March 23, 2023

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Following a series of successful events across the country, AUSactive has completed presentations to regional and state winners in its 2022 National Awards program.
The award events, held both live and online between 7th and 21st September, saw presentations made in 10 award categories.
Events honouring the state winners also featured Fitness Biz ’22, a roundtable showcasing global industry and sales trends, presented by leading industry consultant Justin Tamsett of Active Management.
AUSactive is now moving forward with the culmination of the National Awards Program with a gala event in Sydney on 21st October 2022 where the national winners will be presented their awards.
Originally intended as an evening events ceremony, the success of the Fitness Biz roundtables has prompted AUSactive to add a Senior Management Summit on the day of the National Awards Gala.
The full day Summit will feature tailored content carefully crafted exclusively for anyone in the health and exercise industry who is passionate about what they do and is looking to accelerate their learning and knowledge for the future. An AUSactive spokesperson advised that "this is an exciting opportunity for business owners, corporate staff, key operating personnel and marketing professionals in the sector to come together to learn from keynote speakers, expert panels and international thought leaders."
State Winners
AUSactive congratulates the following 54 State/Territory Winners who also qualify for the National Awards:
Rising Star Exercise Instructor of the Year
Kathie Long, Queensland
Exercise Instructor of the Year 2022
Korin Koutsomihalis, NSW 
Mani Bhusal, ACT 
Charmaine Gaces, Northern Territory
Shaun Radford, Queensland
Jo Cordell-Cooper, Tasmania
Jenny Harrison, Victoria 
Carmel Punaro, Victoria
JoAnn Wigley, Western Australia
Rising Star Personal Trainer of the Year 
Emma Combs, ACT
Elaine Zhang, NSW
Melissa Buckingham, Victoria
Personal Trainer of the Year
Christopher Kostrzewa, NSW
Lauren Antonenko, Queensland
Anna Liptak, South Australia
Jo Cordell-Cooper, Tasmania
Caterina Moscatello Kuchmar, Victoria
Dmitri Kogan, Western Australia
Kristy Linden, Western Australia
Group Exercise Leader of the Year 
Charell Berg, NSW
Lisa Collins, Queensland
Lisa-Marie Gleeson, Victoria
Sarah Ford, Western Australia
Independent Business of the Year 
Nathan's Mobile PT, ACT
Aquafit Health Fitness Wellbeing, NSW
G Fitness Freshwater, NSW
Get Physical Fitness & Squash, Northern Territory
Fitness Forever, Queensland
Body Fit Training Kent Town, South Australia
5th Element Wellness, Victoria
Most Diverse or Inclusive Program or Facility
WeFlex | Health & Fitness for Every Body, NSW
Move It NQ, Queensland
Sonder PACE program, South Australia
Australian Multicultural Community Services, Victoria
Social Value & Community Award
Streetgym Central Coast, NSW
Somerset Health and Fitness, Queensland
Sonder PACE Program, South Australia
Healthy George Town, Tasmania
Better Health Company, Victoria
Active Armadale, Western Australia
People’s Choice Business
Anytime Fitness Canberra City, ACT
Aquafit Health Fitness Wellbeing, NSW
Get Physical Fitness & Squash, Northern Territory
Kanga Training Australia, Queensland
Dans Gym Australia, South Australia
BFT Tasmania, Tasmania
747 Fitness, Victoria
Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre, Western Australia
People’s Choice AUSactive Professional of the Year
Amy Anderson, Queensland
Mani Bhusal, ACT
Sree Harshini, NSW
Leanne Mollison, South Australia
Melissa Buckingham, Victoria
Patricia Angelica Rojo-Diaz, Western Australia
Charmaine Gaces, Northern Territory
Click here for tickets for the AUSactive Senior Management Summit.
Click here to book tickets for the AUSactive National Gala Awards.
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14th September 2022 – Jean Hailes National Women’s Health Survey reveals impact of COVID and lockdowns on women’s health and fitness
8th September 2022 – Yarra Leisure partners with AUSactive to deliver inclusive fitness programs
6th September 2022 – Latest club opening part of Planet Fitness’ goal to ‘democratise’ fitness
2nd September 2022 – AUSactive highlights industry-wide jobs and skills shortage
30th August 2022 – State events set to showcase AUSactive National Awards winners along with key industry trends
30th August 2022 – Port Hedland Leisure achieves AUSactive quality accreditation
10th August 2022 – AUSactive webinars to offer mental health support
27th July 2022 – AUSactive’s Barrie Elvish named Chair of World Active Forum
13th July 2022 – Judges announced for 2022 AUSactive Awards
12th July 2022 – AUSactive ready to engage with new Federal Government to deliver national wellbeing budget
11th July 2022 – AUSactive calls for input to future fitness trends survey
6th June 2022 – AUSactive expands its National Awards Program in 2022
7th March 2022 – AUSactive report findings stress important role of personal trainers in nation’s health and wellbeing
25th November 2021 – With a new vision for health and wellbeing Fitness Australia announces rebranding as AUSactive
21st October 2021 – 2021 Fitness Australia Award winners announced
13th May 2021 – WeFlex uses regular exercise to improve the length and quality of life for people with disabilities
23rd March 2021 – Fitness Australia says industry ‘continues to strengthen’ 12 months since COVID-19 shutdowns
14th December 2020 – Locals drive Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre’s push for industry accreditation
20th September 2019 – Fitness Australia looks for constitution changes to add registered personal trainers on board
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