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 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. 


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 am Maria and I hold a University degree in sports science and physical education. I have lived and worked in Europe (Greece and Spain) and in Australia for several years and I am experienced in the field of physical education and gymnastics for children and adults with and without special needs. I am a person who celebrates a multicultural environment and loves being around kids of all ages!

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

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.

– Bachelor of exercise and sport science

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

GrowFit Trainer

I started growfit in 2022.

I have Bachelor Sports Science and a certificate 4 in fitness. I am a passionate about exercise health and fitness and believe it is our responsibility to introduce a passion and love for sports into our children’s lives as soon as possible. It is a pleasure to be a part of such an important stage of development in so many lives.

GrowFit Trainer

Over twenty-five years experience as an Early Childhood teacher. I have a proven track record of being a very capable and loyal teacher and also have experience in a Directing role for a 45 place centre. I am dedicated to providing children with a happy and positive environment, where they become confident and independent individuals and develop a love of learning and discovery. We I saw GrowFit I knew it was the perfect role for me.



The Wombats

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 have worked in the childcare industry for four years. I specifically taught preschoolers getting them ready for primary school. It’s important to help shape the future Australian generations because we want to build a healthy and fit generation. I love teaching children and I love sport, so being a GrowFit trainer combines my two passions.

GrowFit Trainer

I have completed my Bachelor of Health Science at Western Sydney University and a Bachelor of Health Movement.

I am passionate about educating the next generation of children to love being healthy and having the skills they need to move and grow into healthy adults.

GrowFit Trainer

I have been playing netball at a representative level for 5 years. I perform all styles of dance and have been since I was 3 years old. For the last three years I fell in love with teaching dance classes to young children as well as coaching children’s netball teams. I have found a passion for helping and educating others in a fun way as well as staying active.

GrowFit Trainer

I am currently studying primary teaching and psychology at Western Sydney University and currently hold a diploma in early childhood. Growing up in a very big Arab household I always had a strong passion and love working with kids. I have always wanted to help make a difference and growfit has given me the opportunity to help do what I love.



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

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