FILEX today is proud to announce that 2021 Australian of the Year, Grace Tame, will headline the FILEX Trainer Summit at the Hilton Sydney in August.

Today FILEX is proud to announce that 2021 Australian of the Year, Grace Tame, will headline the FILEX Trainer Summit this August. Marking an incredible moment in FILEX’s history, Tame will open the face-to-face event with her inspiring keynote presentation followed by a Q&A with host Chantal Brodrick.

An activist and outspoken advocate for survivors of sexual assault, Tame continues to courageously use her platform to raise awareness about the impact of sexual violence.

Her selfless advocacy and tireless push for legal reform culminated in her receiving one of Australia’s highest honours, Australian of the Year, in January of this year, joining past winners including Adam Goodes, Geoffrey Rush, Cathy Freeman and Fred Hollows.

FILEX is honoured that Tame, also a yoga teacher and champion marathon runner, will be addressing the fitness industry, and specifically Australian trainers and coaches, to talk about her experiences and hopes for the future. With Australia’s fitness industry coming out of eighteen challenging months, Tame’s message of resilience and determination will be sure to inspire.

FILEX General Manager, Anthony Reed, said:

“Only other survivors of sexual abuse will know what it is like to experience what Grace Tame has been through. But her themes and her message of perseverance, togetherness and hope will mean something to us all.”

Reed continued:

“We are fortunate that Ms. Tame has agreed to speak at FILEX, providing what are certain to be a highly relevant and timely lessons for our industry. This keynote fits in perfectly with our belief that mental and physical health go hand in hand and that our industry plays a vital role in society’s common goals.

Grace Tame is one of the most inspirational speakers we could hope to get, highlighting issues that affect not just the fitness industry but society as a whole, and we have no doubt this momentous occasion will be one of which our delegates will be proud.”

Grace Tame will be joined by a lineup of fitness industry experts and thought leaders to be announced next week, for FILEX’s huge return to face-to-face events, the FILEX Trainer Summit, which will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Sydney, 13-14 August 2021.


About Grace Tame

Recognising the injustice of Tasmania’s gag order that prevented survivors from self-identifying publicly, Grace spent several months campaigning with #LetHerSpeak campaign. In 2019, she finally won the court order to speak out under her own name.

Now, 26 and based in Hobart, Grace is dedicated to eradicating child sexual assault in Australia, and supporting the survivors of child sexual assault. Her focus is around enabling survivors to tell their stories without shame, educating the public around the process and lasting effects of grooming and working with policy and decision-makers to ensure we have a federal system that supports the survivors, not just perpetrators.

She is also a passionate yoga teacher, visual artist, and champion long-distance runner, having won the 2020 Ross Marathon in a female course record time of 2:59:31.

An open book about her experience, but even more passionate about preventing this from happening to other children, Grace speaks from the heart and will have her audience simultaneously inspired and in tears.

She is a regular keynote speaker, media guest and advocacy commentator. Grace is the 2021 Australian of the Year.


For 30 years, the epicentre of the Australian fitness industry has been the FILEX fitness convention. FILEX has evolved into a year-round provider of professional development education events, both face-to-face and virtual, powered by Fitness Australia.