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Karen Sweaney

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Karen Sweaney

Co-founder and Editor, Australasian Leisure Management

Artist, geoscientist and specialist writer on the leisure industry, Karen Sweaney is Editor and co-founder of Australasian Leisure Management.

Based in Sydney, Australia, her specific areas of interest include the arts, entertainment, the environment, fitness, tourism and wellness.

She has degrees in Fine Arts from the University of Sydney and Geological Oceanography from UNSW.

Emergency Response Beacon activated to prevent rip drownings

Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) has advised that one of its latest to be installed Emergency Response Beacons (ERBs) was used twice last week to assist in the rescue of people at The Ruins…

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Jan 7, 2024 Karen Sweaney Environment / Recreation / Safety / Technology /


Taronga and Melbourne Zoo challenged by monkey escapes, false alarms and euthanasia

Zookeepers at Taronga Western Plains Zoo identified that a spider monkey had left its habitat in the morning of 2nd January while on 3rd January a false alarm was activated at Melbourne Zoo…

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Jan 5, 2024 Karen Sweaney Attractions / Education / Safety / Zoos /


Inghams Instagram analysis shows Australia ranks second and New Zealand seventh for unspoilt landscapes

Walking holiday provider, Inghams, has revealed the results of its analysis on Instagram hashtags to reveal the landscapes around the world most commonly described as ‘unspoilt’.…

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Jan 4, 2024 Karen Sweaney Environment / Parks / Recreation / Tourism /


Perth’s Fringe World organiser ends partnership with Woodside

Following a multi-year campaign by members of the Western Australian arts community to remove Woodside’s involvement in Perth's Fringe World Festival, the organisation that runs the…

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Jan 3, 2024 Karen Sweaney Arts / Culture / Entertainment / Environment / Events /


Digital winter theme park opens in Vietnam resort complex Phu Quoc

Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. announced on 29th December that it has opened 'Ice Jungle', a digital theme park in a luxury residential resort complex on Phu Quoc…

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Jan 3, 2024 Karen Sweaney Attractions / Entertainment / Technology / Tourism /


Nutrition and fitness expert spotlights benefits of MyFitnessPal app

With New Year resolutions underway for Australians, data from health and fitness tracking smartphone app MyFitnessPal shows that many could need help staying on track, as over half (57%)…

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Jan 3, 2024 Karen Sweaney Fitness / Technology / Wellness /


Disney expands presence in China with world’s first Zootopia-themed land opening in Shanghai

Disney's expanding presence in the Chinese market has been highlighted by its opening of the world's first Zootopia-themed land at Shanghai Disneyland. Based on the hugely successful…

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Dec 21, 2023 Karen Sweaney Attractions / Entertainment / Tourism /

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Kevin Wilson

PhD Student, Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Kevin Wilson has worked in recreational programming for approximately 10 years and has a passion for recreational sport, leadership development and community. His research interests include sport participation, sport and recreation facilities, program outcomes and campus recreation. Over the last two years, he's served as a member of the NIRSA Canada Leadership Team. For his PhD, he'd like to conduct research in the Campus Recreation space to help better understand how post-secondary institutions and campus recreation professionals can understand and meet students' changing needs.

Manuscripts In Review
Wilson, K. E. S., & Millar, P. (IJSMM-303252). Investigating the sport participation legacy of a major event: The case of one multi-use sport facility. International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing.

Wilson, K. E. S., & Millar, P. (RSJ.2020-0028). Examining the impact of participant benefits and service quality on intramural program satisfaction and student retention. Recreational Sports Journal.

Mel Tempest

Fitness Business Influencer Speaker Podcaster

Mel Tempest is the Chief Executive and the founder at Ignite Fitness Business Events, the host and founder of The Gym Owners Fitness Business Podcast and The Womens Leaders Fitness Business Podcast.

In 2017, Tempest, who organises fitness business events and roundtable events globally, was the first Australian to receive an award from the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and, in the same year her Ballarat health club was in the top three Smart Company Australian awards.

In 2019 and in 2020 she was recognised as a top three fitness business influencers in the USA by the Association Of Fitness Studios.

In 2005 she was the first Australian to receive approval from the Equal Opportunity Board and Human Rights Commission to open Australia’s first male gym.

In early 2021, she was named 2020 influencer of the year by the US-based Fitness Business Association.

Click here to visit Mel's LinkedIn page.

Greg Blood

Greg Blood has extensive experience as a sport librarian and researcher with an interest is in the history and development of sport policy in Australia.

Employed as a librarian at Australian Institute of Sport/Australian Sports Commission from 1983 to 2011, since 2017 he has been Publications Officer, Australian Society of Sport History.

He also writes for Australian Sports Reflections.

Arthur Stanley

General Manager - Media & Communications at VenuesLive

Arthur Stanley is one of Sydney's most experienced media professionals, having spent over 40 years in mainstream media and corporate communications roles.

He joined ANZ Stadium as General Manager of Media and Communications and a member of the Executive Leadership Team in December 2011.

Click here to contact Arthur via LinkedIn.

Gwen Luscombe

Writer, editor and copywriter for the travel, tourism, business events and hospitality industry, Gwen Luscombe is Director of the Ideas Library and a former Editor of Spice magazine.

Click here to contact her via LinkedIn.

Richard Young

Freelance writer, copywriter, and editor

Richard Young is a freelance writer based in Melbourne. Originally from Ireland, he moved overseas in 2015 and began his writing journey.

From travelling and living overseas, cultural, and social differences are a go-to topic, as well as the social changes throughout multi-cultural countries.

He has found cultural diversity a fascinating avenue to explore and continues to develop new angles of interest.

Contact inquiries welcome via

Chris Skinner

Managing Director, HF Industries

Chris Skinner is the widely respected Managing Director of leading fitness supplier HF Industries.

His 40 plus years of achievement in supplying the fitness industry was profiled in Australasian Leisure Management issue 138.

Earlier this year (2020) his book Everest and Beyond - The Himalayas by Bike was published, charting a motorcycle journey he and a group of friends undertook from the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu to the city of Lhasa, capital of the Chinese region of Tibet.

Click here to contact HF Industries via their entry in the Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory.