Fitness Instructor Euthimia Spiridonidis is showing the power and possibilities of a career change by being honoured as Central Institute of Technology’s 2015 Student of the Year last night.

Euthimia (Meah), from Karrinyup, was presented with the title at Central’s annual award gala at the Empyrean in Northbridge.

The newly qualified fitness instructor began her working life as a change management and training consultant in the corporate world.

“After working in consulting it was clear that the type of work and environment was not suited to what I wanted to do and how I wanted to live my life. Health and fitness has always been an important area to me and realising that I could potentially build a career in the industry really inspired me to take on the challenge,” said Meah.

Euthimia in the gym she manages
Meah in the gym she manages

Her passion for the fitness industry comes down to her view that today’s society has lost the essential elements of what it is to be fit and healthy.

“We live in a world where we are predominantly sedentary; our lives are served up to us on screens and being active has been lost. The effect of this on individuals and their wellbeing is not only physically huge, but mentally is enormous and extends far beyond the individual,” explained Meah.

As part of her training, Meah was involved in a physical activity program with the Disability Services Commission and would like to do the same with similar initiatives.

“Volunteering my time to help in aged care and disability programs from a fitness perspective I believe would be very rewarding,” said Meah.

She is currently working at Central’s Vibe Gym where she applies her skills and knowledge gained from her studies.

“Long-term, I would like to have my own business offering health and wellness services, not only in regards to fitness but also nutrition and massage in order to provide a holistic service for the mind, body and soul of my clients.”

Olympic Effort

Monday 20th to Friday 24th of October was a normal week for most of us, but for others it was the culmination of months, even years, of hard work and training.

The Special Olympics provides year round sports training and competition to children and adults with an intellectual disability in a variety of Olympic-type events. It gives the opportunity to develop fitness and build relationships with teammates, friends, family and community, as well as overcome personal challenges.

Like the Olympic games, the national and international competitions of the Special Olympics only happen every four years, with athletes preparing often years in advance.

The 2014 Special Olympics National Games were held in Melbourne and featured a number of Central students competing as part of Team WA. These were:

Eric Wyatt – Basketball

Lynett Kinrade – Soccer

Bradley turner – Softball

Scott Bell – Ten Pin Bowling

Matias Silva – Basketball

Geoffrey Holloway – Aquatics

Peter Furnell – Aquatics

Brendon Masters – Soccer

The National Special Olympic Games not only gives intellectually disabled people the opportunity to compete with interstate rivals, but also the chance to compete in the Pan Pacific Games and the World Special Olympics in Los Angeles next year.

Team WA competed in a range of sports including, Aquatics, Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Golf, Gymnastics, Sailing, Soccer, Softball and Tennis.

The athletes arrived home to a warm welcome on the Saturday. While a few of the athletes were sporting medals round their necks; all of the participants were greeted at the airport with a proud, crowded fanfare of parents and friends celebrating their return.

Train for a reason

You don’t win HBF’s annual Run for a Reason without having a high level of fitness.  This year’s winner Brandon Hargreaves is no different.  But what is different about Brandon, is that Central helped get him across the line. Brandon completed his Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness with Central in 2013. Clearly this dual qualification combo isn’t bad for those looking to enter the fitness industry who want to hit the ground running.

Congratulations Brandon on a great achievement.

View Central’s Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness