A never-give-up attitude has helped Scott Liebelt recover from a motorbike accident; now he wants to share his determination with others.
After the accident in October 2010, the young Meningie man found himself in a place he had never considered; but with the support of family, friends and his community, he got back on track.
"I started riding dirt bikes when I was about 10, I played footy as well, but after a while I became more interested in bikes, so at 18 I quit footy to concentrate on my riding," he said.
"Back then there wasn't even a motocross club in Meningie, so my mates and I took to local scrub tracks and eventually we made our own full-size track at our place."
With a land grant from the Coorong District Council in 2005, the Meningie Motocross Club was opened.
Without hesitation, Scott joined the committee and began to race at every opportunity – usually coming a comfortable third in most of the club races.
Eventually, with the encouragement of one of his keen mates, Scott began to travel throughout South Australia competing in all the Clubman MX rounds.
"It was a great time, we were exposed to much better riders and lots of different tracks,” he said.
“Some of the rounds had a gate of 40 riders, which is massive compared to the five or 10 riders at local rounds.
“In the Clubman MX rounds I would usually finish in the top 10 – I recall my best was sixth place."
Scott grew up on a 100-acre property six kilometres west of Meningie, where his family ran a few beef cattle.
His mum worked at the local chemist and his dad worked full-time as a council grader operator with most of his weekends taken up by part-time tiling.
After working part time at two local dairies while at school, Scott left school in 2003 to take up full time work on another dairy, before the industry began shutting down around his home town of Meningie.
"My accident in 2010 changed my life in a massive way; going from an active 25-year-old to being told you might never walk again, is not something I would wish upon anyone," Scott said.
"I didn’t let it get me down though; from day one I was surrounded by family, friends and most of all, my girlfriend Tash, who helped me keep my head in the right space.
"I was in Hampstead Rehabilitation Hospital for five months, physio every day and hit the gym as hard as I could.
“When I thought I had got all that I could from Hampstead, I began to look elsewhere to further my recovery.
“Finding a place called Project Walk in California, I took off to learn how I could train myself.
“I have always been into training to keep myself fit for riding and since my accident I have found gym training has replaced my love for bikes."
After completing his Certificate IV in Personal Training, Scott began training people from his shed at home.
"My shed wasn't lined, it was so hot during summer and my regulars really didn't enjoy competing with the flies, so my good mate and now business partner Sam Rasheed and I thought it would be great to see Meningie with its own gym," he said.
"We started researching the market with an online survey and the rest is history – the area was screaming out for a gym."
Upon hearing that the Meningie Football Club was building a new change room complex, Scott and Sam popped the question to the club about leasing some space for their gym.
Never Fold Fitness opened its doors at the Meningie Football Club on March 14.
Scott and Sam's attitude of never throwing in the towel in business, friendship or in life, shines through in every class.
Never Fold Fitness is located at the Meningie Football Club on the Narrung Road.
- More information: Scott Liebelt, 0458 566 083.