Our ethos

Membership of the Active & Healthy Alliance is open to organisations (including government, and not-for-profit agencies), and individuals with professional and/or personal interest in health and wellness initiatives on the Gold Coast.


A collaborative community with a vested interest in active recreation, sport, nutrition and physical activity. The key objectives of the Active & Healthy Alliance are:

  • To provide a diverse range of sport, health, fitness and wellbeing opportunities
  • To communicate cohesive, consistent messages to promote sport, health, fitness and wellbeing
  • To facilitate and foster cross-sector partnerships to support the adoption of active and healthy lifestyles, and position the Active & Healthy Alliance as the Gold Coast’s industry representative body


  • To develop the capacity and support the economic development of the sport, health, fitness and wellbeing industry

To attain these objectives, the Active & Healthy Alliance works to improve the health and wellbeing of Gold Coast residents by increasing participation in regular physical activity and making healthier choices more accessible.

These efforts support the Gold Coast to become one of Australia’s most active and healthy cities; a community of best practice in the sport, health, fitness and wellbeing industry.

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Our Commitee

Rachelle is a qualified exercise professional who has a passion for building connected, active and healthy communities that are accessible and inclusive. She has 10yrs experience working with womens health and older adults, providing our Gold Coast residents with movement classes, mentoring and coaching in health and wellbeing as well as business mentoring for up and coming fitness professionals. Rachelle loves to think outside the box and creates classes that are unique, engaging and socially connected.

Rachelle Ballard-Clayton

President [email protected]

A former World Class BMX bicycle racer, Meghan came to Australia to play professional basketball and ended up staying with a passion and vision to unite the health and fitness industry. She most recently appeared in the blockbuster Elvis and as a ‘Ninja’ on Channel Nine’s Australian Ninja Warrior. Meghan’s passion for fitness and entrepreneurialism led her to found Buzvil, a global health and fitness app and, most recently, WellCorp, an International Corporate Wellness Company that includes managing gyms across the country. She believes strongly in redefining and bridging the gap between physical and mental health and reuniting the fitness industry with the Active + Healthy Alliance.

Meghan Jarvis

Vice-President [email protected]

As a qualified Dietitian, Teacher and Yoga Instructor - Kat quite literally lives and breathes health and wellbeing. Kat loves how the Active + Healthy Alliance brings likeminded and passionate people together to work towards improving social connection and health outcomes for all communities across the Gold Coast.

Kat Cacavas

Committee member [email protected]

Sam is a passionate advocate for ensuring that all Gold Coasters have the opportunity to lead their most active and healthiest lives. Sam is committed to working with the sport, fitness and wellbeing industry to ensure that all members in our community can access affordable and regular physical activity to enhance their physical, social and mental well being.

Sam Hughes

Treasurer [email protected]

Being a Senior Engagement Officer with Sport and Recreation, Qld Government, Chris knows that Queenslanders love their sport. He also knows we have a wonderful environment here on the Gold Coast to get out and get active, no excuses!

Chris Wagland

Secretary [email protected]

Scott has been involved in the South East Queensland sporting landscape for over 10 years and joined Paddle Queensland in November 2019. As Paddle Queensland’s Executive Officer, Scott is focused on ensuring Queenslanders are able to experience an Active & Healthy Lifestyle across the State’s range of waterways.

Scott Sharples

Committee Member [email protected]

At Gold Coast Recreation & Sport Inc, our mission is to enhance the quality of life of people with disability by facilitating opportunities for participation and achievement in recreation & sport. As Project Manager Akaisha is responsible for Managing Projects and Events that support the organisations mission.

Akaisha Porter

Committee Member [email protected]

Alissa is a Physiotherapist with 12 years experience across Private and Public sectors. Her experience ranges from developing Physiotherapy products, building IT applications to use within the health industry, working with elite and recreational athletes and owning and operating a Physiotherapy and Pilates Clinic. Alissa's ongoing passion is to develop new and intuitive ways to make a positive impact in people's lives by creating and fostering their love and longevity in sport and health.

Alissa Williams

Committee Member [email protected]

Ross & Jayne provide coaching, exercise & mindfulness sessions and also host presentations and workshops for businesses and organisations. Ross’ personal struggle with mental illness and Jayne’s holistic and supportive approach to his recovery, have been the foundation of their business Quick Results Training. With over 15 years in the health and wellness industry, their mission is to help people enjoy a vibrant, healthier lifestyle, with reduced stress.

Ross and Jayne Quick

Committee Members [email protected]

As an Olympic Athlete, Coach, A&H placement student and Public Health Graduate, Kirsten is extremely passionate about health and wellness. Kirsten’s goal is to advocate for physical activity participation and mental health promotion practices. She recognises the social determinants of health and strives to create equal opportunity for sport involvement and community participation across the City of Gold Coast.

Kirsten Kinash

Committee Member [email protected]

Paula Nihot

Committee Member

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Our Constitution

The Active & Healthy Alliance is founded upon its Constitution.

Members are encouraged to become familiar with the contents of the Constitution prior to applying for membership to ensure familiarity of the objects, powers and management of the Association.

Please contact us for further information about membership or to download a copy of the Constitution click here.

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