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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.

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 /


WAIS announces new Board Directors and adoption of sport integrity framework

Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) has announced the appointment of three new Board Directors along with the announcement yesterday that WAIS is the first National Institute Network…

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Dec 14, 2023 Karen Sweaney Safety / Sport /


$1.5 million otter habitat at Brooklands Zoo causes concern for New Plymouth Council

New Plymouth District Council’s last meeting of the year was held this week during which councillors were divided on the next long-term plan budget with the future of New Plymouth free…

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Dec 14, 2023 Karen Sweaney Attractions / Environment / Finance / Zoos /


Christchurch Disc Golf course endorsed by community board

Christchurch City Council has advised that the temporary disc golf course in Bottle Lake Forest Park, a production forest and recreational park located north-east of Christchurch, is staying…

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Dec 12, 2023 Karen Sweaney Events / Sport /


Weight Loss Clinics acquired as Xponential Fitness business model questioned

Xponential Fitness, the largest global franchisor of boutique fitness brands, is acquiring weight loss and wellness clinic operator Lindora. The announcement on the acquisition of Lindora…

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Dec 8, 2023 Karen Sweaney Finance / Fitness / Legal / Wellness /

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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.

Anton Kajlich

Managing Director, Anti Wave Global

Anton Kajlich is the Managing Director of Anti Wave Global Pty Ltd. The son of Anti Wave founder Anti Kajlich, Anton proudly continues on the long standing tradition of Anti Wave, 
with a renewed focus on product innovation and development, as well as increasing the availability and distribution of all Anti Wave product offerings through the development of new global partnerships.

A previous Australian Youth Polo goalie, Anton brings over 25 years of knowledge and experience in the aquatics industry. He has previously worked as Product Manager for Anti Wave, responsible for global product research and development. He has also worked for over a decade in Export Market Development with the company; responsible for the formation of new global Anti Wave partnerships around the world including the establishment of Licensed production and distribution of Anti Wave products in key international markets and regions.
Anton is committed to driving the global expansion of the Anti Wave brand and product range, through the development of new cooperative partnerships, and with a focus on new product innovations to suit the needs of clubs and facilities around the world.

He explains “the Anti Wave story and company history is based on over 50 years of continual and longstanding innovation and product development, and working towards the best possible global availability and service for all clubs and pools from the smallest facilities right up to key international events; we continue that history today with a diverse range of new products and ongoing research and development activities to keep Anti Wave at the forefront of design and innovation in the sector. We keep the needs of all clubs and facilities in the front and centre of our mind in all that we do, and we proudly maintain strong connections to ground level swim and polo teams, clubs and pools around the world; the original incubators of so much global talent, which are often forgotten or looked over by the larger aquatics organisations.’

Anton speaks English and Spanish and enjoys surfing, travelling and spending time with his wife and family.

Click here to Anti Wave Global's company profile.

Simon Weatherill

Managing Director, World Wide Sports Management

A highly experienced chief executive, Simon Weatherill has exceptional skills in leadership development and business mentoring.

Since the mid 1990s he has assisted in building Melbourne's reputation as 'The Sporting Capital of The World' by developing four major facilities and creating the Melbourne Sports Hub where community and elite sport coexist.

Currently he works with a number of organisations to improve the performance of their senior management teams.

Click here to contact him via LinkedIn.

James Croll

With a background in adventure tourism, events management and marketing, James Croll is a regular contributor to Australasian Leisure Management and Asian Leisure Business.

Click here to view his LinkedIn profile.

Daniel Henderson

Director of the Functional Training Institute and founder at Dan Henderson Coaching

Having achieved a BA in Sport and Exercise Managment, Honours in Human Movement from UTS, Dan Henderson started training in the fitness industry in 2007.

In 2008, he set up personal training studio ‘Coastal Bodies’ in Sydney. With seven trainers, the studio became one of the top performing training premises in Sydney, before he sold the business in 2017 to focus on other projects.

In 2009, he co-wrote my first accredited course, the ‘Fundamentals of Kettlebell Training’. This course has been taught to thousands of trainers worldwide and is the most popular course in Australia for personal trainers.

In the last three years Henderson and his company has produced 10 more accredited courses that are taught to trainers, becoming Australia’s leading ‘Functional Training’ education institution, employing 28 presenters in eight different countries.

Dan has presented at leading Australian and international fitness conferences and hosts his own podcast.

He can be contacted on