- Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
- What’s the Buzz Social Skills Group Facilitator
- Applied Behavioural Analysis Therapist
- Teacher of Swimming and Water Saftey
- Certificate 3 in Fitness (Currently Undertaking)
Why I got into the industry: My journey and qualifications are unique, as I have chosen to merge two areas into one. In high school I always thought I would be a personal trainer because of my love for Elite sports. However, after studying psychology at University for 4 years I realised that wanted to combine the physical and mental aspects of exercise and fitness to provide a total mind body service that is currently being undervalued in the industry.
An important lesson that I’ve learnt so far in my career is: Allow yourself to be open to change, challenge conventional pathways, be creative and bold. This quote sums up my experience the best –
“Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that is the one that is going to lead you to the most growth.”
A career highlight: My psychology career highlight would be working with a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, providing early intervention therapy for 2 years and being a pivotal part of the reason he was able to join a mainstream school.
As I have not been heavily involved in the face to face training aspect of PEAQ my career highlight in regards to the business is seeing how Sean has grown his business over the past 5 years to a really professional standard.
My favourite part about the fitness industry is: Guiding people to realise that change is possible. The only thing standing in the way of change is old routines and habits.
My clients hate it when I: Harp on about positive mindset. Sometimes an exercise just really sucks!
In my spare time you’ll find me: Probably exercising! It’s sad but true. Exercise and movement is a massive part of my life. This could look like going for a swim with a friend, hiking, hitting the gym, kayaking, walking my 2 dogs or playing netball.
Advice I have for anyone looking to get into this industry: This industry is multifaceted. You do not have to go down the conventional PT training pathways to be involved in health and fitness. Research your options, get involved in as many different aspects as you can and volunteer as much as possible in your early years to gain first hand experience and build valuable contacts.