In order to service our members nationwide, Network has identified some key industry people to act as your state’s Ambassadors. This gives you more points of contact to find out about all things Network - from course dates and membership questions, to FILEX queries and CEC solutions, whatever your conundrum, a local Network representative can help you find a solution.
Let's meet our network of Ambassadors:
MEREDITH LITTLEFAIR – WA
Meredith is an industry professional with over 30 years’ experience in many diverse management, sales and service roles within the Western Australian health and fitness industry. As an inaugural personal trainer and aerobics instructor in the 1980s, she was also a State Competitive Aerobic finalist and three-time State Fitness Figure Champion. For the past 10 years Meredith has been managing the health and fitness centres for VenuesWest (WA’s provider of premier sports, recreation and entertainment venues). She is passionate about promoting ‘exercise for happiness’ and believes in the power of our industry to positively change lives.
Meredith can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
KAY MACKENZIE (formerly Semple) – SA
Kay is an industry role model, with over 30 years experience as a lecturer, instructor
trainer and mentor at both state and national level. She is dedicated to constantly inspiring and
supporting clients and colleagues to embrace an active lifestyle. She has achieved two national and four state aerobics titles, has coached at a world level and was a company director
and fi tness director of The Perfect Fit health centres in SA. Kay’s sense of humour and creative choreography have helped her group exercise classes build a fantastic reputation, which explains why Kay is a former recipient of the SA Fitness Leader of the Year award, and just recently received the Recreation SA Lifetime Achievement Award. Of her time in the fi tness industry Kay says, ‘I am continually rewarded and inspired by changing the lives and health of so many people, from so many walks of life.’
Kay can be contacted via email@example.com
MARIETTA MEHANNI – VIC
Marietta is an award winning Australian presenter (Author of the Year 2007, Aqua
Exercise Leader of the Year 2003) with over 20 years of group exercise teaching experience. Certifi ed with AFAA, ACE, AEA, SCW, and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, she presents regularly at national and international conventions on group fitness trends and programs. Marietta has been an integral part of developing the Gymstick concept and she is the World Master Trainer for Gymstick International. Marietta has a passion for training and education and is the co-creator of Presenter’s Inc, which assists those who want to take their instructing skills to a presenter level. She is a course coordinator, lecturer and examiner for Certificate III and IV in Group Exercise and Fitness for universities and private businesses, and presents for WETS in aqua exercise leadership.
Marietta can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Giannotti – VIC
Amy is a dietitian, sports dietitian, personal trainer, strength and conditioning and running coach, author of ebook Fit Fabulous Foodie and creator of the healthy breakfast ‘Amy's Grains’. Through her business Eating Fit, she consults to a variety of clients, including many athletes, from all over the world. Amy specialises in weight management, hypertrophy, eating disorders, allergies and intolerances, vegan/vegetarian eating, pregnancy and sports performance. She also delivers group education and seminars to corporate, sporting, school and fitness groups. Amy’s success with athletes and performance and weight management stems from her own experience as an athlete. She has competed at high levels in running and triathlon, also making the Australian team for Sprint and Olympic distance triathlon and the Standard Duathlon for her age group.
Amy can be contacted via email@example.com
Colin Millington – TAS
Colin is co-owner and a director for Personal Best Fitness in Hobart. He is a Level 3 Registered Exercise Professional and a spin, fitbar, group exercise instructor and Smartshape coach. Colin started taking aerobic classes in 1982 and became a fitness leader in 1986. He subsequently established the Tasmanian United Fitness Leaders Association in 1987 which later became Fitness Tasmania. During his 30 years in the fitness industry Colin has presented at FILEX and Network conventions and also organised and promoted one-day fitness seminars in Tasmania. He was an aerobics competitor and became the first accredited aerobics coach in Tasmania in 1994, as well as the director of the Tasmanian Aerobics Championships from 1988 to 1993. Colin was also the Tasmanian coordinator for Network between 1989 and 1995, so he’s relishing being back on board with Network as our Tassie Ambassador.
Colin can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
Cherie Hussey – QLD
Cherie’s 25-year commitment to the fitness industry has been somewhat of a revolving door! While studying her Business Management and Marketing degree in 1994, she worked her way up to manage her first independent club and PT studio and served on the board of Fitness Victoria. A brief foray into finance and property was followed by a move back into fitness management, some postgraduate study in accounting, a role as an industry trainer for new fitness business owners and a national PT coordinator role in the 24-hour fitness franchise market. Cherie has managed some amazing PT teams and believes the key to PT retention is recruit – train – build – elevate. With our industry increasingly contractor-based, she says, ‘just because your PTs pay rent doesn’t mean you need to treat them like tenants!’ Her philosophy for successful team leadership? "Work on your ‘why’ together and the success will come!"
Cherie can be contacted via email@example.com
JUSTIN TAMSETT – NSW
Justin began his fitness industry career in 1989 as gym instructor and personal trainer. He has a Bachelor of Education in Physical and Health Education and since 1990 he has opened two green fi eld clubs, purchased two clubs, rescued members from four clubs that went broke, and sold both of his clubs – suffi ce to say he has experienced and learned from the full gambit of business in the fi tness industry! These days, Justin is the managing director of Active Management, a role where he consults with fi tness businesses worldwide in everything from start up and design to marketing and sales systems. He also facilitates four Australian and New Zealand Fitness Round Tables, which allows him to experience a huge cross section of business models.
Justin can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
MANNY KATTS – NSW
Manny is a group fitness manager, presenter, personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and the director of Warriorkatt.com. He has been consulting and presenting in the fi tness industry for over 23 years, with his work taking him as far afi eld as Hong Kong, Germany, Canada and Indonesia. He has recently taken up a leadership role with Fitness First, and he has also worked with corporate clients including Optus, Microsoft and the Attorney General’s Department. Manny is passionate about the fight against obesity, and the reduction of our carbon footprint. A regular FILEX presenter for the past decade, one of Manny’s unique characteristics is his natural ability to entertain. This innate skill to engage anyone and everyone has contributed to his success as an accomplished professional actor, as well as to his popularity in the fitness industry.
Manny can be contacted via email@example.com
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