Meet The Team

Angie and Barry Johnston – Owners

Angie and Barry Johnston have been operating fitness facilities in Bendigo now for over 25 years culminating in their flagship FIT Republic. The owners both hold Diploma’s in Fitness and Sports Coaching and the fact that they both are on the floor still teaching classes demonstrates the passion they have for the Bendigo fitness industry.

Peter Tyack (Sensei) – Senior Karate Coach

Sensei Peter is not only an accomplished Karate-ka, he is also a well-recognised figure in the Australian football scene and sporting industry in general. Sensei Peter has over 30 years of Karate experience and is a popular instructor amongst his students both young and old. Sensei Peter holds a Yondan (4th Dan) in Te Shin Kai Karate; Diploma of Sport (Coaching) Martial Arts and hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Sensei Peter is also the lead instructor for the FIT republic Vocational Training and Education in martial Arts program for Senior High School students across Victoria.

Charlotte Johnston – Program Director & Personal Trainer

Group Fitness Coordination – Marketing – Sales – Staff Management – Events Management – Senior Martial Arts Coach – Group Fitness: Cage Fitness – Shadow Boxer. Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Education, her qualifications include Diploma of Sport Coaching, Diploma of Fitness as well as Certificate IV Trainer and Assessor. She is also 3rd Dan Black Belt in Karate, and the only Cage Fitness- PRO (Instructor Trainer) outside of the USA.

Bella Johnston – Personal Trainer

Café Manager, Sales Consultant, Fitness instructor, Martial Arts instructor. Bella holds a certificate IV in Fitness & Sport Coaching, has her 2nd Dan Black Belt in Karate, and is currently studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Matthew Rice – Gym Manager & Personal Trainer

moveSKILL Coach – Personal Training – Gym Management – Staff Management – Sales – Marketing – Reception – Events – Management – Group Fitness: Cage Fitness, Kettlebells. Matt holds a Bachelor of Education, Diploma in Fitness, Sport Coaching and Sport Development, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, moveSKILL Level 1 Coaching Accreditation, Cage Fitness- Instructor Certification, and is a leader in the local sport & recreation community; Aussie rules football being his main specialty.

Melissa Irwin – Personal Trainer

Group Fitness: Night Ride – Body Pump – Cardio Step. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement. She also has Certificate IV in Fitness, and Trainer and Assessor. Melissa is a certified Les Mills Body Pump Instructor.

Frank McKinley (Shihan) – Senior Karate Coach

Shihan Frank McKinley has been studying Karate for most of his adult life. His expertise and refined teaching skills have made him a popular and valuable instructor and technical director at FIT Republic. Shihan Frank hold a 5th Dan in Karate and a Diploma in Sports Coaching (Senior Coach) specialising in Martial Arts.

Jo Wolters – Personal Trainer

Jo is a highly regarded and popular moveSKILL instructor that enjoys her own training as much as training others. Jo is a qualified personal trainer and moveSKILL coach as well as being a qualified trainer and assessor. Jo also plays an important role in the “Adam and Eve” café as she tends to the dietary needs of clients inside and outside of FIT Republic. Certificate IV Fitness, currently undertaking diploma in fitness, also Certificate IV Trainer and Assessor.

Kate Hay – Reception Manager, Sales Consultant & Group Fitness Instructor

Kate holds her Cert IV in fitness, is Les Mills PUMP and Cage Fitness Certified and has been instructing group fitness classes with us for over 10 years.

Mark Thompson – Personal Trainer

Mark is a popular personal trainer that is available to help beginners to advanced gain the body they are looking for. Mark is one of Australia’s most successful competitive body builders. Between 1990 and 1997 Mark won the following titles
IFBB Novice Mr Victoria – 1st
IFBB U/90KG Mr Victoria – 1st
IFBB 3× Heavy Weight Mr Victoria – 1st
IFBB Heavy Weight Mr Melbourne -1st
IFBB Heavy Weight Mr Southern State -1st IFBB Heavy Weight Mr Australia – 2nd IFBB Heavy Weight Pro Hart Classic – 2nd

Meagan Faulkner – Personal Trainer

Meagan is a well-respected staff member at FIT Republic who has international and local experience in personal training and group fitness. Meagan teaches group fitness including pump and spin, Meagan holds personal trainer qualifications and is popular in yoga and stretch classes. Helping clients increase their fitness, flexibility and agility is what Meagan loves about her job.

Richie Ivory

Irish national and well season mixed martial arts fighter on the European fight circuit, Richie Ivory brings a wealth of competitive martial arts experience to Bendigo. Richie has a variety of titles in Brazilian jiu Jitsu and muay thai and competes at a professional level in MMA. Richie has already trained a very strong stable of fighters in Bendigo, many going on to compete well in regional and state titles. Richie welcome new members regardless of experience, he is here to help first day beginners all the way to competitive fighters.

Amelia Irwin- Martial Arts Instructor


Martial Arts instructor, Sales consultant, Receptionist, Cert III Childcare, Cert III Sport & recreation. Amelia has her Black Belt in Karate and is currently studying her Diploma in Business Management.

Natahsha Broersen – Martial Arts Instructor

Natahsha has a strong background in Nursing and psychology, but found her passion in Karate when she started training at Fit Republic. Sensei Natahsha is now a First Dan Black Belt and is an excellent Teacher and Mentor to our Karate kids from ages 3+. Natahsha is also one of our talented group fitness instructors.

Ady Williams – Personal Trainer

Ady has always had a strong passion towards health and fitness and pursued her career as a personal trainer in 2015. Ady specialises in weight loss, fat loss, pre and post-natal exercise and successfully runs fitness challenges to keep her clients motivated.