About Fiona Mann
Accredited Practising Dietitian, Sports Dietitian, Level 1 ISAK anthropometrist, BEcon, MBA, BHlthSc(Nutr&Diet)(Hons 1).
Fiona is committed to an individualised, practical, needs centred approach to assisting athletes of all stages and ages maximise their performance through nutrition education. She has lots of life and training experience and can empathise with clients and their families; ensuring together they find practical solutions to fit easily within the client’s lifestyle and training schedules, thus making them sustainable and easy to implement.
Fiona believes that no goal is too small or too insignificant; and her passion is helping people through nutrition to achieve their full potential; be it in their 1st fun run, school cricket match, club rugby game or their 20th Ultramarathon.
Fiona utilises the latest research and evidence bases to find practical workable solutions for clients which are sustainable in their lifestyle and loves motivating people towards their goals.
She spent 15 years working in finance and fund management, when her marathon and triathlon racing led her to see a sports dietitian. The sports dietitian inspired her so much and she saw great changes in her racing and lifestyle she left finance and went back to university to study dietetics.
Nutrition has played a large part in her sporting career. She has raced several ironman triathlons, 15 marathons and several ultramarathons. She has placed top 10 in the national marathon titles, often placing top three in her age group and won the female event in an 80km ultramarathon in 2014 and is one day hoping to make it to South Africa and race Comrades.
She has also raced in New Zealand, Boston and across Australia so is equipped to help athletes and teams who need to travel for events.
She is passionate about life in general but especially:
- Endurance sports (marathons, ultramarathons, ironman/half ironman triathlons, cycling)
- Team sports (cricket, rugby, AFL)
- Adolescent nutrition, especially educating around sport & healthy eating –it is a gift for life
- Disordered eating/weight loss/obesity
Two things I can’t live without are: My family and my running shoes!
9am on a weekend morning, and I am: Standing on a rugby field /cricket pitch /insert other sporting arena cheering for my son while trying not to seize up after a long run.
My favourite training session is: Any, I love them all….but I do tend to bounce out of bed most easily for my long runs in the dark where it’s just me, my performance and no excuses, just commitment to myself and my goals!
My nutrition philosophy: Food is meant to be enjoyed! Your body will love you and perform for you if you eat a balanced, healthy, colourful, varied diet. Most foods can be consumed in moderation and healthy eating does not equate to restrictive eating. I have personally experienced and seen in many of my athletes the training and lifestyle benefits of a healthy balanced diet and firmly believe that no matter who you are you cannot out train a poor or unbalanced diet, in the end it will catch up with you!