Described as “One of Australia’s leading health and fitness experts”*, Sally Symonds is a best-selling health and fitness writer and speaker.
She is among the few worldwide to have lost over 50kg, over 50% of her original body weight.
To put this weight loss in perspective, only one of Australia’s “Biggest Losers” has a higher weight loss percentage. Similarly, 96% of people who lose weight regain it all again – and more – within two years.
However, Sally didn’t just lose weight. She lost it fast, and she lost more. Initially losing 45 kg in 33 weeks in 2002-2003, Sally kept that weight off and lost another 8.5 kg a few years later.
Over twenty years later, Sally has maintained a healthy weight range, never regaining the weight she initially lost.
She has also been busy. A regular fitness expert on “Mornings with Kerri-Anne”, Sally also had regular newspaper, online and magazine columns. She has contributed several feature articles to Australian Women’s Weekly, was featured on the Discovery Channel and was a spokesperson for the AMAQ’s “Lighten Your Load” campaign to combat weight issues in rural and regional Queensland.
Sunrise, Today, The Morning Show, ABC News, SBS' The Feed, Courier Mail, Sydney Morning Herald, Adelaide Advertiser, Toowoomba Chronicle, Body and Soul, Queensland Country Life, Good Health, Nature and Health, Good Life Magazine, CEO Magazine, Executive PA Magazine, Weight Watchers, Marie Claire, Westside News, 612 ABC Brisbane, ABC Tropical North, 4BC, 2SER and Health Matters with Dr John D'Arcy have all sought and shared Sally's expert fitness advice.
One of the inaugural speakers at the Brisbane Health and Fitness Expo, Sally has also delivered motivational speeches for organisations such as Coca-Cola and the Commonwealth Bank.
Sally is a qualified personal trainer, Rehab trainer, wellness coach and NLP practitioner.
Never one to shy away from pushing herself to the limit, Sally also has a Masters of English Literature and a Licentiate in Speech and Drama Australia, for which she was a Barbara Sisley Award winner (the third time she was awarded such an honour).
In 2002, Sally won the inaugural Rhoda Felgate Memorial Scholarship to study accents and dialects at NIDA. She is also a previous Australia Day Citizen of the Year award winner for her services to the community.
Sally is currently the director of Public Relations That Actually Works.
* Good Health Magazine