About Nordic Academy

Nordic Academy are Australia's Nordic Walking professionals, being the recognised authority and leading national provider of quality training, equipment, resources and support programs.
Founded in 2005, Nordic Academy is the realisation of a vision by Patrick Burtscher and Maree Farnsworth to share the health benefits and enjoyment of Nordic Walking with as many others as possible.

With a network of professional Instructors all around the country and overseas (New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Fiji & Saudi Arabia), Nordic Academy is now developing and setting the standards for Nordic Walking in Australia as well as globally.

Patrick and Maree are both invited members of the Nordic Walking International Advisory Board, and are highly regarded in the international Nordic Walking circuit.


About the Founders

Maree_Farnsworth_-_Pro_Headshot_1 Maree Farnsworth   linkedin_image

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!"


patrick-portrait Patrick Burtscher    linkedin_image  

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

Nordic Academy has Nordic Walking Instructors and affiliations across the Asia Pacific (New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia & Fiji), as well as the world (Saudi Arabia).

Our training, equipment, systems, programs and reputation are highly regarded and sought after by leading international health professionals and organisations.

International affiliations with other Nordic Walking organisations include Nordic Pole Walking Canada and Nordic Walking US.

For further information about any of our international activities, affiliations or Instructors please contact us: info@nordicacademy.com.au


Nordic Academy in 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 a health or fitness professional, 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!