About Nordic Academy

Nordic Academy is the realisation of a dream by its founders, Patrick Burtscher and Maree Farnsworth, to share the benefits and enjoyment with as many others as possible.

Patrick and Maree were first involved in Nordic Walking during their time living in Austria. They were instant converts and it was not long until they had sought out the best instructors in Europe in which to train under. In 2005 they moved back to Australia promoting and developing Nordic Walking and establishing Nordic Academy Australia.

Years of comittment to quality service and products combined with their dedication to their vision saw their business and reputation grow to the point where Nordic Academy International with divisions in New Zealand and Singapore was founded. 

The heart, soul and focus of Nordic Academy is and will always be the passion for the truly wonderful activity of Nordic walking and the dedication to share its health benefits with others.


Nordic Academy are Australia's Nordic Walking Professionals, providing training and equipment to the health and fitness industries.
Nordic Academy is also the sole representative in the Asia-Pacific region of the independantly administrated international 'Nordic Walking Organisation'.


About the Founders

maree-portrait Maree Farnsworth   

Founder & Managing Director
International Nordic Walking Master Trainer B.App.Sci (Human Movement) - Uni of Ballarat
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Maree has been working in the health and fitness industries for over 20 years. Her experiences have included being manager of a corporate health club, an exercise physiologist at one of Australia's most respected health resorts, co-author of a women's healthy weight loss program, and a team trainer for a corporate development company.

These positions have enabled Maree to consult one on one, present seminars, mentor groups and train other professionals all in order to assist thousands of different people achieve their personal health, fitness and wellbeing goals.

Maree discovered Nordic walking whilst living in Europe and is now passionate about and committed to the promotion and development of this amazing new fitness activity in Australia. "Nordic walking is truly one of the best ways to achieve holistic health - improve fitness, get outdoors, socialise and have fun. I just love it!"


P1120019_E Patrick Burtscher    XING  

Founder & Managing Director
International Nordic Walking Master Trainer
Bachelor of Education
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Diploma in Business
Diploma in Management
Advanced Diploma in Business 

Patrick is a very experienced educator, having worked in different disciplines across different fields of teaching and instruction.  In his home country of Austria he was a school teacher and headmaster, an alpine ski instructor and was a coach of tennis and rock climbing. He is dedicated to and masterful at bringing out the best in people so they can achieve and enjoy the feeling of doing and being their personal best.

Being a bit sceptic at first, once Patrick tried Nordic Walking he became an instant convert – swapping from jogging to Nordic Walking to maintain his own fitness.  “Nordic Walking suits me because I get the fitness benefit without the strain and impact on my joints and ligaments which get aggravated by most other sports.”


Nordic Academy Singapore

Philip_LimPhilip Lim is an experienced sports coach and a qualified Nordic Walking Trainer. Philip did his first training with Nordic Academy in 2008 and has since instructed Nordic Walking and contributed to the development of Nordic Walking in Singapore.

To get in touch with Philip, please email limphilip28@yahoo.com.sg



Our Team

Nordic Academy is in need of excellent people to join their growing team!

If you are an experienced instructor in health, fitness or sports, enjoy the outdoors, love working with people and are keen to be at the forefront of a remarkable industry trend then we'd love to hear from you. Contact Us to find out more!