Club Solutions Magazine is a US-based business resource for the health and fitness industry.
provides best practice, business resources that educate and empower health club professionals, and in its November edition the cover story is an awesome eight-page feature on Australian facility, Aquafit, which is spearheaded by Kristen Green. Following is an excerpt from the article, written by Rachel Zabonick
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Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, was once quoted as saying,
“…no company, small or large, can win over the long run without energised employees who believe in the mission and understand how to achieve it.”
More and more, the most successful companies in the world are realising the importance of forging a strong company culture to overall success. This includes Aquafit, a state-of-the-art, full-service health, fitness and wellness facility located in South West Sydney.
Since opening in 2004, the club has been named “Fitness Centre of the Year” five times by Fitness Australia, in addition to being a four-time “Gold Recipient” for the Australian Health and Fitness Industry Quality Awards.
According to Kristen Green, the executive general manager of Aquafit, the club’s success can be credited to its emphasis on culture.
“Culture is king,” said Green. “I believe that culture is a critical driver of business success. With a positive and inclusive workplace culture, anything is possible, and a great culture starts with leadership and a clearly communicated vision and mission.”
Aquafit’s culture is characterised by a friendly atmosphere welcoming to all. According to Green, people of all ages, shapes and sizes feel comfortable in the knowledge they can come to Aquafit, work toward their personal goals and not feel intimidated or out of place. This has been the goal of Aquafit from the get-go. A division of Campbelltown Catholic Club, Aquafit came to be as a part of the group’s revenue diversification strategy. At the time, a members’ survey indicated strong support for a leisure and aquatics facility to be built on site.