My name is Channai Graham and I have been working at Absolute Balance for over a year and as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist for just over three years.
I grew up in a small country town called Kondinin, 3 hours south east of Perth and loved every second. Despite the fact I had just 2 others in my year at primary school and the whole town knew everything about everyone it was a great environment to grow up in. As usual for a kid growing up in a small country town, sport and exercise was a big part of my life, from playing netball on weekends to learning to water ski and everything in between.
Unfortunately, whilst I was still quite young my Dad was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This affected his life and the people surrounding him quite significantly and I believe this was the point I knew what career path I wanted to take. Both my parents still currently reside in Kondinin and I have a little brother completing his apprenticeship up here in Perth.
I made the big move to Perth in year 8, boarding at a private all girl school which was where my love of sport grew further. Before and after school was packed with training, whether it be athletics, cross country, netball or volleyball, I just had to be involved. I graduated high school in 2012, and despite others in my class still unaware of what path they wanted to take from there, I was quite the opposite.
After seeing my Dad go through countless Physiotherapy sessions and seeing how much it helped him both physically and mentally, when it came to deciding what to study at University, I went with a degree in Sport Science at Curtin University. It was over these first three years at university that I realised the impact exercise can have on so many different individuals through all walks of life, although always knew my passion was around helping people like my dad get back on track and I knew exercise could do that. From here, I opted to study for an additional year and complete my Post Graduate Diploma in Exercise Physiology at Notre Dame.
Outside of work I love going for walks with my dog (of whom I talk about way too much about), keeping active and hanging out with friends and family. I also have a serious weakness for Italian food. I have been travelling to the typical Australian holiday destinations such as Bali and Vietnam, although I am planning a trip to Europe as we speak for mid-June.
Over the past 3 years I have had the privilege of meeting and working with so many people from all walks of life and have been involved with so many great outcomes. At the end of the day, nothing is more satisfying to me than someone saying I have changed their life for the better and that is what motivates me every day to continue with this career and industry.
Channai Graham (B.Sc-Ex.Sp.Sci,Post.Grad.Dip.(Clin.Ex.Phys))
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) (AES) (ESSAM)