The Starting Line

Take The First Step On Your Journey Towards Reaching Your Goals

 Our Team                     

We started with a simple idea: to plan Retreats that have a positive impact on the lives of others.

Our Aim is to create an environment where wishes can become goals, and goals can become reality.

Our Mission is to help as many people as we can, to acheive their goals. 

Janet has had a dream of creating Running Retreats for years. The first time Tammy heard about this, she cringed at the thought! But then they started talking about the unlimited options for Retreats, and the broad range of people they could help by organising goal specific Retreats.  And The Starting Line was born.

Tammy and Janet both hold Bachelor's in Sport and Exercise at SIT.  They are both casual tutors at SIT in the Sport & Exercise Department, Metafit Instructors, farmers, and are very passionate about helping others to see the benefits of regular exercise and a good nutrition plan.  They base their own health ideas around real foods, and sensible living.  Janet manages Riverton Spin, and Tammy runs Bootcamps, and other classes through Southland Health And Fitness Training (SHAFT). They are both rural ladies, with a passion for helping others increase their health, fitness, and reach goals.  They also both provide personal training including help with nutrition.  

We are very passionate about helping people to achieve their goals, whether they be weight loss, increasing fitness, achieving better results in competitions, or improving both physical and mental well being through becoming active.  We provide a weekend away from your day to day normal, and allow you to reinspire and reignite your own dreams.  Our Retreats will provide the Starting Line to set you on your way to wherever your journey leads.

Meet our team of highly qualified and passionate health and wellness professionals.


Janet Willis & Tammy Vincent



Janet is a Sheep Farmer, Casual Tutor at SIT, Spin Instructor for Riverton Spin, Metafit Instructor, and Mother of four boys.  She is a long distance runner, has completed many marathons, and is now a keen triathlete.  It has been Janet's dream for years to offer Running Retreats, providing a platform for like minded people to meet, bond and learn.  When she met Tammy, they began dreaming together of all the Retreat possibilities. 

Tammy is a Dairy Farmer, Casual Tutor at SIT, AB Technician, Bootcamp and Metafit Instructor for Southland Health And Fitness Training (SHAFT), and Mother of two boys.  

Both lovely ladies have completed their Bachelor's in Sport and Exercise and are excited about what the future holds.  The Starting Line will soon provide Exercise Rehab for both physical injury and mental illness such as depression, and group fitness classes for falls prevention accredited by WellSouth.


John Knowler is the massage therapist for The Starting Line, and is on site at each retreat ready to provide relaxation massages to those who would like one. 

John's business is WinFit Personal Training & Massage and he loves to get out and be active.  He and wife have three active children who keep them both busy.  He is a sales consultant at Hunting and Fishing and is a skilled fisherman.  

John is a very knowledgeable man who is happy to answer any questions you may have.