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Find your love for movement

At THRIVE Fitness, we believe that feeling good starts with the body. Physical fitness, daily movement, these build a strong foundation for you to realise your potential. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to fitness or an experienced athlete, we help you reach your goals to look and feel your best. 

It’s about more than just losing weight or getting that bikini body. Every THRIVE trainer is passionate about empowering you physically and mentally. We’ll work with you to achieve your goals, share guidance on nutrition and wellness, and help you be the healthiest, happiest, strongest version of yourself.

Thrive Fitness Mildura

Meet the Team

The THRIVE family is a dedicated group of trainers passionate about helping clients be their happiest, healthiest selves. Each trainer is trained and certified in various areas of expertise from cycle to meditation. No matter your needs or preferences, you’ll find a trainer to guide you on your wellness journey.

Katie Tankard PT and Owner at Thrive Mildura

Katie Tankard

Katie is the creator of Thrive Fitness and Wellbeing. She began the business during her own journey towards inner alchemy in 2012. Katie is a qualified school teacher (B.A Education) and a Certified Master of Training. A forever learner Katie continues to expand her knowledge by completing many courses in all things health, fitness and wellbeing.

Her nurturing and gentle nature is evident and felt by all members of the Thrive community, coaches and members included. She is committed to sourcing and building the best team to deliver each training session, whether that be functional training, pilates, spin, meditation or our personal training sessions. Katie extends her holistic wellbeing approach with the introduction of two new infrared saunas that are open for members to use as they please. 

Tiegan Burns PT Mildura

Tiegan Burns

Tiegan joined the Thrive Fitness team after having two beautiful babies of her own. Committed to rebuilding her strength and fitness post pregnancy you’ll find Tiegan is a power house and wealth of knowledge surrounding pre and post-partum training.

You will catch Tiegan in the gym instructing HIIT, Boxing, SweatX, Strength, and our child friendly classes!

Tiegan is a breath of fresh air who will empower and inspire you to feel your very best, physically and mentally while also pushing you to your absolute limits. Known for her ability to make you sweat, you’ll find yourself returning to Tiegan’s sessions over and over again.

Georgie Connellan PT Mildura

Georgie Connellan

Georgie completed her Cert IV in Fitness in early 2020, before immediately jumping on board at Thrive Fitness. Having trained with Katie for years prior to completing her qualification, Georgie shares the same passion and love for holistic wellbeing and fitness.

Georgie is incredibly passionate about making sure Thrive members feel physically and mentally at their best and uses her bubbly personality to keep vibes high throughout each and every class.

Georgie may be one of our newest trainers here at Thrive, but don’t let that fool you! She is bound to provide you with an epic sweat and will push you to your absolute max!

You can join any number of classes instructed by Georgie, including HIIT, Sweat X, strength, or pick up a one-to-one session if you’re looking for something more personalised.

Bonnie Seymour Pilates Instructor Mildura

Bonnie Seymour

A born dancer, Bonnie has been passionate about dance, movement and exercise since she could walk.

With over 20 years of dance experience it’s a no brainer that she would combine her love for dance and exercise, and become a Qualified Barre and Reformer Pilates Instructor. 

With an enthusiastic and a dynamic approach to her teaching, Bonnie’s positive energy and beaming smile is absolutely infectious and will have you feeling warm and welcome from the moment you walk through the door. 

As a Gin Distiller with a Bachelor of Education, you wouldn’t be wrong in thinking that there is nothing our Bonnie can’t do! One things for sure, she will get your core burning, “It’s all about those post work out feels” she says. Why not come and see for yourself!

Eyrlie Wass

Eyrlie is a qualified trainer in Mat, Reformer, Equipment and Pregnancy Pilates. A born pilates instructor, Eyrlie continues to to expand her knowledge with Polestar Studio and Rehabilitation certificate training.

