Fitness leader up for award

Synarah MurphyThe West Australian
Port Hedland athlete Karlee Orr has been nominated for A Seven News Young Achiever Surge Fitness sports award.
Camera IconPort Hedland athlete Karlee Orr has been nominated for A Seven News Young Achiever Surge Fitness sports award. Credit: Supplied

A young superwoman in the North West has been singled out for her outstanding hard work and commitment to the community.

Port Hedland athlete Karlee Orr has been nominated for a Seven News Young Achiever Surge Fitness Sports Award for her achievements and ongoing dedication to helping people achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Ms Orr has lived in Hedland for nine years and been heavily involved with the high-intensity interval training franchise F45.

The awards will showcase WA’s most talented youth and highlight their incredible work over the years.

Port Hedland’s fitness community has changed with Mrs Orr’s management skills, enthusiasm and dedication to ensuring the gym is reaching out to other community groups to assist in spreading her message that a healthy lifestyle is attainable by all.

Mrs Orr said she was extremely humbled to be recognised for her achievements, such as winning the Best Start-Up Club nationwide award in 2016, as well as her nomination this year.

“I am so stoked to be recognised for doing what I love — I have felt so lucky to be able to help so many people,” she said.

“I’m excited to have even been nominated for this award and to get considered to win.”

F45 staff member Kira Cowen said Mrs Orr was a role model who supported her members and colleagues like family.

“Karlee not only looks after her staff, but our members as well and is always coming up with bigger and better ideas,” Ms Cowen said.

“Not only does she bring her support to help and encourage health, fitness and fun ... but (she) is also involving small businesses around Port Hedland and getting them involved within the gyms itself.

“This is why everyone feels like they are a part of a family — I don’t think people realise how hard it is to run both of these gyms. Most importantly, she always has a smile and time to talk to everyone.”

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