Skip to main content
News archive
Published Sunday 13 December 2020
Tags:Leisure, Media Release

Local aqua instructor the best in the land, and in the water

Her class participants can already vouch for her, but Mitchell Leisure Services fitness and health supervisor Kathryn McDonald can now officially lay claim to being the best Aqua Instructor in all of Australia.

Kat, as she is widely known, was crowned the Victorian AUSTSWIM WETS Instructor of the Year at a virtual event last month, before also being announced as the national champion later in the evening.

The award, one of eight categories presented each year at a state and national level, identifies and honours instructors who use the WETS (Weighted, Energetic, Turbulent, Suspended) techniques in their aqua classes.

Aqua classes are one of Mitchell Shire Leisure Services most popular, with Kat’s classes regularly booked out. The water-based fitness class appeals to all ages and fitness levels and uses the resistance of water to increase cardiovascular fitness and train the entire body.

Kat, who has been with Council for almost three years, was working as a medical research scientist before she decided to retrain and become an instructor within Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre, where she’d been a long-term member.

For more details on the awards visit Aust Swim or for more information visit our Leisure Services page.

Quotes from Mayor Rhonda Sanderson

“To be recognised as the best from across not only Victoria, but Australia and New Zealand, really is an incredible achievement and we congratulate Kat on this tremendous feat,” she said.

“We’re extremely lucky to have Kat as part of the team, because she embodies the values of Mitchell Shire Council and has helped many people in our community lead healthy, connected and active lifestyles.”

Quotes from AUSTSWIM WETS Instructor of the Year winner Kathryn McDonald

“I honestly couldn’t believe it when it was announced, it was such an honour to be recognised for something that I love doing and something that I get so much enjoyment out of,” she said.

“I already feel the rewards of just having the greatest job in the world, but then to be recognised by Mitchell Shire with the nomination, for me that was thrilling enough. But to be recognised on a state and then a national level when I am relatively new to the industry, it was just a real honour.

“The members, they get so much benefit out of aqua. They walk in a little bit stiff and sore and they get out of the water and they’re moving a lot better.

“I was a research scientist in medical research before becoming an instructor, and that was all about heart health, kidney diseases, neurological diseases, and the immune system. It seems like a big (career) jump but it’s all helping people mentally and physically so it’s a similar field in that aspect, and I that knowledge has really benefited me here in my role at Mitchell.”.

This page was last updated on 24 December 2020.