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Director: Colleen Wilson-Lord OAM

Colleen, along with Dr Garry Egger, established the first AquaFitness training courses in Australia. Colleen has been conducting Aquafitness Training for the past 20 years and is recognised as one of the leaders in Aquatic Exercise Programs. Over the past two years Colleen has conducted Aquafitness Training Courses for the Greater Western Area Health Service and has trained over 80 Aquafitness leaders in that time.

Colleen has also designed and developed many other national wellness training programs - Walking for Pleasure, Gentle Exercise, Vacations for Pleasure, Keeping the Memory Keen, Life Games, and Lifeball, the new sport recently accepted into the Australian Regional Masters Games.

Lifeball is coordinated by Colleen and she also supervises the administration and training of personnel belonging to 60 organisations involved with Lifeball across Australia, representing over 1,200 players whose ages range from early 40s to late 80s.

Colleen's Husband, Dr Brian Lord, will be presenting Lifeball at the World Congress on Active Ageing, to be held in Melbourne in June 2016.   

As part of the National Sports Ability program, Colleen runs training courses through the Department of Sport and Recreation for school teachers, covering all aspects of sport and recreation for people with disabilities.

Over the past ten years, Colleen, alongside the PoleAbout “Walking Wizard” Michael Gates, has developed, promoted, and conducted training courses on Pole Walking in Australia. Together they have introduced this recreational fitness program into many remote and regional areas of Australia, and have trained fitness professionals, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and other allied health professionals.

  • Murrumbidgee Area Health Service, and the Greater Western Area Health Service
  • NSW Department of Health;
  • Gateway Health, Victoria, and Alpine Health;
  • Dept. of Sport and Recreation, Riverina and Greater Western Regions;
  • Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs, ACT; and
  • Community Fitness Australia. 

As the Director of her own company, Healthy Lifestyle Health Promotion Services, Colleen has presented at many overseas conferences on the subject of healthy lifestyle for the over 50s.

Colleen has been recognised for her dedication and skill by the Australian Fitness Industry, being awarded the Australian Fitness Industry’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Colleen has received many other awards for her untiring work in the development of fitness and recreational programs including Citizen of the Year, Rotary Pride of Workmanship, Fellow of Australian Council for Health Physical Education and Recreation, NSW Premiers Award (twice) and an Order of Australia Medal.