At 58, with arthritis, a bad knee, a bad back and bad shoulder, Nick Fowler enrolled in Tafe to become a personal trainer – a job he now loves
Name: Nick Fowler
Electrical engineer turned personal trainer
I was a severe asthmatic to start with. Living in Darwin every time the season changed, I ended up in hospital. They said I had to start swimming to build my chest muscles up and build my lung capacity. So I got into sport through swimming. I started playing AFL. My mother played squash so used to bash me around the court playing squash. I played cricket, rugby league. I was playing six sports a year as a young kid, from the age of about 14, or 15.
Then at 16 I had no idea what I wanted to do. My father was a power station supervisor up in Darwin and he said there was something going, and I managed to get it. I started off as an apprentice instrument control systems tradesman and worked my way up. It goes with my mind. I’m logic-minded. I was in the technical side of it for over 40 years, I saw huge changes in the industry.