Meet Our Team
We tailor every mountain bike, ocean paddling, trail running and corporate or private retreat to build your skills and confidence. With a great team to choose from, we welcome you to meet your instructors.
I am a 32 years old Australian Frenchy with a passion for endurance sports. I have played tennis during my childhood at national level, I switched sports to get strong in rock climbing and enjoyed discovering amazing cliffs all over France.
The love for mountains made me start trail running, which has taken some slightly obsessive features over the years.
I have performed in many road and mountain races throughout Europe, from 10km distance up to 100km ultra’s. My passion for sports and eye for detail made me start coaching fellow sport enthusiasts.
I have always been passionate about training and love to help people reach their goals, I use my skills and experience to offer personalized training programs that suit you and your goals. I work with a range of runners, from the fun runner to the high performer runner.
MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDING
I love to ride my bike. Any bike. I've been riding for about 20 years. I started riding to do triathlons, however when an injury left me unable to run for a year I discovered mountain biking and found my true wheeled passion.
I raced everything from XC and marathons to 8 hour races and multi-day stage races including the Crocodile Trophy and Tour De Timor. I love the freedom of mountain biking, the mental and physical and technical challenges that riding single trails present.
Mountain biking can make you feel invincible one minute, and totally vulnerable and the next.
Over the past few years my focus has changed from racing to helping others discover the amazing world of mountain biking. My goal is to inspire the realisation that, with the right skills and tools, mountain biking can be safe.
Mountain biking can be a sport for all ages. I've taught kids as young as 2 and adults as old as 84. Once you have the fundamentals dialed, mountain biking is safe, it's fun and it can challenge you as little or as much as you choose.
A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING
I am a Consultant Podiatrist by trade with a background in Running Analysis and Bike Fit Assessments but have always been a keen adventurer. It was my love of the outdoors and and Magnetic Island that led me to Destination Adventure
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing people achieve, sharing my knowledge of human movement, my love of fitness and my passion for Magnetic Island! I have the best job!
In conjunction with my Sports Podiatry, I am also a Level 0 MTB Skills Coach, have a Cert III in fitness, hold accreditation for Kids Outdoor Group Fitness and Bootcamp and have completed the Crossfit Mobility Course.
When not coordinating Destination Adventure - you will usually find me out running or mountain biking the magnificent trails on Magnetic Island or out in the Coral Sea trying to improve my paddling technique (whilst keeping an eye out for the friendly dolphins, dugongs and sea turtles!)
Mountain biking started for me when I realised my life was missing something the OUTDOORS. I decided I needed more adventurous people in my life. That happened with a BANG when I won entry into the 2010 Crocodile Trophy. (Only a 1200k 9 day mtb stage race)
So that's how it started and yes the race was amazing but it's true when I say it was the journey that made it. I met some incredible people, accomplished things I never thought possible, laughed lots and cried a little too.
So from there I raced in East Timor, Alice Springs, mountain biked in Japan and New Zealand as well as lots of local races and events.
As my daughter has gotten older I have wanted to include her also so I stepped back from racing and have been involved with Lauretta in organising women's mtb retreats, skills clinics and social rides. I have found helping women and kids achieve there goals just as rewarding as standing on the podium.
When I was a beginner I had many people come out from the woodwork to help me and offer me advice I love that I can now do the same. Any thing is possible!! It is a privilege working and being a part of Destination Adventure with Daina.
In its essence, Free Diving is breath-hold Diving. However these skills can be applied to any activity where you go underwater holding your breath, like snorkeling. It is an amazing and natural way to explore the underwater world and connect with mind, body and environment… even better, your body is designed to do this!
I fell in love with Freediving on the first day of my first ever Freedive course. It was the the freedom and serenity of being underwater with no equipment that got me.
Freediving has given me a way to really connect with the ocean. I am now a certified Freedive Instructor my current maximum depth is 46m (which I hope is just the beginning) and I want to share my passion for the water by teaching others how to be safe freedivers.
Tim's (aka Timbo) background is Triathlons and Marathon running but he was soon drawn to adventures on the dirt!
Timbo has Level 0 Skills coach, Trainee Level 1 MTBA
and has been involved in mountain biking for 5 years. Timbo has volunteered for the Townsville Rockwheelers Club for the past 3 years with Junior Development and held many skills clinics and rides.
Timbo loves XC and endurance events!!
Karey is a Personal Trainer (Cert III and IV) and Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach with Athletics Australia and also holds further qualifications in Community Welfare, Training and Assessment and Business. Karey has also spent eight years working as Manager and Master Fit Technician with The Athlete's Foot Townsville, developing a reputation as a "go-to" local knowledge expert on running footwear technology and its application. Karey’s love of running started at a young age and continued through to adulthood where she completed her first marathon in 2008. Since then Karey has completed seven marathons and in 2015 finished her first 100km Ultra Marathon at the Surf Coast Century in Anglesea, Victoria. In 2017, Karey is aiming to tackle the 100km event at Ultra Trail Australia in the Blue Mountains, NSW and the Blackall 100km in the Glass House Mountains. Karey is the founder of Runbirds NQ -Townsville's first women-only running group aimed at encouraging and supporting local women to start running and stay running.
I love group fitness training, it's my passion and it's such a fun, energy filled way to workout. We provide a new workout every session and our feedback shows the variety is what keeps people coming back for more and as a bonus they are getting fitter and stronger at the same time!
