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40 Under 40 winner of the day: Peter Flynn


South Australian physiotherapist Peter Flynn tends to the muscles of local athletes while also guest lecturing and offering business advice.

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Peter Flynn is the director and co-founder of Physio Fit Adelaide – a physiotherapy clinic that offers a range of services to treat the source of physical pain or injury and prevent it from returning.

Physio Fit Adelaide opened in December 2014 out of a CrossFit gym in the Adelaide CBD.

The aim of the clinic was to offer a combination of manual therapies and functional gym services that accelerated recovery.

But Physio Fit Adelaide became so popular that Flynn and his co-founder Andrew Zacharia moved the business to a bigger facility in Modbury.

This multi-disciplinary complex, where they are now located, features eight consultancy rooms, an on-site rehab gym, and a sport and biomechanics performance lab.

This expansion suited their growing client base, which also required them to create an additional outpost in the suburb of Findon offering physiotherapy, massage and podiatry services.

Flynn completed a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in 2011 from the University of South Australia and graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy two years later.

He then worked as the head strength and conditioning coach at a prominent tennis club in Hanover Germany, but moved back to South Australia to work in a private physiotherapy practice in Unley.

While he directs Physio Fit Adelaide, Flynn also guest lectures at the University of South Australia and works as a physiotherapist for a slate of teams, including the Under 16 South Australian state basketball team, the Ingle Farm Amateur Soccer Club and the Hectorville Football Club.

Flynn is also a business consultant and has helped 22 allied health clinics around Australia grow and improve their healthcare experiences.

In June, Flynn was named in InDaily’s 40 Under 40, which recognises the best and brightest young business people in South Australia.

What is the single most important lesson you have learnt in your business career so far?

Your team and the culture of your team are your single biggest asset and will largely dictate the speed of your growth. As an extension of this, your most important roles as a leader in your team are hiring and supporting your team. Especially in a relatively small team like mine of 25, each new team member can have a large effect on team culture, whether it be positively or negatively.

What do you believe are the strengths of doing business in South Australia?

Having worked as a business mentor to many businesses in other capital cities, the overheads of small business, especially the commercial lease, appear to be much less in South Australia.

South Australians are also very pro-active and value their health, which has encouraged extensive growth in our sector.

What do you believe are the weak points of conducting business in South Australia?

To many young South Australians, Adelaide isn’t the ‘sexiest’ place to live, with many young professionals moving to Melbourne and Sydney for the lifestyle change. This can make hiring and retaining driven young team members a challenge. Therefore focusing on team culture and providing career pathways for growth is essential.

Do you see your future in South Australia? 

Absolutely – we have grown our brand, team and culture here and I couldn’t see myself leaving. Whilst I enjoy travelling and the opportunities that speaking at events affords me, Adelaide will always be my home.

How can the state encourage more of its young leaders to stay?

I believe it’s more up to the person than the state. There are great opportunities here and personally, I love living in Adelaide.

To see the full list of 40 winners go here.

InDaily is profiling each of the winners – go here to read more.

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