Our Team

Mike Searson

GrowFit Founder/CEO

  • Diploma of Fitness – Fitness Institute Australia

With over a decade of Personal Training under his belt, Mike has set himself a new challenge; to redirect the way Australians think about health & fitness through the creation of his business GrowFit aimed at children 1-5 years.

In 2008 he began developing the foundations for the GrowFit program along side of his personal training, trialing at a preschool centre in Castle Hill. He found the best method was to completely structure each session around game based learning, with each individual activity lasting no longer then 5 minutes to keep the children attentive and achieve the best possible results. Now the GrowFit program is run in over 100 different centres across Sydney every week and around 4000 children every term.

“The evidence is clear: Active children are simply more likely to mature into physically active adults. The benefits of sport and physical activity for children are limitless, including a reduced risk of obesity, increased cardiovascular fitness, improved coordination and balance, better sleep and improved social skills. But I think the thing that motivates me the most is the fact that we have the opportunity to be the best part every child’s day!”

Mike Searson – GrowFit Founder/CEO

Alix Burgess
Early Childhood Advisor and Curriculum Coordinator
  • Diploma of Children Services
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
Alix has been working within the early childhood industry for the past 12 years. In this time she has had the opportunity to work with children of all ages across Sydney and internationally. Alix was attracted to the GrowFit program as it recognised the fundamental importance of developing healthy lifestyle habits and knowledge in children at this very crucial age.

“GrowFit allows me to draw on my experience and knowledge in an exciting new way to help create engaging and educationally linked learning experiences that intentionally instil holistic lifestyle practises.”

Annette Harrison

Support Manager

I met Mike at the gym back in 2011 when GrowFit was still in its early stages. Since then I have watched GrowFit grow to become the fantastic thriving business that it is today.This is largely due to Mike’s absolute passion for educating our children to have the healthiest and happiest future possible!

As a mum and with past experience as a Kindermusik educator I share Mike’s passion for teaching our children and was very keen to get on board and help support him in his goal when he asked me to take over the administrative role.

 

Rowena Tababan

Family Membership Support Manager

I started with GrowFit back in 2019 with a few hours each week. Now I work everyday to support the numbers of happy healthy families participating in a GrowFit program.

If you have any questions in regards to your weekly payments or you need to hold off due to a holiday or changing days. Please feel free to get in touch I’m here to help. 

rowena@growfit.com.au

phone 8935 6417

And remember Being Fit is Fun!

 

DaFit Club Manager
Certificate 3 & 4 Fitness Institute Australia

I have been interested in health and fitness my whole life, playing and excelling at many sports. I have picked up many skills from playing different sports and I love to teach the kids these skills to help them get a kick start on their own health and fitness journey.

I started working with GrowFit in 2012 helping Mike with his first few preschools. I also work as a personal trainer, it is great fun and rewarding working on goals with clients but nothing will beat the excited smiles on the faces of the children when I arrive to the preschool before we start our Growfit session.

Equipment Manager

Hi I’m Tim, 

I make sure everything is where it is meant to be. 

Sustainability is a top priority to us!

One way we have learnt to minimise wastage is by maximising our equipment use. This is why we have split our teams into four groups.

Meet our team of early childhood health & fitness specialists:

 

 

The Kookaburras

GrowFit Trainer

I joined the GrowFit team in 2018,

I’ve got two sons, who are a bit older now and I love knowing I’m making a difference.

– Australian Institute of Fitness

Master Trainer Course

– Cert 3 & 4 Fitness Education

– GrowFit Certified

GrowFit Trainer

I started GrowFit in 2008, working with an early learning centre & about 15 children.

I’m now a father of 2 & over 90000 children have participate in one of our program.

To say I was passionate might be an understatement.

– Fitness Institute Australia – Diploma of Fitness

– Diploma of Music performance

 

 

GrowFit Trainer

My name is Abbey and I have a passion for dance, singing, acting and fitness. I have always had a love for being active and learning new skills. I have been teaching dance and fitness programs since before I graduated school. I love seeing children’s progression throughout the weeks and learning new skills to improve their own happiness and overall well-being

GrowFit Trainer

I’m currently studying a bachelor of health science majoring in exercise.I worked with children from a very young age as growing up with large family I value teaching and also learning from children of all different age groups and share the passion of exercise through various activities p.s I really love anatomy too .

 

GrowFit Trainer

Hi I’m Ana,
I’ve been working as a PE teacher in primary schools in Madrid, Spain for 14 years. I’m passionate about a healthy and active lifestyle and I’m enthusiastic about teaching your kids new skills they can carry with them for life. Through games and songs they’re going to have a lot of fun while they learn. I’m also really looking forward to bringing a bunch of new games we grew up with in Spain that I know your kids are going to love.

