When I took the reins as Network editor many years ago, I must confess to feeling a little daunted by the responsibility, because it was immediately apparent just how passionate and loyal a membership our publication was serving. Framed editions of previous Network magazines adorned the walls of the office, a reminder of the legacy carved out by my predecessors in the editor’s chair: Analee, Justine, Jan and Lyn.
For many years, including the earliest days of the fledgling Australian fitness industry, Network magazine was the only source of information, the ‘bible’ as many called it, for the new ‘fitness leaders’ and club operators that were eager to learn about new aerobics choreography and music, pick up tips for writing exercise programs and improve their sales processes.
Times change, the internet arrived and with it the way we consume information. While adopting new online formats we continued to create the magazine, each issue for the past 15 years beautifully designed by Jack Lee of Novu Creative.
In 2017 we stopped printing, and now, after more than 30 years and around 200 issues, we’re bidding a fond farewell to Network magazine. We are continuing to publish PT, GX and business articles, profiles, competitions, CEC opportunities and more, just in formats that better suit how we all interact with media today.
To every Network Member and contributor that has supported the magazine at any point, and for some of you at every point, over the past four decades, we say an enormous thank you.
In the final issue many of those involved in the magazine over the years share their reflections. For myself, and the editors before me, it’s been incredibly rewarding putting each issue together, and I’m personally very proud of the breadth of content we have covered, and the way in which it has evolved over the years to reflect the increasing diversity and inclusivity of our industry.
While we look forward to continuing to publish PT, GX and business articles, profiles, competitions, CEC opportunities and more on this site, now it’s time to bid a fond farewell to Network magazine. I hope, as with every issue before it, you will find value and interest in the pages of the final issue.
Oliver Kitchingman, Editor