MEET OUR TEAM

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!

Kiarna Nikora

Assistant Club Manager

Kiarna, a Jindabyne local comes to us with an extensive background in business and finance having worked for a corporate law firm and not for profit organisations over the years.

Kiarna’s love of participating in Les Mills group fitness classes sparked her initial interest in a career within the fitness industry.

Along with being an integral part of our management team, Kiarna is also currently undertaking various studies within the fitness industry to further her skills and knowledge.

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!

Adam Dickson

Fitness Instructor & PT

Adam is a top ranked Austalian Winter Athlete and a member of our High Country Fitness Team.

When Adam is not training & competing all over the world in the sport of Snowboard Cross, he is part of our hard working, passionate and dedicated team.

His own passions and talents lie in athlete and young adult programming.

Petra Tesarova

Fitness Instructor & PT

Petra, originally from the Czech Republic, is a qualified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor who comes to High Country Fitness with great knowledge in these areas.

Having completed her qualifications in 2007, Petra has worked with a range of demographics.

Her love of outdoor fitness, functional fitness & sport specific training shines through.

You will also see Petra on the gym floor and at reception.

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.

Lisa Kostecki

Fitness Instructor & PT

Lisa brings plenty of enthusiasm to our team. Having completed her Personal Training qualifications through us with AIPT, Lisa is passionate about health and fitness with a love of helping people from all backgrounds.

You will see Lisa on the gym floor, personal training and at reception giving you an overall excellent customer service experience.

Michelle Scott

Group Fitness Instructor & PT

Michelle has always enjoyed a very active lifestyle having competed in half iron man triathlons, marathons & many other running events.She holds a Bachelor of Nursing & Midwifery degree so can help assist our members with their pregnancy fitness & health goals.

Michelle is a fully qualified Personal Trainer and one of our amazing group fitness instructors.

Chloe Hurford

Gym Floor & Reception

Chloe has a huge passion for Health & Fitness and through her own training has decided that this is the industry for her!

Chloe is currently studying her personal training qualifications with AIPT, through our very own High Country Fitness campus.

You’ll find her smiling face on our gym floor, assisting with our Boot camps & welcoming you at our reception.

Chris Ronan

Group Fitness Instructor – RPM

In early 2021 Chris relocated to Cooma from South Australia for a permanent job in the education sector.

Chris had participated in RPM classes over the years which led to him to becoming an instructor himself.

Chris is energetic, motivated and completely passionate about RPM.

When you participate in one of Chris’s RPM classes you truly feel alive!

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.

Pablo Urena Vega

Gym Floor & Qualified Running Coach

Pablo is our local running coach / extraordinaire, originally from Costa Rica, now calling Jindabyne home permanently.

He is currently studying his personal training qualifications with AIPT, through our very own High Country Fitness campus.

Pablo’s love for outdoors and exercise have drawn him to the fitness industry.

You’ll find Pablo sharing his running tips at our bootcamps and welcoming you at reception.