You will find Eyrlie’s kind and gentle spirit a calming energy to absorb during each session. She just loves to make Thrivers feel good, by supporting us to move our spine in all directions.

You’ll find yourself walking a little taller and feeling a whole heap happier after a session with Eyrlie in the Pilates studio, whether it’s a Reformer Fit, Reformer Stretch, or a Meditation and Mat Connect Class.

Katelyn Matthews (KT) Reformer Pilates Mildura

Katelyn Matthews (KT)

KT studied Barre Body’s world class Reformer Pilates course in Byron Bay (ahhhh, is there anywhere better) in 2019 before joining our Thrive team where she shares her love and passion for flexibility and stretch with every member that steps foot into class.

A primary school teacher by day, Pilates powerhouse by early morning and night, you’ll find KT is a bundle of energy and vibrance that will have your motivation levels soaring from the moment you step foot into her class!
If high vibe Pilates classes are your thing and you love to feel your muscles burn than KT is your gal! Don’t believe me? Come see for yourself!

Courtney Millward

Courtney studied her Certificate IV in matwork and Reformer Pilates through Breathe Education before joining the Thrive team in 2021. She first fell in love with pilates through a clinical Pilates setting, working closely with her instructor to retrain her body.
Courtney loves how even the smallest movements can help do the most amazing things to your body and she’ll inspire you to work hard and feel the burn, whilst ensuring you’re not in pain.
You’ll find her fun and energetic teaching style infectious. In fact, we guarantee she’ll have you coming back for more. 

Hannah Donaldson

With 8 years of experience, Hannah is qualified in a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and also holds a Diploma of Polestar Pilates Instruction Method Rehabilitation.

Hannah is passionate about living a good quality life and guides members and the community towards this through healthy movement and education that support individuals to make healthy choices for their lifestyles. 

Over her years of working alongside experienced Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and pain researchers, she has gained extensive knowledge in areas of sports physiotherapy, clinical pilates, exercise rehabilitation, disability and pain science.

We are incredibly lucky to have Hannah instructing group Pilates classes at Thrive, and running team trainings for all of our staff to enhance their knowledge and expertise.

Join one of Hannah’s incredible classes today to experience her passion and experience first hand.

Meagan Linklater

Meagan was first introduced to pilates after having her second child back in 2016 and quickly fell in love with it. So much so, in September 2017 she became qualified in teaching Mat Pilates, Reformer Pilates, Pregnancy and Postnatal Pilates. 

After her own experience with lower back pain and a bulged disc, Meagan was able to use Pilates to strengthen and rectify her injuries. You’ll find she loves sharing her knowledge of the technical aspects of Pilates and will educate you on the importance of pelvic floor and lower abdominal activation. 

Meagan loves to keep spirits high with classes that are fun and entwined with a good laugh, whilst ensuring the correct technique and form is used during each movement to enhance your results and experience. 

As Meagan would say, ‘Pilates is for everyone! The exercises you can do are endless and combining Pilates with Thrives weight training classes ensure you can work your whole body with strength, posture, balance and mobility’. 

Join one of Meagan’s classes and fall in love with her energy and vibe! We know we sure did.

Vanessa Power

A basketballer through and through, you might have seen Vanessa starring on the courts before joining the team here at Thrive. As the long term Captain of our local Mildura Lady Heat, Vanessa knows better than most what it takes to commit too, and achieve personal fitness goals. 

Now, Vanessa shares her learnings and passion for fitness with our Thrive community, applying her Cert IV training and years of athletic experience to develop sessions that will result in gains, gains, gains.

When she’s not motivating you to work hard in one of her sessions, you’ll find her challenging herself in the gym and encouraging members to keep working towards their goals.

As a lifelong lover of fitness, Vanessa will tell you she “instantly found a home here at Thrive”. From the members to each of the instructors, Thrive is a welcoming place where you can instantly feel accepted and inspired to become your best self, no matter your background or ability. 

Join our community and come and see for yourself.

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