Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Owner and Manager of Como Health & Fitness Centre
Damian is a pioneer in the industry having commenced working in the field of health and fitness when he enrolled in a sport science degree at Edith Cowan University. While studying he worked in various roles for Hockey WA and at Perth Hockey Stadium.
Before completing his studies, Damian found work at Sports Medicine Australia (WA), working in the ‘Safer Sport” Community Education Program .developing and delivering a variety of sport injury prevention courses and seminars.
At the end of 1999 he left and began work on two projects; the ‘Stay On Your Feet’ Program – a community falls prevention program and his own exercise and wellness program for older people.
He had recognised that there were limited opportunities for older people to engage in regular physical activities and strength training.
This lead to him securing a contract with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) where he developed and delivered the Heart Health Program for Vietnam Veterans from 2001 – 2007.
Throughout these years Damian played and coached hockey and after recovring from a back injury sustained playing hockey he began to compete in Triathlons, a sport he loved and enjoyed for 12 years eventually completing 6 x Half Ironman events.
In 2007 Damian purchased Como Health and Fitness Centre (CHFC), it has been here that he continued to focus his attention on providing health, fitness and exercise programs for older people, people with chronic health conditions and people who wanted somewhere to exercise without feeling intimated by the ‘muscle-heads’ or the ‘lycra-set’.
During his time at CHFC, Damian has developed a strong relationship with local medical and allied health practitioners and has been involved with numerous community based health and exercise programs. These include;
- The pilot of the Life Now program. An exercise program for people living with cancer which was funded by the Cancer Council of WA.
- Heart Beat, Healthy Lifestyle Program and Active Measure. All of these programs were funded through the Bentley Armadale Medicare Local. Damian and his team developed and delivered these programs throughout the south eastern corridor of the Perth Metro area.
Often called “Como Gym” or Como Fitness”, under Damian’s guidance and leadership Como Fitness has expanded and grown and is now a modern 24/7gym with a great atmosphere and soul. It is the focus of the local Como community and the larger City of South Perth.
Como Fitness Centre was one of the original providers of the Living Longer, Living Stronger program – a strength and exercise program for seniors – and has received several awards for the program’s success over the years.
Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Growing up in Durban, South Africa, Jess completed her under graduate degree in Sport Science and Post Graduate studies in Exercise Rehabilitation at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2011.
As a top performing student Jess was then offered an Internship at The Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) in Cape Town in 2012. SSISA is located adjacent to Newlands Cricket and Rugby Stadiums and is one of South Africa’s leading providers of Sport Science, Sports high performance and Exercise rehabilitation.
Following the completion of her internship at the end of 2012, Jess was offered a fulltime position with SSISA in the area of exercise rehabilitation. Jess undertook a variety of roles including; delivering 1-1 training to a wide variety of clientele with a variety of complex health conditions, and delivering various group exercise classes (Spin, Kettlebell, HIIT, Group Circuits, and Pilates)
In January 2016, Jess and her (now) husband decided that a better life and employment opportunities were available to them in Australia. To enable her a to move to Australia she enrolled to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation at the University of Western Australia.
In the first week of arriving in Perth Jess she enquired about vacant positions at Como Fitness Centre. She was in the right place at the right time!
Jess joined our team in February 2016 in a part time role during her year of full time studies and upon completing her studies at UWA she was awarded the Tracy Cawson Prize for top performing student in her class. In 2017, Jess moved into a full time role as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist at Como Fitness Centre.
Jess brings passion, patience and enthusiasm to the 1-1 training, she understands people and works with a broad range of clientele as well as delivers the KeepFit Seniors group exercise classes. She enjoys playing hockey, and in particular enjoys beating her husband at golf! She hasn’t decided whether she’s an Eagles or Dockers supporter yet!
Exercise Scientist & Personal Trainer
Emily hales from Morawa, a small town in the wheat belt. After completing Year 12 at Morawa District high School she moved to Perth in 2015 and undertook a Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness at the Australian Institute of Fitness.
After obtaining her qualifications as a Personal Trainer she returned home and started running Bootcamps at the local sports ground. With very few other fitness options available in Morawa Emily’s Bootcamp became very popular. After 8 months back home Emily once again returned to Perth to take up studies at Curtin University in Exercise Science
In March 2016, shortly after university started, Emily applied for a part time position at Como Fitness Centre and has been here ever since.
In 2017 Emily was rewarded on all her hard work when she achieved Top Performing student at Curtin University in Exercise Science & Rehabilitation.
Growing up Emily loved playing sport with netball and hockey being her favourite, but now she loves getting in the Crossfit gym and lifting heavy weights!
Emily has completed her undergraduate degree and has been inspired by those she works with to continue on to study a Masters in Exercise Rehabilitation and to become an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. She brings a gentle, thoughtful approach to all of her 1-1 training and is able to push you to achieve more when you take on her HIIT classes.
Exercise Scientist and Personal Trainer