Meet our leader Jane MacDonald
Jane MacDonald

Adventure Host & Operations

I am Jane, a gypsy at heart and an intrepid traveller. I am into adventures- boots n’ all!

I was introduced to Women’s Fitness Adventures whilst organising a mother/ daughter event. I was on the Women’s Fitness Adventure’s web site and was very excited to see so many adventures so I signed up!

I am a lover of the outdoors and am always up for an adventure and a challenge. The world is there to be explored and enjoyed and although some days are more challenging than others the attachment to the outdoors simply makes for beautiful moments.

I grew up travelling, my dad was in the army and that meant moving! As an adult I have lived in England, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and The U.S.A. I moved to Malaysia with a suitcase and a job and returned 15 years later with a husband, 2 children and a shipping container. Yes, I collected a few things on the way!

I have trekked to Everest Base Camp, built houses in Cambodia, white water rafted, sea kayaked and travelled  to many destinations around the world. I am always trying to improve my wilderness skill set!

Always active and wanting to escape to the outdoors Women’s Fitness Adventures has given me that escape, if only for a morning to connect back to basics of life, it is always wonderful. I come home a happy mum with lots to talk about. The house may be a little messier but no one notices.

I am excited to be a host for Women’s Fitness  Adventures. I always look forward to meeting and trekking with the wonderful women who are also up for a little adventure – rain or shine , there is always beauty and always fun.

See you outdoors, Jane

Sam, Women's Fitness Adventures leader
Sam Howard-van Beek

Adventure Host

Hi I”m Sam

The outdoors have always featured as part of my life. Some of my earliest memories are of camping in the bush, trekking through rainforests and climbing mountain trails. These pursuits have continued and now my children also share my love of nature.

Being outside in the elements has always been sensory experience for me. I love the smells, the sounds, the sights and the feelings evoked by being in nature. Nature takes me away from my everyday humdrum to a place where I have the freedom to focus on me and experience the wonders of our natural environment. It doesn’t matter whether it’s hiking along a trail, or kayaking down a river, or sitting behind the break waiting for a wave. I enjoy it all. I always feel recharged and energised after these connections with the outdoors.

Women’s Fitness Adventures made it easier for me to get my outdoor fix. I didn’t have to think too much. I would simply book and strategically plan my escape from my work commitments and 4 children. The bonus was that I discovered a community of supportive like-minded women who are a joy to be around.

I can’t wait to meet you on your next adventure.

Tricia Riordan

Adventure Host 

Hi, I’m Trish

I am a lover of the mountains, the ocean and all the wondrous nature that lies in-between.

Being in nature allows me to let go of the craziness of a busy household, reconnect, listen to and recharge myself.

I have a dream board in my office with photos of all of the exciting places in the world that I would love to explore. I believe that travel is one of the best investments you can make in yourself.

I continually strive to challenge myself – bungy jumping, white water rafting, paddle boarding, snowboarding or long distance hikes – and I know that my mental and physical health improves whenever I take myself out of my comfort zone.

I love the energy that develops when a group of women come together in nature. I love the conversation, the reflection, the beauty and the laughter.

I am so excited to meet and trek with the strong women of Women’s Fitness Adventures and I look forward to our next adventure.

Jo Jordison

Adventure Host

Hello, I’m Jo

I’m looking forward to meeting you and sharing many adventures. I love meeting new people, and I would describe myself as someone who welcomes a challenge and is excited to try new things.

A few years ago my life took an unexpected direction and while I was searching for my identity and a way forward, my friend suggested I should try Women’s Fitness Adventures.

It was one of the best decisions I made! As a child growing up on a dairy farm, my brothers and I spent countless hours exploring the landscape, climbing and swimming in creeks and through Women’s Fitness Adventures that inner child lives on. I have rediscovered how wonderful being in the outdoors truly is.

It is my honour to help you enjoy the outdoors, strive for your goals or perhaps rediscover a little of your inner child.

See you soon.

Melissa Pols

Adventure Host 

Hi I’m Melissa,

I have been passionate about the outdoors for as long as I can remember and when I see a track, I just want to head down it to see where it leads.  I love exploring and hiking in the bush, bike riding, experiencing new and different environments and challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone.

I have travelled on some incredible family adventures throughout Australia and overseas with my 2 children and husband,with highlights being whitewater rafting, kayaking through icebergs in Alaska, packrafting, snow shoeing, hiking the Three Capes Track in Tasmania with 16 family and friends and cycling 450km with my 12 year old daughter.

I find being outdoors helps me to clear my mind and gives me the opportunity to step away from the craziness of life. Whether it be a gentle stroll, a workout tackling stairs or hills(a personal favouriteof mine much to my husband’s horror) or just sitting by a creek being mesmerised by the water it doesn’t matter, they all help remind me how important it is to take time out for myself.

I believe that with the right preparation, training and mindset we can all achieve our goals and dreams and being a host with Women’s Fitness Adventures allows me to be able to inspire, encourage, laughand share in a sense of achievement with the amazing women of our C.R.E.W. all whilst enjoying the great outdoors.

Looking forward to many funfilled adventures, Melissa