AUSactive Awards 2023 – Queensland Finalists Announced

This year, the State and National Winners across all categories will be announced at a Gala Event to be held on 15 September 2023.

The Queensland Finalists, announced at a networking event in Brisbane last night are:

The Queensland Finalists, announced at a networking event in Brisbane last night are:

Accredited Exercise Professional of the Year

  • Robyn Jane, Simone Ka

Aqua Professional of the Year

  • Amy Price-Wilson

CEC provider of the Year

  • Australian Institute of Fitness, Tensegrity Training

Educator of the Year

  • Dundee Kim, Giovanni Capello, Richard Toutounji, Tracey Nicholson

Exercise Instructor of the Year

  • Amy Anderson, Ellen Graham, Lauren Antonenko, Steven Halligan, Tammie Rafferty

Group Exercise Leader of the Year

  • Carly Burr, Steven Halligan

Industry Innovation Award

  • Cérge, Belgravia Leisure and Belgravia Foundation, Coach Welly

Franchise Group of the Year

  • Fitness Enhancement Personal Training, Jetts Fitness, Snap Fitness, World Gym Australia

Franchisee of the Year

  • (Kathie Long) Fernwood Toowoomba, (Ben Bergmeier) World Gym Burleigh, (Carly Burr) World Gym Toowoomba

Independent Business of the Year

  • Fitness Forever, Paradise Fitness Clubs, Vector Health & Performance

Leisure Centre of The Year

  • Mount Warren Sports Centre – Logan City Council

Mental Health Awareness Award

  • Lina Life Fitness – Halina Williams. Safe postnatal exercise program – Kangatraining Australia, ‘Move your mood for good' campaign – Snap Fitness Australia

Finalist for Most Inclusive and/or Diverse Program

  • Clem Jones Centre – Special Populations in Fitness, Fit Your Ability, Corporate Wellness program – WellCorp Health and Wellness

Multiservice Business of the Year

  • AJ's Sports Centre, Fernwood Toowoomba

Personal Trainer of the Year

  • Lauren “Loz” Antonenko, Steven Halligan, Suanne Lowery

Pilates Professional of the Year

  • Kathie Long, Renee Hambly

Pilates Business of the Year

  • Inna Essence, Morning Light Studio

Yoga Professional of the Year

  • Lisa Randall, Sharon Neish

Yoga Business of the Year

  • Morning Light Studio, Yoga Flow

Functional Fitness Trainer of the Year

  • Amy Anderson, Sharni Lee, Steven Halligan

Functional Fitness Business of the Year

  • Paradise Fitness Clubs

Student of the Year

  • Matthew Mina

Social Value & Community Impact Award

  • Clem Jones Centre -Special Populations in Fitness, inSports Health & Fitness – Logan City Council, Move It NQ

People’s Choice – Registered Professional

  • Amy Anderson, Aurelio Henrique Machado, Stacey Eddy

People’s Choice Large Sized Business

  • Fernwood Toowoomba, Belgravia Leisure

People’s Choice Medium Sized Business

  • Clem Jones Centre

People’s Choice Small Business

  • Steven Halligan, Inner Strength Training & Nutrition


AUSactive CEO Barrie Elvish said this year’s judges were impressed by the passion and dedication of this year’s award entries, including a number of first timers to the Awards Program.

“Congratulations to the Queensland Finalists! Recognising the shining individuals and businesses in our growing industry is one of the most important roles AUSactive does as the industry’s leading membership association,” Mr Elvish said.

“The range of categories we now have on offer means there is greater scope for rewarding and celebrating the passion and commitment put into the role of fitness professional, business owner or community leader.”

For more information on this year’s Award Finalists and the National Gala Event on 15 September go to https://awards.ausactive.org.au/

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