At the age of 25 I embarked on my first overseas trip, including my first big walk, the Inca Trail in Peru. Our guide emphasised that walking to Macchu Picchu was a journey, and this made us travellers, not tourists. That idea stuck with me, and I think it’s the key to hiking: the journey is the purpose.
For some, the challenge of race day inspires them; for me, there is nothing like walking cross country with everything I need to survive carried on my back. Hiking also feeds my interests in the environment, history and photography, and makes me feel part of the landscape.
I also love travelling, and there are an endless number of walks to be discovered overseas. I have managed so far to walk in many countries including New Zealand, the United States, and of course Australia, but I still have many more walks on my wish list.
On a professional level, I hold a Bachelor of Management from James Cook University, and a Graduate Certificate of Career Development and Education from RMIT University. I am a Fitness Australia registered Personal Trainer and a practising Career Counsellor (CDAA member), meaning that I can help you plan your next adventure as well as your next career move. My work history includes public service, small business, and not-for-profit organisations, and has provided me with diverse experiences to draw on.
Trails Adventure Fitness is the culmination of many years of study, personal experiences, and conversations over cups of coffee. It grew from a love of the outdoors and the belief that health includes physical as well as mental wellbeing, and of course, that exercise should be fun.
Over the years, I saw people feeling stressed for hours before the strenuous training sessions they had planned and realised that for some, this is just not the right option. Stress takes a toll on the body, so worrying about exercise takes away from its physical benefits. In hiking, I found what’s right for me. Now, through Trails Adventure Fitness, you can experience a fitness program that relieves the tension of modern life, rather than adding to it, and maybe find what’s right for you too.