In the early 2000s, at the ripe age of 20 something, Leah began participating in all types of sport and fitness and it wasn’t before long that she decided to trade in her full-time corporate attire to pursue a future in health and fitness. Leah’s corporate role involved organising high profile business and industry events in the areas of health, education and legal affairs; but the excitement, passion and focus that came from pursuing health and well-being was paramount to none, and so the journey begins… Leah having begun her own fitness journey in 2007, has over 10 years experience working with physically fit and active populations through exercise training programs. Also a keen participant in all sports and fitness Leah’s interests and favourite past times are adventure races, obstacle races, trail running, strength and conditioning, powerlifting and very much anything that presents a challenge.
In 2018, Leah was a contestant on Channel 7’s Australian Spartan and a member of the all-female team, The Viking Sisters, who together take on the Spartan Race inspired obstacle course. A highlight of her own participation in sport was being selected to be the female star of ESPN’s hit TV show Search4Hurt which aired throughout 2013-2014 with popular episodes The North Face 100km and True Grit 24 Hour Obstacle Enduro. With an aspiration and desire to explore and seek new adventures, Leah has also competed in the North Face 100km (2013, 2012), various triathlons having been selected for Age Group World Championship (2013), the Spartan Race World Championships (2014, 2013), multi-day long adventure races (2014, 2013) as well as powerlifting competitions (2012) and CrossFit regionals team (2012, 2011).
Currently completing a Master of Physiotherapy (2018-19) and gaining experience as a Physiotherapist Aide, Leah has completed a Bachelor Medical Science (2017) in Human Anatomy/Histology and Cell Pathology and holds a Diploma of Workplace Health and Safety and Certificate IV in Fitness. In a previous life, Leah obtained a double Bachelor’s Commerce/Arts (2007) in Marketing and Japanese; Advanced Diploma of Project Management and Certificate III in Financial Services. Leah loves learning about health and fitness; her fitness qualifications include Spartan SGX Coach (2016), Certificate of Optimal Sports Nutrition (2015), Triathlon Australia Level 1 Coach (2013), Bootcamp and Outdoor Fitness Coach (2013), CrossFit Level One (2017, 2012) and CrossFit Kettlebell Instructor/Trainer (2012), Australian Kettlebell Instructor: Level 1 and 2 (2009), Australian Strength and Conditioning Coach – Level One Coach (2009), Certificate IV in Fitness – Personal Trainer (2008) and Certificate III in Fitness – Group Exercise Instructor/ Aqua Instructor.
Leah lived and studied in Mexico (Tec de Monterrey) and Japan (Oyama High), worked in China (Rushan), Japan (Tokyo) and Korea (Seoul). As a bit of a diary record, Leah’s travels have taken her to the USA, Canada, Central (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize) and South America (Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Venezuela, Paraguay), the United Kingdom (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales), Western Europe (France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain), Eastern Europe (Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Hungary), Scandinavia (Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland), Russia, and Asia-Pacific Regions (Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam). As as side note, Leah included this because she (and her husband) love travel and will jump at the opportunity to go explore, take on an adventure or to help out where possible so eyes and ears are open. From 2020 looking for an opportunity to do a short period of research or development work somewhere not yet uncovered.
Leah’s ultimate goal is to use www.leahdansie.com to combine interests in medical and health science together with fitness and wellbeing, and create useful, meaningful content that can try help make a difference to health and longevity. Bit by bit, Leah is keen to share experiences like Australian Spartan and Search4Hurt and create opportunities using BodiFit as the driving force to motivate people from all walks of life to get involved in fitness to make a positive difference in their lives. With an underlying dream and ambition to work as a team, a community and whole society to be able help other’s and herself, Leah’s why and aim is to lead by example: to inspire, educate and empower. And how? Depth of experience, education, collaboration and the realisation that every day is an opportunity – but team-work makes the dream work! So, if you happen to see her at a race as she now tries to keep the young guns in line – say hi – or feel free to get in touch via @Leahdansie facebook, instagram or twitter. Any detailed queries, interests, messages or if you just want help and need to chat shoot off an email to Contact Me on the homepage.
F45 Play-Offs, National F45 Studio Championships, March 2018, 1st place team
Australian Spartan Season 1, Channel 7, 2018. Team: The Viking Sisters.
F45 NSW Play-Offs, March 2017, 2nd place female team
Bright Spartan Trifecta competition, 1st women’s elite
Bright Spartan Beast Australia, Nov 2016, 1st women’s elite
Bright Spartan Super Australia, Nov 2016, 2nd women’s elite
Melbourne Spartan Super, March 2015, 1st women’s elite
Spartan Australia team representative (Spartan Race sponsored), Vermont Spartan Beast – World Championship, Sept 2014
Brisbane Beast & Ultra Beast Australia, Sept 2014, 1st women’s elite
True Grit 24 hour Obstacle Enduro, August 2014, 1st female solo elite
Search4Hurt Series 2, ESPN, 2013 – 2014. Female winner of the 24 hour HurtCamp and co-star appearing at Bridge2Beach, The Mont 24hr MTB, The North Face 100km, Obstacle Enduro, GeoQuest, Townsville Triathlon
Spartan Beast and Ultra Beast Sydney, Nov 2013, 2nd women’s elite
Southern Cross Spartans team representative, Vermont Spartan World Championship Beast, Sept 2013, 21st women’s elite
Triathlon Australia, selected for the Age Group World Championship series, Sept 2013.
Spartan Race Sydney, March 2013 – FIRST SPARTAN RACE IN AUSTRALIA, 3rd women’s elite
2012 & prior
PowerLifting Australia, under 63kg category – Toronto Barbell, 1st female
CrossFit regionals team: Team CFX
The Long Quest for Answers – encourage, educate and motivate