AUSactive Awards 2023 Winners Announced

At a spectacular sold-out Gala Event at Federation Square in Melbourne last night, the AUSactive National Awards 2023 winners were crowned across 31 individual, business and community categories marking the biggest and most successful annual awards program for the Australian health and wellbeing industry in recent years.

Showcasing shinning talent from right across Australia, the AUSactive Awards celebrate professionals, business owners and industry experts who demonstrate passion, care and dedication day-in, day-out helping others to be more physically active.

AUSactive National Awards 2023 National Winners

Category Winner
Accredited Exercise Professional of the Year Jo-Anne Starkie
Aqua Professional of the Year Marlee King
CEC provider of the Year Polestar Pilates Australia
CEC provider of the Year Australian Institute of Fitness
Educator of the Year Kimberley Garlick
LesMills Exercise Instructor of the Year Joel Costello
Franchise Group of the Year Fitness Enhancement Personal Training
Franchisee of the Year Adam Kennedy, World Gym Chullora
Functional Fitness Business of the Year Gunnedah Health & Fitness Co
Functional Fitness Trainer of the Year Steven Halligan
LesMills Group Exercise Leader of the Year Lisa-Marie Gleeson
Active Xchange Healthy Council Award City of Kwinana – Healthy Lifestyles in Kwinana Project
MyZone Independent Business of the Year Deadlifts and Deathmetal
Technogym Industry Innovation Award Cérge, Belgravia Leisure and Belgravia Foundation
Leisure Centre of The Year Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre
Mental Health Awareness Award Fernwood Fitness – Mental Health First Aid
Most Inclusive and/or Diverse Program Confit Pathways
OneMusic Multiservice Business of the Year 5th Element Wellness
OneMusic Personal Trainer of the Year Korin Koutsomihalis
Pilates Journal Pilates Business of the Year Strong Pilates Somerton Park
Pilates Journal Pilates Professional of the Year Catherine Giannitto
Active Xchange Social Value & Community Impact Award Good Energy Run Club
OnePlayground Student of the Year Patrick Mitchell
Yoga Business of the Year One Big Heart
Yoga Professional of the Year Ellen Nash
People’s Choice – Registered Professional Dorothy Gaunt
People’s Choice Large Business Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre
People’s Choice Medium Sized Business Fernwood St Kilda
People’s Choice Small Business Halligan’s Fitness
Guild Insurance Quality Accredited Business of the Year Goldfields Oasis
Special Awards  
Roll of Honour Chris Hicks
Roll of Honour Korin Koutsomihalis
Roll of Honour Marietta Mehanni
Roll of Honour Paul Brown
Chairs Award Justin McDonell


AUSactive CEO Barrie Elvish said this year’s Awards Program celebrated the increased scope of the Australian health, fitness and wellbeing industry.

Congratulations to our national and state winners! Last night was all about you and I’m immensely proud of your achievements. This year we had more entries from the increasing number of modalities AUSactive supports than ever before and I can only see this continuing to grow in years to come,” Mr Elvish said.

“The growth of our industry in the wake of COVID has been phenomenal. Embracing physical activity for our mind and body is vital to leading healthier lives and to see the passion in a room of more than 400 people who dedicate their lives and careers to ensuring people get the best out of their fitness or physical activity is unbelievable.

Mr Elvish said state category winners were also announced at this year’s National Gala for the first time.

“We wanted to elevate the recognition our state winners also received this year. This saw a further 46 state awards presented last night. In all, 81 individuals, business, community groups and special award recipients were honoured in this year’s AUSactvie National Awards 2023.

“Finally, I would like to thank our sponsors, supporting businesses and our AUSactive Awards Judging Panel and team awards team. We really cannot do this without all your hard work and support!”