A WOMAN who was told she would never run again after a car accident is a finalist in a major competition – for running a health club.
Rowie Schulz is in the business owner category in the NT Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
After a car accident at the age of 28, doctors feared her days of rigorous exercise were over.
They were wrong.
Ms Schulz owns Essential Fitness in Alice Springs.
“I broke both my ankles and they weren’t set properly,” she said.
“My doctor said I’d suffer such bad arthritis that I’d end up in a wheelchair.
“I just said, ‘that’s rubbish’ and got on with life.”
Ms Schultz, now 48, is a former triathlete.
Fitness businesses are making a big mark in the Telstra awards.
Hollie Goodall, who owns HG Fitness in the Darwin suburb of Jingili, is a finalist in three categories.
And Katrina Dolahenty’s Fizique at Stuart Park has reached the business owner final.
Other finalists include an engineer project manager for two of the Northern Territory’s biggest road developments, a teacher-librarian who designed a schools strategy to improve literacy standards, the owners of an Alice Springs pest control company and a Darwin jewellery store, an NT Correctional Services executive who led a government strategy to reduce anti-social behaviour and the St Vincent de Paul Society’s chief executive.
Twelve women are in the finals.
Telstra’s Kate McKenzie said the finalists were a diverse group of successful business women whose achievements were an inspiration for others.
The winners will be announced at the Darwin Convention Centre on September 14.
Northern Territory winners will go on to the national awards final in Sydney on November 11.
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