Local Fitness Student Claims National Prize
TAFE Queensland fitness graduate Yolandie Weir has plenty to celebrate after taking out the Fitness Australia Student of the Year Award at the 2019 Australian
Fitness Awards last week.
Ms Weir flew to Sydney on 11 April for the ceremony, where she was recognised by her peers for her commitment to the fitness industry and the impact she has had on
The national award came as a surprise to the humble mother of two (pictured below), who said she was honoured just to be made a finalist.
Yolandie Weir. Image Supplied
“It was amazing just to be there – I sat next to people who have built very successful franchises and I got to pick their brains, which was unreal,” Ms Weir said.
“When they said my name, I looked at Mum and she looked back at me to check we’d heard correctly. I’ve made so many sacrifices to get to this point and there were
times where I had an immense amount of self doubt and considered putting my goals on hold, but with the support and encouragement of others I got through it, and
it has been so worth it.
“This award is an acknowledgement of all that hard work. I wanted to set an example for my boys to never give up, and this just reinforces that I made the right choice”
It’s the second time in just five months that Ms Weir’s outstanding efforts have been celebrated, with the high achiever also awarded Student of the Year title at TAFE
Queensland’s Sunshine Coast graduation in December last year.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think what I was doing would result in all this,” Ms Weir said.
“To be recognised for doing something I’m so passionate about is just amazing.”
Having spent 28 years as an elite athlete representing Australia – during which she won national championships in gymnastics, marathon kayaking and powerlifting and
achieved and all time world ranking of two for powerlifting – Ms Weir is no stranger to the dedication required to succeed. It is a trait she brought with her to her studies at TAFE Queensland, with Ms Weir consistently going above and beyond to achieve excellence for not only herself, but for her clients.
TAFE Queensland General Manager Ana Rodger said the organisation is immensely proud of Ms Weir and everything she has achieved.
“Yolandie has gone above and beyond in pursuit of her goals, and her hard work and determination to succeed is certainly worth recognition,” Ms Rodger said.
“It is a privilege to play such an important role in helping students turn their goals into reality and reach their full potential. We could not be more proud of Yolandie and
can’t wait to see what else she accomplishes in the future.”
After 28 years competing at the top of her game, Ms Weir decided it was time to share her knowledge with others, enrolling in a Certificate IV in Fitness and Diploma
of Sports Development dual qualification with TAFE Queensland in preparation for the next step in her career. And while she still competes in boxing and Olympic
weighlighting, she has discovered a new passion helping others achieve their goals, with her sights now set on eventually opening her own facility specialising in training
people with chronic medical conditions.
“I’ve started at uni studying a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology, which I love, and I’m now working at Jamie Milne Training as a strength and conditioning and
boxing for fitness coach,” Ms Weir said.
“I also develop and oversee their kids program, which has provided a unique, exciting opportunity for me to take the best of all my training experiences from
several different sports and combine them in one program.
“In addition to that, I’m training my own clients; many of them are actually people I met during my training assessment at TAFE Queensland who have continued to
train with me.
“It’s been an incredibly busy few months, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”