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Monty Dortkamp Scholarship

The Australian Institute of Fitness provides the opportunity for an individual who wishes to pursue a career within the health and fitness industry to receive the Monty Dortkamp Scholarship.

This scholarship was established to assist people from disadvantaged backgrounds who are having trouble gaining a fitness qualification and/or people who want to bring the healthy benefits of fitness to disadvantaged groups or communities.

In memory of Monty Dortkamp, the Institute recognises the need to spread the good word of fitness far and wide to keep people fit, happy, mobile and alive. Sedentary Death Syndrome affects all types of people from all walks of life.

The Monty Dortkamp Scholarship Program awards six scholarships annually and entitles the successful applicants to a fully paid Master Trainer certification, which includes the Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30313) and Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40210).

Scholarships are open to any individual who wishes to submit an application. The panel will make their final decision based on who they determine will be the best ambassador and who will be able to make a real difference in the health and fitness industry.

The Monty Dortkamp Scholarship program is awarded annually and is announced on 30th of April each year. Applications close on 1st March, annually.

About Monty Dortkamp

Monty was a leader, an innovator, an educator and a practitioner who helped to establish and then evolve the fitness industry in Australia. His professional passion was to see the formation of one single, strong fitness industry association in Australia representing fitness businesses, fitness professionals, training organisations and fitness suppliers.

Monty’s association with the fitness industry started in 1984 when he was involved in the establishment of the Australian Fitness Advisory Council which he for several years during the 90s. In 1998 he became the national president of the newly-formed Fitness Australia and in 1999 he became its CEO, a position he held until 2001. Monty was also instrumental in the development of the national fitness leader registration and re-registration scheme and the Fitness Industry Training Package that now underpins not only the qualification framework for fitness professionals, but also the National Exercise Professional Registration Scheme.

In addition, he served on many other fitness industry boards and committees while establishing his own training and education business, the Canberra campus of Australian Institute of Fitness. He also played a leading role in the development of the national Australian Institute of Fitness.

Despite his many roles, Monty still managed to find time to work as a fitness trainer five days a week. He was truly a fitness industry legend and is greatly missed.

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