Meet the Team
Meet the team behind Actively Balanced Kids; the program creators and the fitness instructors.
Amanda has a broad range of experience gained through work within Queensland Health as a Medical Librarian, working specifically within the mental health area for over 15 years, as well as working within the background of, Sprout Child and Family Psychology, for around 8 years. Amanda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Library and Information Science (Charles Sturt University) and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Charles Sturt University), as well as qualifications in Drama and Effective Communication (Trinity College, London).
Through her own experiences in being a parent, and through talking with other parents, Amanda recognised that all parents want to ensure that their child is resilient, confident and able to focus. Amanda began developing the Actively Balanced Kids programs, bringing together both her background in research along with her knowledge of both psychology and drama, to assist children to learn to be Mindful and improve their self-regulation skills.
Ben Tuppack is a child psychologist, and Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) with extensive experience working with children, teenagers and their families across a range of context. Ben works in private practice in Ipswich and Woolloongabba, providing assessment and intervention for children in relation to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, cognitive and academic functioning, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, anxiety and behavioural problems.
A great deal of Ben’s work has been in assisting children and their families build skills in emotional regulation. Working with Amanda’s skills in research and interest in fitness, and bringing his own skills in intervention, they have developed the Actively Balanced Kids programs as a non-clinical, early-intervention program to aide children to develop important skills that assist them at school, and with peers, in their everyday lives.
Skye has been a Personal Trainer for over 3 years and also has a background in Primary Education. She chose to forge a career in personal training as she has personally experienced the positive effects of exercise on her physical and mental health. Skye believes that movement and mindfulness is empowering and essential for individuals of all ages.
Working with ABK allows Skye to combine her passions of fitness and teaching. She believes that the younger generation can benefit greatly from a program that encompasses exercise, education and mental awareness. Skye enjoys working with her clients to achieve their personal goals in a nurturing environment. Skye’s hobbies include fitness, cooking healthy food, spending time with friends and family and practicing mindfulness each day.
Hi everyone, my name is Rebecca, I’m 19 years old and I’m from the UK. I have come to Australia in order to train and compete at the highest level in triple jump. During my stay so far, I have broken my personal best results which has moved me into the UK top 20. I have achieved my Higher Sports Leadership Qualification after completing many hours volunteering with children, therefore I know the importance and benefits this program is going to have on all children. I am really excited to be a part of Actively Balanced Kids, and I’m looking forward to see your child’s growth and development.