The Body Refinery's Sponsored Athletes

The Body Refinery has been helping clients achieve their fitness and movement goals since 2008.

While every one of our clients is treated like a star, we are proud to sponsor some amazing Brisbane-based athletes.
Read on to learn more about these inspiring clients, their success stories, latest achievements and more.

Are you interested in becoming a sponsored athlete?  Please contact us for details on our sponsorship program.

tom james marathon runner the body refinery's sponsored athletes

Thomas James

Marathon runner
Katrina Gorry Matilda soccer player The Body Refinery's Sponsored Athletes

Katrina Gorry

Soccer Player (The Matildas;
Brisbane Roar; Olympian)

Lara Roederer equestrian The Body Refinery's sponsored athletes

Lara Roederer

Equestrian

Thomas James

Marathon Runner

Tell us about yourself and your sport in a few words.

My name is Tom James and I am a runner. Over the last nine years, I have challenged myself over many races across varied distances and terrains, from my weekly parkrun (I love New Farm parkrun!) to marathons, to 100mile ultra marathons. I am excited by aiming to better my best; running faster and sometimes further than I have before.

What is your greatest achievement, and what goals do you have for the future?

My biggest achievement would have to be finishing the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. The Western States is a 100-mile ultra trail race that starts at a ski resort in California and crosses the Sierra Nevada, finishing 100miles later in Auburn, California. Just to get in, you have to get through a lottery as only 369 people can enter the race each year. To get a ‘ticket’ in the lottery you have to complete a qualifying race, and it can take up to 8 years to get through the lottery. I was a first-year entrant to the lottery, which gave me a two per cent chance of getting in, and I was pulled out of the tombola! With the help of my amazing crew (you need a crew for these long-distance ultra trail events!) of my wife and two good friends, I completed the Western States in 28 hours and 24 minutes, seeing two dawns along the way!

My current short term goal is to set a new official marathon personal best at the Sunshine Coast Marathon on 10th October. On the way to that race, I also want to break my 5K and 10K personal bests. A long term goal is to run the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, an extremely scenic and tough 170K race around the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps.

What is your weekly training routine?

I run six days a week, averaging 80 – 90K a week. Every Tuesday night I do Pilates at The Body Refinery with the amazing Lexi Garland. I also do bodyweight exercises four days a week, and these are exercises that Lexi and other instructors at The Body Refinery have taught me over the last year.

What brought you to Pilates and The Body Refinery?

I had a persistent back injury from work, that would not go away. Someone suggested I try Pilates as I had had some minor improvement through yoga. I live near The Body Refinery and had been meaning to try it for a while so this presented a great opportunity to train at the studio.

How do you benefit from Pilates at The Body Refinery?

The Pilates with Lexi and Courtney fixed my back, which made a huge difference, and I also found that my running times were coming down. Since starting Pilates I have developed a strong core, which has enabled me to run faster and recover quicker from hard races and training runs. Thanks to Pilates I am on the cusp of breaking my 5K and 10K personal bests set 8 years ago, when I was in my early thirties! Having a stronger core also helps me in other aspects of daily life and means my body is generally more resilient.

What would you say to someone who is hesitant to give it a go?

Do it! I consider it essential for any runner who is wanting to improve their fitness, times and/or run further. I also find it an enjoyable practice. The Body Refinery is also such a welcoming and comfortable environment.

Katrina Gorry

Soccer Player (The Matildas;
Brisbane Roar; Olympian)

Tell us about yourself and your sport in a few words.

My name is Katrina Gorry and I’m an Australian Women’s Soccer player.

What is your greatest achievement, and what goals do you have for the future?

My biggest achievement would be playing in 2 World cups and 1 Olympic Games.

What is your weekly training routine?

My weekly training routine consists of 5 field sessions, 2 gym sessions, 1 game and hopefully 1-2 pilates sessions.

What brought you to Pilates and The Body Refinery?

I started going to pilates to enhance my “on-field performances”. I wanted to be stronger and more flexible without putting too much stress and load through my body (heavyweights, more running etc).

How do you benefit from Pilates at The Body Refinery?

I notice after I have been going to pilates consistently that my core is much stronger and I feel more stable throughout my whole body.

What would you say to someone who is hesitant to give it a go?

Pilates will make your body feel amazing. You feel stronger, more flexible and work muscles that you probably didn’t know existed. I would recommend Pilates to anyone.

Lara Roederer

Equestrian

Tell us about yourself and your sport in a few words.

My name is Lara and I compete in multiple equestrian disciplines including Dressage, Showjumping and Eventing.

What is your weekly training routine?

I train with my horses about 8-10 times a week and compete almost every weekend.

What brought you to Pilates and The Body Refinery?

I decided to try pilates as I wanted to improve my posture in the saddle while also increasing my strength and balance, therefore, making me a better rider.

How do you benefit from Pilates at The Body Refinery?

Pilates helps me in all parts of my life whether it be horse riding or just doing daily tasks it helps me by strengthening my muscles and allowing me to be capable of much more. As a competitive rider, I feel that Pilates has helped me get fit and improve my core strength which is essential for all aspects of riding.

What would you say to someone who is hesitant to give it a go?

I would say you should give it a go as you will be amazed how much you are capable of when you are using your body correctly.