FIT Award Winners 2020

This year’s FIT awards went to three very deserving women who kept us safe, motivated and active throughout a very trying year.

Volunteer of the year went to Jean Chesson who leads the Safe Return to Training Advisory Group, keeping us COVID-safe as we returned to training (and social events).

Coach of the year was too tough to call, and the committee decided to award this jointly to Jill Wisbey and Di Evans for the social and fitness connections they fostered throughout the COVID shutdown.


Jean Chesson, Jill Wisbey

Di Evans

2020 FIT AGM

The Females In Training 2020 Annual General Meeting is being held as follows:

Date:            Saturday 21 November 2020

Time:            9.00am  (following the FIT Saturday run)

Venue:         EQ Cafe, 70 Kent Street, Deakin


View the Agenda here.

View the Minutes of the 2019 AGM here.

View the 2020 Financial Statement here.

All positions on the Committee are open for nomination, and close COB  Wednesday 18 November. The nomination form is available here, and an outline of committee roles can be viewed here.

Please note:

In person attendance limited to 30 members. Register here
Online attendance via teleconference unlimited.

Online attendance via teleconference unlimited. You can log in via Zoom using the below meeting ID.

Topic: FIT Annual General Meeting 2020

Time: Nov 21, 2020 09:00 AM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 871 1688 0146

Passcode: 836967

FIT Award Nominations 2020

The FIT Committee would like to invite members to submit nominations for the 2020 FIT awards.

The annual FIT awards are a wonderful way to celebrate the contributions and achievements of our members throughout the year. Winners will be announced at the FIT Christmas party (details of this event to come).

Nominations are sought in the following three categories:

  • Coach of the year
  • Volunteer of the year
  • Personal achievement of the year.

Last year’s winners were Donna Whitfield (coach), Heidi Livermore (volunteer) and Jing Huang (achievement); with a special thanks award going to Samantha Shields.

Nominations can be made via this link.

Nominations close 4 December. 

FIT Award Winners 2019

Congratulations to the winners and nominees of the 2019 FIT Awards.

L-R: Samantha Shields, Donna Whitfield, Heidi Livermore, Jing Huang

Coach of the Year: Donna Whitfield

Donna was nominated by members of her Rookie Running group this year. As a newly-qualified Run Leader, this was Donna’s first time as lead coach for the program, having been a fixture in the Rookie Running Program for many years. In the words of the nominators:

  • Donna has run the rookie training program so well. Seven weeks ago we could hardly run 60 seconds and today we ran 30 minutes injury free and with smiles on our faces! She has taught us some great techniques and has been patient and friendly the whole time. A great introduction to FIT and I’m looking forward to staying with FIT thanks to Donna. She’s a great coach!
  • Donna was reliable, encouraging and was great at communicating before and during the runs. She shared many tips and ultimately got us all running better and faster than we expected! Thanks Donna.

Volunteer of the Year: Heidi Livermore

Heidi has the only role in FIT that has to be done each and every week for the benefit of all members.  Each week she sends the FITFlash, updates the website and Facebook. Not only does she makes sure these communications channels are available to members, she has an extraordinary way with words so the messages are fun and get the message across with the right amount of humour and seriousness

With FIT launching four spring / summer programs, there was lots of extra work required to update the website and Facebook and to make sure all the links work.  This is on top of the fantastic job Heidi does each and every week as the FIT Communications Officer.

Heidi always steps up to the challenge to ensure FIT members have up to date information.

Personal Achievement: Jing Huang

Jing (together with a number of other FIT members) did the Around the Bay 300 kms ride this year. This would be difficult enough on two legs and Jing does it with one!  Jing (and other FIT members) also took their bicycles to travel in Vietnam for two weeks. Even though it was often incredibly hot and hilly, Jing never complained and always sparkled. She’s an amazing cyclist, fantastically skilled at descending and an inspiration to us all.

Special Thanks: Samantha Shields

Samantha Shields was recognised for co-ordinating WTTP this year. Sam did a fantastic job in organising promotion for the event and in organising all of the volunteer coaches who helped out. She did all of this in her ‘spare’ time, as well as completing the 2019 Triathlon Young Women Leadership Program (and working, and being a mum, and triathon training). Sam was of course ably supported by a team of volunteers to help with coaching, communications, venues & nibbles, sourcing gear, and everything else that goes along with the WTTP each year.

Great work, Sam! Thanks for taking up such a challenge and congratulations on a fantastic job.