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Date: Saturday 9 October 2021

Get Moving
Physical Activity for Women Veterans

This year for Veterans’ Health Week, Women Veterans United are hosting a workshop to empower and inspire you to get moving and include physical activity in your life.

This workshop is specifically for women veterans in alignment with the theme for this year – physical activity.

The details are:

Time: 8:30 am arrival for a 9 am start – 12 pm (lunch from 12 – 1:30 pm)
Venue: Ehden Restaurant, 400 Montague Road West End (Brisbane), QLD 4101
Dress:  Comfortable clothing you can do movement in (this is a mindset workshop with some basic practical tips)
Catering: All catering is provided
RSVP by 1 October 2021 

Register below…

Your Presenters

Layne Beachley AO – Keynote Speaker

Layne is regarded as the most successful female surfer in history. Her dedication to success sees her as the only surfer, male or female, to claim six consecutive world titles between 1998 and 2003. Layne went on to win a 7th world title in 2006 before retiring from the World Tour in 2008. Navigating her way through success and failure, Layne is a Champion for Mental wellness, believing our fears and limitations are a hot spot for growth and opportunity. She has endured her fair share of challenges, failures and trauma, and attributes these to the character she is today; resilient, compassionate, honest and fun. Layne is an ambassador for various charities, a passionate environmental campaigner, Chairperson of Surfing Australia and an Officer of the Order of Australia. She recently launched her Awake Academy; an online self-empowerment platform offering authentic transformation, to awaken people to detach from fear, take control and design a life they love. 40 years of life lessons from a World Champion, distilled into a self-paced 7 round on-line course, empowering people to find their edge and fulfil their potential. She surfs every day, loves Rosé, and her biggest weakness are hot chips.

Sarah Watson – Managing mental health with physical activity

Sarah is an ex-Intelligence Officer serving with the Army and is passionate about health and fitness. Since her discharge, Sarah has used cycling and more recently Yoga to manage her PTSD symptoms. Sarah completed her Yoga Teacher training with the intent to bring Yoga to other veterans. In 2017, Sarah took up racing in Ironman Triathlon events. Sarah competed at the 2017 Invictus Games winning 5 Gold and 2 Silver medals in Swimming, Cycling and Athletics events. In 2018 Sarah qualified for, and competed in, the Ironman World Championship race in Kona Hawaii.   She brings to you a wealth of knowledge and lived experience regarding the importance of physical activity as a woman veteran.  Through Sarah’s story you will be inspired to get moving and partake in some form of physical activity to improve your mental health and overall wellbeing.


Heston Russell – Adopt a Special Forces Attitude to Life

Heston is a retired Special Forces Major who is here to help better Australia, united with purpose and boundless potential.  Heston is passionate about breaking down the stigma around mental health while being an advocate for change in the veteran community.  Heston is the Founder of Voice of a Veteran and Veteran Support Force which are organisations advocating for change in the veteran space.  In terms of physical activity, Heston has trained at an elite level while the combination of his understanding of mental health and physical activity for quality of life is valuable in the wellbeing mission. Through Heston’s inspirational approach to overcoming adversity and his positive outlook on life and what physical activity can do for you, this will enable you to understand yourself better.  Heston will take you on a journey of self-discovery through his story of achievement and success.  Heston is a passionate veteran who aims to assist you to break through barriers to exercising and live your best life.

Tim Douge – Exercise Physiology & Physical Activity

Tim is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, gym owner and DVA accredited helping veterans with their health and fitness.   He has 12 years experience as an Exercise Physiologist and pursues a passion for coaching AFL Women’s League for the Mt Gravatt Vultures.  He has worked with elite athletes, aged care facilities, GP clinics, supportive housing communities and owns the Brisbane based gym Studio 99 Fitness Centre.  Tim will explore with you ways to get started in a safe way and the importance Exercise Physiology plays in recovery and taking things to the next level.  He is passionate about changing the way people think about physical activity and believes that person centred care is critical while lifestyle change is integral to wellbeing.  He understands women’s fitness from his extensive experience and will inspire you to want to seek assistance where necessary.

Kim Leonard – Physical Activity & Lifestyle

Kim Leonard is a qualified Personal Trainer, Nutritionist and advocate for mental health, women’s health and empowerment while being a mother and business woman who has achieved in the area of health and fitness.  Kim will cover aspects of lifestyle and physical activity to help balance your life and take action toward your health and wellbeing.  Kim will provide you with the skills and tools to equip you to get started or take things to the next level through her practical and very realistic approach to physical activity.  As a woman who has been involved in martial arts and women’s health for 8 years, Kim will provide you with the mental skills and a basic system to get you moving and help you take things to the next level.  Your health and fitness are important to Kim and her passion for women’s health shines through in her warm yet firm approach.

Siobhan Delgado – Your Mental Health & Wellbeing

Siobhan is an accredited mental health social worker within Open Arms, SQLD. She initially specialised in addictions and continued to diversify to include mental health, forensic mental health, DV, families and children. Siobhan has studied a broad range of counselling theories and practices, identifying trauma as a key factor in unhealthy choices. She completed her degree in Social Work in 2013 and became an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker in 2017. She completed a masters in forensic mental health in 2020. Siobhan’s focus is on empowerment and improving our sense of self and wellbeing within a holistic framework. Siobhan is passionate about the wellbeing of current and ex serving members of defence, their families, their children and the community. She will focus on the services provided via Open Arms and social connectedness and how that relates to physical and mental health. She is always happy to be questioned on areas of concern to you.

Anna Maria Lang – Founder, Chair & MC

Anna Maria is passionate about body image and from her lived experience and expertise knows the importance of physical activity in relation to mental and physical health.  She is the founder of Battle Babes Fitness, an online magazine for all women who face body image concerns who are seeking mental fitness. She has lost over 20 kg’s in the past years and wants to help you to lose the weight off your mind first and body to live with quality of life.  She was airborne in the Army and has been very fit in the past and understands the impact of service on your body, mind and lifestyle at times. She has been a Personal Trainer, is a Body Image Specialist and Mind Body Eating Coach and wants to inspire you to be on the journey to be able to live with the quality of life you deserve. As the MC of this event, she will inspire you to want to get involved and choose to embrace your body now.

Register Here:

Please specify in your message that you are registering for the Veterans’ Health Week event.
Please include any dietary requirements and if you are staying for lunch.

Additional information:

Partners and male veterans are welcome, however this workshop is tailored toward women.

Should COVID restrictions be put in place, the entire workshop will be held via Zoom.

Tea, coffee, healthy snacks and lunch are provided.  Lunch is optional after the workshop, however please advise us if you are staying for lunch and of any dietary requirements.

Parking is available at the venue and across the road at Montague Markets.

The 60 Glider bus stops at Aldi approximately 300 metres away from the venue.

Email: if you have any questions.

This event is in alignment with COVID safe guidelines.