Filex 2019 has been, gone and I have now had time to reflect.
It was my first first Filex Convention as an attendee and as a Presenter and what an amazing way to experience my first Filex! Onto my presentation in a moment, but there is something to be said for being surrounded by so many passionate, knowledgable Fitness Professionals. The feeling of being immersed in all things Fitness is undeniably infectious! To have the ability to learn from and with people who are passionate about the same thing as you certainly brings the energy, ignites that passion even more and makes the fire in your belly burn brighter than ever.
To have the opportunity to be part of the Australian Aqua Presenter Team at Filex was huge for me and one I am very grateful for. Working alongside seasoned presenters such as Annette Chatterton, Claire Barker-Hemmings, Maria Teresa Stone, Marietta Mehanni, Lisa Westlake & Christine Naysmith was a huge learning experience that was really valuable as not only a presenter but an instructor. I applaud our Australian "Aqua Man" Dominic Gili who was instrumental in Aqua being part of Filex in 2019. I am sure we are all grateful for his determination to get Aqua back on at Filex, his organisation, support, encouragement and wisdom.
So I guess you could call me one of the newbies in Australia on the presenting scene!! I wasn't alone in the newbie department with Lianne Tiemans also joining the fun with her "KIS your HIIT" session and Marlee King with her "Aqua for all ages" session. I must admit, I felt a little pressure being amoungst such prestigious Aqua Presenters! Was I nervous for my session? Hell yes! Having never been to Filex before I had no idea what to expect, so I put my best foot forward and did it my way.
My session was "Creative Choreography Concepts" based on Add-on choreography methods to reach an end goal routine. Choreography has a way of creating confusion for some intructors. I wanted to deepen the knowledge into how creative you can get with choreography without the method being harder. Once I started my session my nerves disappeared and all went very smoothly. Could anything be improved? Always! Nothing is ever perfect and you will ALWAYS learn something from delivering sessions and trainings. The reception I received from all the participants in the pool was a good one. From their reactions they enjoyed it, had fun, were engaged, kept warm (the pool was cold!) and learned a different way to choreograph while learning different moves in the process. I certainly had a ball with everyone and it will be a memory I won't forget!
I have recently received my feedback and you can read some of the the comments I received:
"A fabulous session. Best masterclass of the day. Donna was well rehearsed and offered a variety of choreography options. Lots of energy and lots of fun!"
"Brilliant.. first timer presenter was obviously very experienced and prepared. High energy and great presentation, even the hard heads were impressed. "
"I have never seen so much energy and with it motivation for all participants from a presenter. Donna was unbelievable!"
"Donna Stocker just raised the bar as to were Aqua Fitness should be. Gold star!"
"Fantastic Choreographic Aqua Routine with plenty of combos made easy as only Add On method used so Instructors followed well and all planes covered and intensity levels."
Thank you to everyone who joined my session at Filex and I hope you have managed to find it useful for your classes. I look forward to seeing you at more of my sessions as I move forward with my future in presenting. Make sure you check in on my Trainings and Workshops page on my website to see where I will be presenting in the future.
If you would like a copy of the video of my session, please drop me a line via my contact page.