2016 Mark McKean, PhD
Mark is a fitness industry veteran of almost three decades. As a Senior Research Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast, he developed the Fitness Research program and the Journal of Fitness Research, which has enabled him to share industry-specific information with Network’s savvy members.
Mark firmly believes that it’s only through education and increased awareness of quality information that we can make a real difference to the health and wellness of all Australians.
Network’s editor, Oliver Kitchingman, said: ‘In an age where we can get fitness information – and misinformation – from countless self-styled online experts, it’s more important than ever to cut through the noise to get balanced and scientifically-based content from an experienced and trusted source. Mark consistently ticks all these boxes.’
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2015 JENNIFER SCHEMBRI-PORTELLI
The founder of Water Exercise Training Service (WETS), Jennifer has been a high quality and regular contributor to a number of Australian Fitness Network publications for more than two decades.
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2014 WENDY SWEET
Wendy has been involved with the health and fitness industry in Australasia for three decades, during which time she has displayed an enduring commitment to the development of personal training, both through formal education and through sharing her wealth of fitness knowledge via the written word.
In addition to the articles she has written for Network magazine, Wendy has contributed to The New Zealand Herald and Fitness Life, among others, and created resources for Skills Active New Zealand.
In 2011 Wendy received Fitness New Zealand’s award for ‘The Most Outstanding Contribution to the Fitness Industry’ in recognition of her role in pioneering and developing personal training education, establishing personal training modules for university courses, and helping to create the REPS registration system.
A very deserving recipient of the Author of the Year Award, Wendy has a skill for writing articles that manage to be engaging and relevant, while also being fully supported by empirical evidence and thorough research. Her integrity and her passion for sharing her knowledge to help improve industry standards is evident in all of her writing.
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