THREE years ago, armed with just an idea and a burning passion to succeed, Andrew Mahony started exercise physiology business Rural Fit from the boot of his car.
The aspiring young entrepreneur could never have envisaged where that car would take him.
In one of the city’s most extraordinary business success stories, Mr Mahony has grown Rural Fit to be a leader in its field, on Saturday night winning the prestigious National Exercise Physiology Practice of the Year Award.
It comes hot on the heels of a swag of other awards, including the Rural Business of the Year, the NSW Business Chamber Excellence in Small Business Award and a finalist gong for Mr Mahony in the NSW Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
But it was the weekend’s award at the Annual Exercise Sports Science Australia presentation night in Adelaide that has the Rural Fit team brimming with pride.
“I’m just overwhelmed and extremely honoured,” Mr Mahony said.
“I don’t normally reflect too much on awards, but to win the industry’s top award is really special.”
Operating out of the Tamworth Sports Dome, Rural Fit has grown from a one-man business to now employing 20 people and seeing 400 patients a week.
Mr Mahony said one of the most gratifying parts of running Rural Fit was helping develop high school and uni graduates into exercise physiologists.
The business has clinics in Tamworth and Gunnedah as well as eight satellite clinics throughout the New England, North West and Far West region.
Rural Fit is a unique clinic for people wanting to prevent or manage conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol, depression, arthritis or injury.