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 70 different centres across Sydney every week and around 2000 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 Dawson
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.


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. 

Our Trainers

GrowFit Trainer

Hi I’m Luke,

I am an enthusiastic and motivated Personal Trainer. GrowIng up with many nieces and nephews, I’ve been told I’m a natural at engaging and communicating with children. Working with kids has been so rewarding, it’s not only fun for the GrowFit trainers running the sessions, but you feel great knowing that you are instilling healthy habits st such an early area. 

GrowFit Trainer

Certificate IV Fitness – FIA Fitnation

Certificate III Fitness – FIA Fitnation

Karina has been involved in children’s entertainment for 4 years.  Thanks to Grow Fit she has the opportunity to combine this experience with her passion for health and fitness to help children take an interest in creating their own healthy lifestyle from an early age.
Dancing and singing have always been a big part of Karina’s life and she holds a Diploma in Music Performance.
GrowFit Trainer

Mum of two quirky and quite spectacular boys who are now entering tween and teen years (surviving and mainly thriving in all phases along the way). 

In addition to raising a family, Chantelle is a personal trainer and yoga instructor who is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Health Science – Nutrition.

Chantelle has a passion for laying the foundations of good health and wellbeing in the lives of children and their families so their futures can be as bright as possible together.

Chantelle has a particular interest in inclusion for disadvantaged and/or differently abled or neuro-divergent children and has over a decade of experience in supporting families affected by autism. She has completed numerous courses in sensory dysfunction, classroom inclusion, gross motor function and autism specific workshops. She meets every child where they are at so they have a greater chance of feeling the joy of accomplishment in their own right.

She says, “Some of the biggest achievements in a child’s life are the little things we may not have expected them to do along the way. Those are the moments I celebrate the loudest.” 

Cert III & IV Fitness

200RYT Yoga Instructor

GrowFit Trainer


My name is Petroula,
I am passionate about fitness and particular have a strong interest in seeing children grow and thrive through fitness education. I live and breathe fitness and firmly believe that as adults we need to be role models to the next generation. Kids fitness is so significant to a childs overall wellbeing, however, we need to make it fun and exciting for them.

GrowFit Traine

Dan finished his Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in Sydney. In the past, he worked in Canada for three years as a ski instructor and was closely involved with the kids program. He found that creating a fun learning approach in sport is essential in enhancing children’s  involvement and enjoyment for physical activity. Having also worked within schools in Sydney, Dan has gained a great amount of experience in improving children’s health and wellbeing through exercise.

He appreciates the children’s eagerness and enthusiasm to learn and feels that implementing activities to improve their health and wellbeing both now and in the future is very important during these early stages.

GrowFit Trainer
I’ve always had a great interest in fitness through my love of sport and decided in the later stage of high school that I’d love to turn it into a career.

I completed my HSC and then went on to complete my Certificate 3&4 in fitness and started my career as a personal trainer. I was once asked to cover a kid’s class for a couple of weeks while a co-worker was away, and although I never had a big interest in working with kids, I took the classes, and by the time I had finished the covers my perspective had changed completely!!

I then found myself taking on more and more school and kid based groups with plenty of enjoyment as I watch the smiles on the younger faces as they progress with many skills and abilities.

I look forward to seeing the same results with all the children in Growfit!

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
Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Hey, my name is Gareth and I’m completing my masters in clinical exercise physiology. It is my goal to make exercise enjoyable for the young, old, healthy and those with physical impairments. I hope to educate anyone and everyone about the importance exercise has on our mental, physical and psychosocial well being.

Though I love my health and fitness, I am thrilled to learn about any new scientific advances and discoveries. I have been learning the guitar for just over a year now and have delved into performing at open mic nights at local pubs. I believe it’s important to jump out of our comfort zones and discover the wonderful things we can achieve.

GrowFit Trainer
I have been working as a personal trainer for the past 3 years and love it!
I enjoy seeing people reach their goals and lead healthier lives.
I think Growfit is a great idea and it is so much fun teaching the kids how to be active and make healthier choices.
GrowFit Trainer

Cert 4 in Personal Training – Australian Institue of Personal Training

Annaleise has always loved to engage in a number of activites from sports and personal training to dancing and acrobatics. Her passions include health , fitness and educating people from children to adults about the importance of staying active. Annaleise has worked within the childcare sector for 3 years with children aged between 0-5 years. Combining her love for physical activity and working with children, Annaleise has obtained her certificate 4 in Personal training , certificate 3 in Childcare and a Diploma of Performing Arts.

GrowFit Trainer
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Cert III and Cert IV in fitness


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