Student Spotlight Award Winner, Troy Chalmers

We are honoured to present Troy Chalmers as the recipient of our Student Spotlight Award. Troy’s story is one of profound resilience and unwavering determination in the face of adversity. His commitment to his fitness studies and his remarkable transformation have deeply impressed our team. Despite encountering significant challenges, Troy’s journey serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration, showcasing the transformative power of perseverance and community support. As we delve into Troy’s story, we invite you to join us in celebrating his achievements and drawing inspiration from his remarkable journey of transformation.

Please note: This article includes references to substance abuse.


Discovering Strength Amidst Adversity

Troy’s journey began amidst upheaval and uncertainty. At just 14 years old, he found himself navigating a new country, grappling with loneliness and addiction. The abrupt departure from his familiar surroundings in South Africa left him feeling adrift, disconnected from his peers, and the activities he once enjoyed. In the absence of familiar comforts, Troy sought solace in the gym. Despite the initial hesitance and lack of direction, he embarked on a journey of self-discovery and physical transformation, turning to exercise as a means to combat the weight gain and loneliness that plagued him. It was within the walls of the local gym that Troy found a sanctuary, a space where he could channel his energy and begin to reclaim control over his life.


Guided by a Mentor: The Power of Support

Amidst the darkness, a guiding light emerged in the form of Ben Abbott, a personal trainer at World Gym Coomera. Under Ben’s mentorship, Troy not only found physical strength but also a renewed sense of purpose. With Ben’s support, he began to envision a future in which he could help others navigate their fitness journeys. The relationship between mentor and mentee blossomed, with Ben providing not only guidance in the realm of fitness but also serving as a source of inspiration and encouragement during Troy’s darkest moments. It was through Ben’s unwavering belief in his potential that Troy found the resilience to persevere, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.


Overcoming Obstacles: A Tale of Perseverance

Troy’s path was not without its obstacles. Learning challenges and setbacks, including a harrowing overdose, threatened to derail his progress. Yet, with unwavering support from his mother and mentors, Troy persisted. Despite the odds, he completed his Certificate III in Fitness, a testament to his resilience and determination. The journey was fraught with moments of doubt and despair, but Troy refused to succumb to the darkness. Instead, he drew strength from the support network that surrounded him, leaning on his loved ones and mentors for guidance and encouragement. It was through their unwavering belief in his potential that Troy found the courage to continue moving forward, one step at a time.


Empowering Others: A Beacon of Inspiration

Armed with his certification, Troy has become a beacon of inspiration in the fitness community. As a Group Fitness Instructor at Shred n Rip Fitness, he works tirelessly to support individuals of all backgrounds and abilities. Through his work, Troy embodies the ethos of compassion, resilience, and the transformative power of fitness. He understands firsthand the impact that a supportive community can have on one’s journey to wellness and is committed to paying it forward, empowering others to discover their own strength and resilience.


Looking Ahead: Embracing Growth and Opportunity

As Troy looks to the future, his horizon brims with promise. Rekindling his passion for basketball, he embraces the camaraderie and competition of the sport. Alongside his athletic pursuits, he continues to pursue his Certificate IV in Fitness, eager to expand his knowledge and skills. The journey ahead is rife with opportunities for growth and self-discovery, and Troy approaches it with an unwavering sense of optimism and determination. He understands that the road ahead may not always be easy, but he is committed to facing each challenge head-on, drawing strength from the lessons learned along the way.


Advice for the Journey, from Troy Chalmers
  1. Listen to your mum she always knows best
  2. The more you expose yourself to real-life experiences in the gym the easier it is to understand and apply what you are learning in your studies.  What you learn in your own gym training will help significantly with completing your online work.
  3. Find a really good Personal Trainer that you can relate to, talk to and get advice from.  Make them one of your mentors as the support and advice they can offer is invaluable.
  4. Never give up, if you want it enough you’ll show up, even when you don’t feel like it, not every day will be easy its normal for life to be tough sometimes.

Troy’s journey offers valuable lessons for those navigating their own paths. His advice echoes his experiences—listen to your supporters, embrace real-life challenges, and never lose sight of your goals. In him, we find a testament to the transformative power of perseverance, community, and unwavering belief in oneself. Troy’s story serves as a reminder that, even in the darkest of times, there is hope, and with determination and support, anything is possible. 


We are so proud to have Troy as as student and graduate at Onfit Training College, and we look forward to being part of Troy’s bright future in the fitness industry. Congratulations Troy!