Game-changers Jacinta McDonell, Justin McDonell, Richard Piel are inducted for bringing Anytime Fitness 24/7 business model to Australia.
The Fitness Industry Roll of Honour gives national recognition to people who are described as 'game-changers' - those who have made an enduring contribution to make the fitness industry what it is today.
Jacinta McDonell, Justin McDonell and Richard Piel launched Anytime Fitness in Australia in 2008, bringing the successful franchise from the US and introducing the 24/7 unsupervised fitness centre business model to the country.
CEO of Fitness Australia Bill Moore says "Both this gym concept and business model were unique to the industry, providing a viable business model for independent franchisees and affordable fitness options for hundreds of thousands of members nationwide. Anytime Fitness has now grown to be the biggest health club chain in Australia.”
"These three inductees in particular are people who've displayed vision and entrepreneurial flair and have successfully used these attributes to create and introduce new concepts and services into the Australian fitness industry, thereby changing the very nature of the fitness industry."
"Fitness Australia takes much pride in acknowledging and celebrating the major milestones in fitness industry history, especially the contribution of long term growth and prosperity as an important part of Australia's culture."
Jacinta, Justin and Richard now join the likes of Michelle Bridges, Lorna Jane Clarkson, Susan Kingsmill, Tony de Leede, Dianna Williams and several others who are considered fitness industry royalty on the Fitness Industry Roll of Honour.
Pictured: Jacinta McDonell