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Women in Fitness Association appoints further global ambassadors

Women in Fitness Association appoints further global ambassadors
May 11, 2020

The Women in Fitness Association (WIFA) has announced the appointment of seven new global Ambassadors, including Leisl Klaebe, Fiona Kriaris and Mel Tempest from Australia and Nikki Williams from New Zealand.

With WIFA membership growing around the world, the Association is, as it says, "committed to delivering the best experience for each and every one of our members".
To help achieve this, it adds "the ambassador team plays a critical role in sharing the WIFA mission and supporting women in fitness around the globe." 

Leisl Klaebe
Leisl Klaebe is the Group Exercise Manager of three new Virgin Active clubs in Sydney and manages a timetable of over 400 classes a week, with a team of over 70 highly skilled GEX Coaches. 

With close to 20 years experience in the fitness industry, she is respected as a motivational leader, a regular industry writer, a popular GEX Coach and a former recipient of the coveted Virgin Active Star Award.

Fiona Kriaris
Health and Wellness Product Manager for YMCA Victoria, over the past decade Fiona Kriaris has had exposure to various aspects of the business which includes being a fitness professional, leader in staff development and culture, facility management, business tendering, and product development. 

With a dedicated focus on holistic wellbeing her studies extend internationally from UCLA at the Mindful Awareness Research Centre, being the first Australian with this global accreditation. Her most recent role as an Implementation Leader for the Victorian Government initiative ‘Change our Game’ is to bring equality and inclusivity to females in sport, active recreation and leadership roles, ensuring there is cultural and social change.

Mel Tempest
The high profile Mel Tempest (pictured) is a national and internationally demanded fitness speaker and presenter; business coach; founder of the Gym Owners’ Fitness Business Network and Podcast; facilitator and owner of the Ignite Fitness Business events in Australasia; and one of Australia’s most innovative and long-standing gym operators.

Nikki Williams
Having worked around the world in the fitness industry for 30+ years as a group exercise instructor, personal training, studio coordinator and small business owner, Nikki Williams is the NZ Distributor for Power Music and NZ Personal Training Council Ambassador for Auckland. 

Williams has been the Auckland-based for Business Development Manager with ExerciseNZ in October 2018.

Over the past year, WIFA has also appointed Sawsan A. Alsayyed and Rania Boucher as Middle East Ambassadors.

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