GrowFit Trainer

 

 

The Koalas

GrowFit Trainer

I started with GrowFit in 2021,

I live and breathe fitness and firmly believe that as adults we need to be role models to the next generation.

  • Bachelor of Dramatic Arts
  • Cert 3 & 4 Fitness Education Fit College

GrowFit Certified!

GrowFit Trainer

Greetings! I’m Lara, a dedicated Yoga teacher in training, specializing in bringing the joy of yoga to kids. 🌈 With a passion for creating positive foundations, I believe in nurturing not just bodies but also young minds, as they hold the keys to a brighter future. 🧘‍♀️ Honored to be part of the GrowFit family, I join a team of brilliant trainers dedicated to empowering the next generation to grow up happy, healthy, and compassionate. Let’s inspire a world of well-being, one child at a time! 🌟

GrowFit Trainer

I started growfit in 2022.

I believe that we have the greatest opportunity to build, empower and strengthen the hearts and minds of our next generation.

Studying a bachelor of exercise and sport science

GrowFit Trainer

I started with GrowFit in 2022, I feel like I have found my calling, I am a very passionate a person and I am excited to be making a difference.

  • Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts.Ed5 International Performing Arts,
  • North Strathfield
  • GrowFit Certified

 

 

The Wombats

Elijah
GrowFit Trainer

Cert III and IV in Fitness

Cert II in Sports Coaching

I enjoy playing all kinds of sports, my main sport is soccer and have been playing for 7 years now. I’ve worked with kids before and love seeing their enthusiasm to learn new things.

When I was younger I loved being outside and running around, trying all different sports. I’m happy that I have this chance to allow kids to have the same experience with sport that I have grown up with.

GrowFit Trainer
GrowFit Trainer

I am a mother of 2 young energetic boys. I love being around kids, I have been doing so for over 10 years. Fitness and health are my number one priority when it comes to looking after my family at home. Ever since I’ve been working with Growfit, it has made me so happy seeing the big smiles on the kids faces. I know then I’ve made a difference in their day. Knowing I’ve done this by having so much fun and by teaching them the importance of living happy healthy lives is even a bonus

GrowFit Trainer

I’m currently a student undergoing a Masters of Radiography, and have completed a Bachelor’s of Exercise and Sport Science! I am super passionate about health and fitness, and investing myself into new sports or activities. I am particularly fond of dancing of all types and have been dancing as a hobby for the past 18 years!

GrowFit Trainer

Hi I’m Jackie,I’ve been working in the Early Childcare Industry for the past 17 years & am Diploma qualified. I have worked within a variety of childcare settings & with a diverse range of family dynamics, backgrounds/cultures & also have experience with additional needs.

My passion is working with children to assist them in learning, gaining & extending their knowledge, skills & abilities.

I have 3 children who enjoy keeping me on my toes & teaching me different perspectives of achieving things.

 

 

The Brumbies

GrowFit Trainer

Diploma of Children Service’s

I am a mother of 2 young energetic boys. I love being around kids, I have been doing so for over 10 years. Fitness and health are my number one priority when it comes to looking after my family at home. Ever since I’ve been working with Growfit, it has made me so happy seeing the big smiles on the kids faces. I know then I’ve made a difference in their day. Knowing I’ve done this by having so much fun and by teaching them the importance of living happy healthy lives is even a bonus

GrowFit Trainer

– Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood and Primary

I was an Allstar cheerleader for 8 years, am a frequent gym enthusiast, and am currently competing for my university in Hip Hop. I’ve had a passion for teaching and educating children for as long as I can remember and just love staying active and having fun.

GrowFit Trainer

I have two little ones myself, but I’ve always had a passion for teaching children. It’s so important to teach the children of Australia a healthy lifestyle and show them that getting active is fun and enjoyable without realising they are staying fit and healthy! I know that we all can enjoy time as families and be fit and have fun at the same time!

Cert 3 & 4 Fitness Education

GrowFit Certified

GrowFit Trainer

I love working with children, I’ve been for over 25 years in many different children’s services.

I’ve always had a passion for fitness and wellbeing in children’s services, because I believe we need to imbed health and wellness in children’s lifestyles from a young age so they grow to be fit and happy adults.

GrowFit Trainer

My name is Lauren, I’m a mother to 3 young children aged 11, 9 & 7. I have a passion for Dance & have been teaching dance & Physie to children aged 2-25 for over 20 years. For the past 3 years I have established and run a dance class for children with additional needs. I am thankful for this opportunity & look forward to meeting many more little stars.

GrowFit Trainer

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