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 recovering 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.
Certified Personal Trainer
Oscar is an excellent personal trainer with over 18 years of experience. Oscar is a cancer survivor himself, which gives him a special interest in his clients with chronic illnesses. He provides a wide range of knowledge from his own experiences training for soccer, martial arts, and bodybuilding competitions.
Oscar is originally from Chile, and moved to Australia when he was nine years old. When Oscar is not in the gym, he has loves cars and his PlayStation games!
Certified Master Trainer
Sam has been in the sport and fitness industry for over 15 years. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Science and Economics and is a Certified Master Trainer. His experience in the industry has taken him all over the world, having worked in the fitness industry in the UK, UAE (Abu Dhabi and Dubai), and in Thailand. He has worked with professional teams and professional athletes as a Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Rugby Coach.
In addition to his vast experience in the industry, he has played representative and professional rugby in Australia and in the UK. He has a passion for fitness, health and wellbeing, healthy eating, and a positive mindset. In his free time, Sam loves the beach, travelling overseas, and supporting the West Coast Eagles.
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Marketing and Administration Officer
Leanne is originally from Portland, Oregon, USA and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Oregon State University. She was passionate about sport from an early age, and through her own experiences with injuries, she became interested in studying sport injuries. After graduation, she took a role at Nike World Headquarters in Portland working in the Wellness Centre providing injury rehabilitation to Nike employees and athletes.
In 2018, she came upon an opportunity to complete her Master’s Degree by Research in Sport Science at Edith Cowan University, which led her to move to Perth. She ran a research project studying anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in women athletes and completed her Master’s thesis in June 2020. During her time at ECU she taught sport science courses to undergraduate students in human physiology, exercise physiology, and applied sport science.
Leanne has extensive experience coaching one on one strength and conditioning sessions and group fitness classes which a specialty in HIIT and kettlebells. She is passionate about providing sport opportunities and strength training opportunities to girls and women athletes, so she continues to coach girls basketball players in the Perth area. She joined Como Fitness in 2020 and brings energy and knowledge to the gym through her hybrid role in coaching and marketing. Outside of the gym, she stays active by playing lacrosse and running.
Nicola is a highly motivated office administrator with experience in the Financial Services, Mining & Education sectors. She has worked in various positions from corporate finance level to general reception positions.
Nicola is enjoying her transition to the health industry as she enjoys interacting with members and assisting with their health needs. Nicola feels her strengths lie in her ability to prioritise client’s needs and deal with people with kindness and empathy.
She is a local and lives with her family Kensington. She is an active member of the South Perth community having twice been nominated for City of South Perth Volunteer of the Year. Her three children attend local schools and she is a previous board member and P&C President of Como Secondary College.