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AFA5-805x630The team at AFA are here to support you through your entire Certificate III & IV in Fitness course and beyond.

For those students studying online with the Academy you may find you speak with the Academy’s Student Support Officers frequently. We are all here to help you through your course.

ASHLEE LANE – VET Fitness Program Coordinator & Lecturer

  • Certificate III & IV in Fitness
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Currently studying Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Musculoskeletal Therapies.

Qualifying as a Personal Trainer in 2009 Ashlee initially worked at Fitness First as a Contractor. After her first year she decided the indoor gym wasn’t for her and moved into outdoor training.

Ashlee has since run her own outdoor training business and subcontracted outdoor fitness camps, boxing boot camps, one on one personal training, corporate fitness camps and group training for children (grades 3 and 4).

Having now moved into education she plays an active role in supporting AFA online students and believes, rightly so, that education is key. Improving the quality of trainers from the beginning of their careers with passionate, caring and knowledgeable lecturers will set a high standard for the future of our industry. Ashlee truly believes you will not be successful in this industry without a passion for what you do and a positive outlook on life.

Ashlee’s positive energy and outlook is certain to help AFA students start their careers on the right foot.

CLAIRE KNOOP – Student Support Officer

  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science Degree, majoring in Physical Activity and Health
  • Diploma in Health Science
  • Certificate III & IV in Fitness
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Certified Crank It Coach 2014
  • Certified Punch Fit Coach
  • Certified Kettlebell Instructor
  • Body Balance Instructor
  • Certified Body Attack Instructor
  • Certified CX Worx Instructor
  • Level 2 First Aid and CPR

Claire brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion to the AFA Support Team. Her studies in sport science have given her a comprehensive education in anatomy, kinesiology, management concepts in sport, fitness assessment and prescription and athletic training, this knowledge has enhanced her desire for health and fitness, leaving her with a passion to lead by example and teach others who are starting out in the fitness industry.

Claire continues to work as a Group Exercise Instructor and believes those that teach fitness should remain current in the industry to ensure they are at the forefront of industry practice and trends. Claire has also volunteered for various organisations offering her skills and expertise, her volunteer background has involved writing articles for Nutrition Australia, which have since been published on the Nutrition Australia website.

SARAH CANTLE – Student Support Officer

  • Certificate III in Fitness – Gym instructor & Group Fitness Instructor
  • Certificate IV in Fitness – Personal Trainer
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Certificate IV in Business Sales
  • Certificate IV in Small Business Management
  • Diploma of Management
  • Diploma of Remedial Massage
  • Certified Kettlebell Instructor
  • Certified Punch Fit Instructor
  • Certified Level 2 Fighting Fit Instructor
  • Certified Crank it Instructor
  • Certified Rehab Trainer
  • Certified Zumba Instructor
  • Certified Freestyle Cycle Instructor

Sarah has a real passion for health and fitness and can be found training hard in the AFA gym most days. Sarah qualified as a Personal Trainer in 2008 and has since worked in a number of roles in the fitness industry including Fitness First in a sales and PT role and FitGym as a PT and Group Fitness Instructor.

Working as a full-time Student Support Officer and Lecturer, Sarah now also runs her own outdoor Personal Training Business Metacorr Fitness in the Eastern Suburbs. Sarah is available every day to chat with students needing support to help them through their course. Her passion for fitness coupled with her experience in the industry means Sarah can provide current, practical and relevant industry advice and always does so with a smile!

LUKE JAMES – Student Support Officer

  • Masters in Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning)
  • Bachelor of Education (Physical and Health Education)
  • Certificate 3 and 4 in fitness
  • Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment

Born and bred in Sydney, Luke made the move to ‘sunny’ Melbourne mid 2014.

Luke has been working in the fitness industry for 10-years as a Gym Instructor, Personal Trainer and Health Coach. With a passion for teaching, Luke taught Physical Education at both Primary School and High School for 4 years prior to moving into Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) to teach the Certificate III & IV in Fitness.

With an interest in Strength & Conditioning, Luke completed a Masters Degree and worked with Junior athletes in Rugby League.

Now a Student Support Officer and Lecturer at AFA, Luke is available to help students through their studies and offer a wealth of information, knowledge and experience.


  • Certificate III & IV in Fitness
  • Certificate IV Training & Assessment
  • Diploma in Recreation & Fitness
  • Thump boxing advance instructor
  • Kettlebells level 1
  • Level 2 First Aid & CPR

Tammy has been working in the Fitness Industry for the past 15 years where she has successfully performed a range of roles including personal trainer, lecturer and assessor, health and wellbeing presenter, corporate gym manager, group exercise instructor and exercise specialist.
Elite sport was the spark of Tammy’s interest in fitness where she was a scholarship holder at the Australian Institute of Sport for indoor Volleyball representing Australia for over three years. After retiring, she studied at Canberra Institute of Technology which served as a pathway into the fitness industry. Using her qualification she has gained employment in a range of corporate and commercial fitness facilities both interstate and overseas.

Tammy balances her time both lecturing certificate III & IV at AFA and operating her own Personal Training studio, having employed a recent AFA graduate into her business. Education is an element of passion for Tammy where she gets to pass on her knowledge and experiences to students first hand.

LAUREN KENNEDY – Education Manager

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement)
  • Certificate IV in Fitness – Personal Trainer
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment

Lauren kick-started her career in the fitness industry after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement.  Laurens extensive knowledge base combined with her proactive nature has allowed her to develop and thrive in the growing area of corporate health and fitness. Evolving as a strong and influential personal trainer, Lauren quickly gained a solid client base and established herself as a reputable trainer capable of producing a wide variety of client based results.

A thirst for knowledge inspired Lauren to relocate to the UK, where a role as Master Trainer in one of London’s leading health clubs broadened her experience to an international level. Lauren developed strengths in the areas of corrective functional exercise, core conditioning and pre/post natal activity. Her thorough approach, energetic passion and positive attitude translates into every personal session, something Lauren now relays to AFA Personal Training students as she educates them to become leaders in the industry.


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I am a sports physiotherapist with over 20-years experience in the health and fitness industries and currently operate a small business in the fitness and health sector on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. I have worked with the Australian Fitness Academy on several occasions and found them to be a company with outstanding standards and an excellent example of a provider of training services in the fitness industry

— Wayne Rogers, Sports Physiotherapist

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