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We are all passionate about your fitness & wellbeing

Manuela Berchtold

Owner, Founder, Fitness Instructor & PT

Manuela is a 2 time Winter Olympian in the sport of Mogul Skiing.
Her strength lies in her ability to relate to people and get them to feel comfortable about themselves and the fitness goals they have.
She will go to great lengths to see everyone’s goals are met.
Her enthusiasm and motivation will leave you wanting more! Manuela was born for this industry!

Pablo Urena Vega

Assistant Manager, Fitness Instructor & PT

Pablo is our local running coach extraordinaire, originally from Costa Rica, now calling Jindabyne his home. He has completed his study with AIPT through High Country Fitness campus and is a fully qualified Personal Trainer. Pablo makes his sessions fun and will get the most out of each and every person with his dynamic and bright style.

Pablo’s love for outdoors and exercise have drawn him to the fitness industry. He’s an exemplary role model for getting into shape and living well.

Along with his role as Assistant Manager, you’ll find Pablo sharing his running tips at our bootcamps, on the gym floor and welcoming you at reception.

Kiarna Pepper

Fitness Instructor & PT

Kiarna, a Jindabyne local, has been an integral part of the High Country Fitness Team since 2022. As a fully qualified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, she brings loads of enthusiasm to each session. Kiarna is passionate about health and fitness with a committed drive to help people from all backgrounds reach their goals.

You will see Kiarna at her energetic best leading Group Fitness classes and on the gym floor with her PT clients. Kiarna is always happy and eager to offer training and fitness advice and ensures that every person feels confident, informed and triumphant.

Emma Frost

Fitness Instructor & PT

Emma has a genuine all round love of health and fitness.
She constantly pushes herself to new heights of physical fitness and in turn inspires others to do so.
Emma is a personal trainer with over 23 years of experience.
Personal and / or Group training with Emma will take your workouts to the next level. She will have you working hard and enjoying it at the same time!

Heather Lindgren

Fitness Instructor & PT

Heather and her family relocated to Jindabyne from Perth in 2021.

She owned and operated her own Health Coaching (habit change) business along with Personal Training and Nutrition.

Heather is incredibly passionate about movement for life.

Heather leads our Active Forever (over 50’s) program and you’ll find her smiling face personal training, instructing a mix of our group fitness classes.

Nev Leel

Fitness Instructor & PT

Nev is one of our enthusiastic Personal Trainers who looks to inspire, motivate and lead everyone on their fitness and health journey. Nev comes with over 23 years of experience as a ski instructor both locally and internationally throughout Canada and the US.

You will see Nev on the gym floor, personal training and at reception.

Lucy Young

Fitness Instructor & PT

Lucy is a vibrant team member who loved her own fitness journey so much, she chose a career in it!

Having completed her Personal Training qualifications in her early 20’s, Lucy is passionate about all things health and fitness with a genuine love for the industry.

Lucy also loves tennis and was a state level tennis player in her younger years.

She is an accomplished all-rounder that you will find on the gym floor, personal training, teaching group fitness classes and welcoming you at our reception.

Byron Thake

Gym Floor and Reception

Byron grew up in Jindabyne, has been training with us for years and completed his year 10 work experience with High Country Fitness. He continues to work with our team on university breaks and when he visits home.

Playing rugby union has helped Byron gain a huge interest in the Health & Fitness industry and he completed his personal training qualifications with AIPT through High Country Fitness. He’ll greet you with his bright smile and
dynamic energy, always digging in with full effort and dedication.

Thomas Liersch

Fitness Instructor, Gym Floor & Reception

Tom completed his Cert III and IV Master Trainer in 2013. He has served with the Australian Army and became a Combat Fitness Leader. Tom went on to supervise the conduct of Physical training on Reconnaissance and Sniper courses as well as military training sessions and fitness tests.

Tom has a sports background in gymnastics and represented his state of South Australia at the national championships later moving into a coaching role.

He’s an advocate for being fit-for-work and a crusader in using your fitness in everyday life. Tom brings his fully charged and contagious energy to High Country Fitness and is ready to help everyone tackle each gym session.

Lily Godding

Gym Floor and Reception

Lily fell in love with the fitness and health industry through her own sporting journey. She’s a talented athlete and was an international equestrian competitor in 2017 and 2019. She plays women’s rugby, netball and touch football. She’s an avid skier and snowboarder and volunteers for Disabled Wintersport Australia.

Lily is a dedicated and outstandingly enthusiastic member of our team. Her high level of commitment, energy and compassionate nature is the perfect mix for her future career as a Fitness Leader and trainer.

At reception and on the gym floor, Lily gives 100% to each and every client making sure your gym sessions are worth the sweat.