Meeghan Bell

Experience:

Professional athlete 7 years, personal trainer since 2006

Qualifications:

Meeghan grew up in a family passionate about health and fitness, and started her career in her parent’s squash and fitness centre in Melbourne. She draws on both her training and her experience as a professional elite athlete to help her clients to achieve their personal fitness goals.

Meg’s story:

Exercise can change your life! But don’t just take the word of a personal trainer… Here’s my story:

As an unknown on the junior circuit, I played my first squash tournament at the age of 11. I made it to the grand final but lost in straight sets, and in doing so fell in love with the game of squash. Encouraged by my parents I trained hard, which paid off when I earned a place on the Victorian junior squash team. In 1987 I won the Australian Under 15 Championship, and two years later the Australian Under 17 Championship. A 12-month Australian Institute of Sport scholarship gave me the opportunity to train under the direction of two squash ‘legends’, Geoff Hunt and Heather McKay, and to observe and be inspired by some of the world’s top professional players. In 1991 I was captain of the Australian Junior team. We finished a close second in the U.19 World Championships in Norway, and I was placed third in the world individual event.

Encouraged, I decided to try to realise my dream of becoming a professional squash player. In 1992 I traveled overseas to play on the world professional circuit. My expectations were high, but I discovered that stepping up to senior level and the traveling life of a pro were more difficult than I imagined. I returned home disillusioned by my lack of results. Soon enough I realised I had actually learned a great deal, and set about trying to achieve my ambitious goals. I sought the full time services of Len Steward, my principal coach, and his wife Flip Steward-Hargreaves. Len, who is one of the world’s most experienced and successful coaches, developed a training program for me that guided my development from 1993 to 1997, when I achieved my career ‘high’ – a world squash ranking of 14.

After I hung up my racket in 1997 I decided to experience other things and tried my hand in the hospitality industry and gained qualifications and worked in film and media. With these new skills I felt refreshed and eager to come back to what I was really passionate about, the fitness industry, to share what I learnt with others and help people improve their lives through health and fitness.