Meet our personal trainers and Health Club staff

We have a diverse range of personal trainers available at BALC for one-on-one or small group training sessions. Read more about our personal trainers below.

To enquire about availability and session pricing, you can contact us online or speak to a member of our Customer Service team in Centre.

Our Health Club is staffed during opening hours, with a member of the team available to answer any questions you might have during your workout.

Rae Bennett
Rae has been working at BALC for over 10 years and is well known around the Centre and Health Club. With a Certificate III & IV in Fitness (Personal Training), 2019 will mark her 30th year in the Fitness Industry! Her specialised areas of interest include older adults, pre and post-natal exercise, core strength and balance. Rae’s own fitness interests including running, strength training and attending Group Fitness classes (which she says is great for motivation and being surrounded by others striving for their own goals).

‘‘One step at a time… You choose the destination!’’

For more details about Personal Training sessions with Rae, please get in contact with us.

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Billy Gianacopoulos
Billy has been at BALC for 4 years after completing a Certificate III & IV in Fitness.

Billy’s areas of expertise include human movement, strength and conditioning, mobility and pilates. His personal fitness interests include all types of physical training from cycle classes to gymnastics and strength training. Billy grew up playing soccer, then moved across to boxing and is now enjoying mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Outside of his work in the Health Club, Billy enjoys fishing and camping.

“The body will become what you do or don’t do.”

To find out more about Personal Training sessions with Billy, please get in contact with us.

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Sam Todd
Sam has a Certificate III in Fitness and a Certificate IV in Personal Training among a range of other fitness qualifications. Sam’s areas of expertise include boxing, circuit training, women’s fitness, pre and post-natal training, older adults and mental wellbeing through exercise.

Sam has been a qualified PT since 2013 and was running her own PT business in Darwin before moving to Ballarat in 2015. She has 2 young children and loves to spend her spare time running, hanging out with family and going to the football.

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

If you’d like to find out more about Personal Training sessions with Sam, please contact us.

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Lee Bennett
Lee decided to make a career change into the fitness industry in 2011 after originally being a tradesman. After completing a Certificate III & IV in Fitness, he began working at BALC in early 2012. Lee’s areas of interest include strength training, nutrition, postural analysis and arthritis. Lee is passionate about helping others achieve their goals, whatever they may be. You may also recognise Lee’s face as a member of our Customer Service Team. Outside of work, Lee enjoys training, the great outdoors and going on adventures with his young family.

“Clear your mind of CAN’T. You can, full stop, end of story.”

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Nicole Smith
Nicole is our Health and Wellness Team Leader here at BALC, having worked in the Centre for 8 years in a variety of different roles including group training and personal training. With a Certificate IV in Fitness and Personal Training, Nicole is passionate about helping our members and patrons – she believes health, wellbeing and fitness should be a priority in our community as it lays the foundation for everything else.

Nicole’s specialized areas of interest include movement patterns, strength and conditioning, pilates, rehabilitation, older adults and nutrition. Nicole has always enjoyed an active lifestyle, having a background in dance and martial arts before progressing into powerlifting competitively. Away from the Health Club, Nicole enjoys strength training, yoga and pilates, taking her beautiful Staffy for walks and the odd Fit45 class.

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated” – Maya Angelou

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Emma Donald

Emma has been working in the fitness industry for the past eight years. After having her two beautiful little girls she decided she wanted to take on a role that helped make a positive difference in the lives of others, through inspiring them on their health and fitness journey. Emma is a passionate and committed coach that loves nothing more than seeing her clients and members reach their personal fitness goals, no matter what their goals are. She strongly believes that the body always achieves what the mind believes!

Not only is Emma a qualified personal trainer and group fitness instructor with her Certificate III and IV in Fitness, she is also a qualified Level 2 Recreational Running Coach with Athletics Australia. With a passion for long distance trail running she has completed more half marathons than she cares to count and is currently in training for her first full marathon. Her specialities include women’s and children’s fitness as well as aged populations.

In Emma’s spare time you will find her spending quality time with her beautiful family, she loves camping and being in the bush and you might even spot her running one of the many local trails around our lovely Ballarat.

“The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday!” – Matty Mullins

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Samuel Padarcic

Samuel is an Accredited Exercise Sport Scientist who completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Deakin University, and is currently completing his Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology at Federation University.

Samuel’s areas of interest includes strength training, circuit training, group fitness and HIIT. He enjoys being able to work with a diverse range of clientele; with varying age, gender and skill level.

Outside of the BALC, Samuel works with the SES completing health assessments as part of the Healthwatch Team and has also coached junior’s soccer for the past two years with the Aldi Miniroos competition. From a young age Samuel has had a passion for sport and currently enjoys watching soccer, basketball and MMA. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends and caring for his many pets.

You may also recognise Samuel from the front desk as part of our Customer Service Team.

”Doubt is only removed by action. If you’re not working, then that’s when doubt comes in.” – Connor McGregor

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Megan Lamb

Megan has been working at Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre since 2012 in several different roles. Her current role as the Group Fitness Team Leader includes instructing Group Fitness classes and running BALC’s Fitcamps in the warmer months.

Megan holds a Certificate III in Fitness and a Certificate IV in Personal Training along with many other industry qualifications including Mat Pilates, Yoga, Les Mills (CXWORKS, RPM, BODYPUMP), Cycle and Boxing – just to name a few.

Megan’s areas of interest include strength training, circuit training, Pilates, Yoga, mobility, and functional movement.

Outside of BALC, Megan thoroughly enjoys travelling the world and has been to over 35 countries (and counting). She loves to get outdoors and hike with her friends and family as often as she can. Megan embraces a balanced and wholesome lifestyle and believes good nutrition, daily movement, and a positive mindset all play a role in leading a healthy life.

“Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside” – Unknown

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