I have a Bachelor Degree in Recreation, Cert III (Group Fitness) and Cert IV (Personal Training) qualifications. I am also a Level 1 Crossfit and Mobility coach, I have completed the Australian Strength and Conditioning course and MTT Bootcamp Instructor Level 1 & 2 course. My interests include Crossfit, strength training, all outdoor pursuits and helping others improve their well being and achieve their fitness goals.
My yoga journey began with a focus on the physical, soon after I began noticing positive changes in my mental and emotional states; a more energized, stronger body and a clearer, quieter mind as a direct effect of the practice. I was hooked, wanted to go deeper and share this gift with others.
I started dabbling on and off in my late teen’s, it wasn’t until 10 years later that I got serious about yoga and made it a part of my every day (some days look like a quiet 10 minutes of introspective contemplation if that’s all I can fit in).
In 2012, I finally took the next step and plunged into a teachers training with Radiantly Alive Yoga and Daniel Aaron in Bali. The training was a unique month long life changing intensive, a lot of bad habits dropped after that training and I haven’t looked back since.
I am so fortunate to have mentored on the same training that I was a student of, and have over the years studied with a number of highly skilled senior teachers from unique backgrounds including Simon Borg Olivier, Kino McGregor, Philip Urso, a Yin Yoga training with Sarah Powers and a three year Yoga Therapy degree through Yoga Therapy Australia with Indian Dr N Chandrasekaran at the helm, a direct student of Desikachar in the Krisnamacharya lineage, of which I am half way through. I am also studying a yoga anatomy course online with Leslie Kaminoff who shared the same teacher as Dr NC .
Yoga Therapy has changed the way I practice yoga – I am kinder to myself and more forgiving. It has humbled me to acknowledge that no two bodies are the same, and each body presents different physical, emotional and mental needs and requires a specific practice depending on age, background and capability.
This individualistic approach to yoga makes so much more sense to me. As a teacher, I am sensitive to this and meet my students where they are at in their own life’s journey by challenging them to surrender their bodies and minds, to become more aware in each moment, each movement, each emotion, each breath I assists in providing techniques and experiences that they can take with them off the mat into every aspect of their lives. I believe that by trusting in your own capabilities and the body’s intelligence, through yoga, anything is possible.
The endless potentials that are magically and slowly revealed through a dedicated breath centred yoga practice and the endless possibilities that it offers continue to inspire me, grow me as a human and open up great channels for healing on emotional, physical and energetic levels. I was not born naturally flexible, so yoga has taught me a lot of acceptance and patience in understanding that life is transient and every day will present something different, so rather than fight it, approach it with an open heart and open mind and see what happens.
I am also interested in and practice mindfulness and have sat on a 10 day silent Vipassana meditation retreat – but that’s another story!
I grew up between Europe and the Middle East, with a childhood trajectory that took me from Italy to Syria to Switzerland. I’ve always had a passion for movement and nature, and became convinced from an early age that I wanted to be a marine biologist.
Circumstances smiled and I arrived in Townsville, Australia in 1995. I still work as a marine biologist, in the capacity of a freelance consultant, but along the way a second path opened up for me when I was offered Iyengar’s book “Light on Yoga” and took my first baby steps on a yoga mat.
I have been practicing yoga since 1996 and teaching since 2000. I discovered yoga after the birth of my first son in 1996. I practiced Hatha and Iyengar Yoga until 1998, when I went to my first Ashtanga Yoga workshop. It was ‘love at first sweat’, and since then I has been committed to daily practice.
I am a direct student of Ashtanga Yoga guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and more recently his grandson Sharath Jois, and have travelled regularly to Mysore, India, since 2001. I have their official authorization as a Level II Ashtanga teacher.
I feel that the strong physical practice of Ashtanga Yoga has the potential to open the heart and calm the mind, enhancing self-awareness and overall wellbeing.
Even though it is a dynamic practice, it can be made accessible to many levels of physical ability, so that as many people as possible may benefit from this practice.
To learn how to adapt the practice to students’ needs, I have extended my studies to include Iyengar, Yoga-Synergy, Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga, and hold certification from the IYTA and Matthew Sweeney (Moon Sequence).
Yoga pervades all aspects of my life, from parenting my three teenage boys to working as a marine biologist and making time for music and art.
ENVIRONMENTALIST AND ISLAND HISTORIAN
Charlie McColl has been on Magnetic Island for nearly 40 years. He’s passionate about the natural environment and more than curious about the numerous historical events that have shaped the development of the Island community.
Charlie grew up on a family farm in NSW, polished his credentials with an Arts Degree (geography) from JCU and spent some years working in geophysical survey, mining exploration and coral reef research before finding a place in Magnetic Island’s diverse economy and community.
He loves to tell a story dredged up from years of fossicking in the annals of Island history or turning over logs and stones in the tropical bush.
Paul is one of Maggie's marine scientists and a self proclaimed fish nerd. He has worked in several of Australia's public aquariums hand feeding sharks without the loss of any limbs.
Paul currently works with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and spends most of his time trying to make the catchment more functional for marine park critters that like to go there for a holiday, daycare or to hook up with other like minded fishes.
He has looked great white sharks and big hammerheads in the eye and still has his head. One of his ambitions is to snorkel with piranhas, we're not sure why he wants to that. A resident of the island for ten years he knows the islands underwater life incredibly well.