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About Us

Fat Farmers started in 2012 when Greg Hean, Ben Wundersitz and Scott Hoyle (all farmers near Maitland on Yorke Peninsula, SA) started going to the new local gym. They were over 40 and joked about becoming "Fat Farmers" now they were no longer playing footy. 
The name stuck as the Maitland group grew and gradually other communities got involved...

Our Mission

To inspire and encourage farmers and those living in rural communities to improve their health and wellbeing through physical activity.

In 2015, the Fat Farmers concept expanded beyond Yorke Peninsula, 

connecting with other farmers across South Australia. Fat Farmer groups (or teams) are now dotted across the state and include a diverse range of producers (cropping, grape growers, almond farms) and with groups catering for a variety of fitness levels and ages, from school children to retirees! 

Each of our groups has a volunteer Team Coordinator who keep things

organised and represents the group at our bi-annual team meetings.

Our group structure would not be possible without our Coordinators and

we are so grateful for the time they give, week in and week out.

Team Coordinators

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Cheryl Hean

Maitland, SA


Greg Schmaal

Saddleworth, SA

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Suzy Barlow

Moama, NSW

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Joe Ross

Robertstown, SA


Ben Marshman

Owen, SA

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Marie Storey

Wilmington, SA

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Jeff Bigg

Wudinna, SA

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Tim Daly

Kapunda, SA


Will Holmes

Tanunda & Freeling, SA


Clint Powell

Kimba, SA

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Sam Correll

Kadina, SA

Our Board


Fat Farmers: Rural Health Initiative became an Incorporated Association in September 2021.

This means we now have our own Constitution and a Board to ensure good governance of the organisation. 


Ben Wundersitz



Deb Purvis


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James Cook

Board Member

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Richard Sheppy



Tim Preusker

Board Member


Will Harris

Interim Executive Officer

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Bradley Barnes

Deputy Chair

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Rachel McKay

Board Member

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