Meet our panel of Champions

Goal Setting like a Champion – Our Panel of Sporting Stars will talk about how setting and achieving goals is not only important in the sporting arena, but in life and business.

Carla Tooma from 102.9 Hot Tomato and MYGC will interview our champions in a Q&A style panel.

Sam Riley –  Golden Girl of Swimming

While Samantha Riley’s success has already etched her name in Australian swimming history, her enthusiasm, commitment and strong desire to win means she will continue to succeed.

Officially retired in 2001, Sam will be forever known as one of Australia’s greatest ever female swimmers. Gracious and charming, Samantha is also one of Australia’s most popular personalities.

Some of Sam’s greatest achievements include three Olympic medals, two world championship gold medals, five Commonwealth Games medals (four gold) and nine Pan Pacific Games medals. She’s also set three World records and two Commonwealth records.

Sam is now busy with Sam Riley Swim Schools in Brisbane, she is also the ambassador of the Royal Life Saving Association’s “Keep Watch” program, that encourages water safety for children up to the age of five.

Sam has an understandable interest in water safety as she now has 3 boys under 7yrs of her own to take care of.


Michelle Mitchell – HockeyRoo and all-time sporting great

Michelle Mitchell (nee Andrews) is regarded as one of Australian hockey’s all-time greats after an illustrious career that culminated in winning a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games. She also won gold at the World Cup and was in four Champion Trophy title sides.

In 1997 she was awarded a Medal of Order of Australia honour.

Mitchell played 148 times for Australia, after retiring as a player, she spent six years coaching Teddington in London, the oldest hockey club in the world and worked for as a consultant for Hockey NSW.

In 2015 she relocated to the Gold Coast after being appointed player development manager with the Gold Coast Suns AFL franchise.

Danielle Appi  – Health & Fitness Icon

She runs a successful Personal Training, bootcamp, group fitness and nutrition coaching business on the Gold Coast, is an ambassador for Oxygen Australia as well as a former Cover girl for the National magazine. She regularly contributes to the editorial content for the publication while also juggling wife and mother duties to two teenage girls.

In the past Danielle has successfully set goals to conquer events such as competing in a figure competition at 44 years of age, a number of half marathons, the 100km Sydney Trailwalkers, triathlons, mud and obstacle races, and many more.

She is most passionate about helping women embrace their age, their unique qualities, their bodies, their ‘best’ selves and finding their own true North. Helping other women to understand their own worth and value by gaining knowledge and learning self-acceptance at any stage but particularly as they reach the ‘North of 45’age group.


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