusiasm will have a very strong influence on the success of the participants in your team during your challenge.
As a Team Captain, you are responsible for:
• Encouraging team members to be active
• Ensuring team members are wearing pedometers or activity trackers
• Ensuring team members are recording their steps on the
Participate Vision Australia website every week
• Collating any team members results and submitting the results by the due date on the Step-tember webpage
• Viewing team progress and updating your team mates.
When do I have to log my steps?
Your steps are required to be entered via the Step-tember webpage by 5pm (AEST) every Tuesday during the challenge. This means the 11th, 18th, and 25th of September, 2018. If you are unable to log your steps please send them to your Team Captain, who can log them on your behalf.
Can I convert other exercise to steps?
Yes! The good news is that other forms of exercise you may do during the week can be converted into steps. Check out our guide here to read how to convert your minutes of physical activity into steps.
How are the prizes awarded?
All prizes will be awarded after the conclusion of the Challenge. Prizes will be awarded to the three teams with the highest number of average steps logged with Vision Australia at the end of the Challenge. The total number of steps taken by the team will be divided by the number of people in the team to find the average steps taken. This means that teams of different sizes can compete on a level playing field. Spot prizes will also be awarded, just for being involved.
Can people aged under 18 years participate?
This year, only people aged over 18 years can participate in the Vision Australia Step Challenge.