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Exercise Industry Awards recognise New Zealand’s most energetic professionals
New Zealand’s most fit and energetic professionals were awarded for their efforts in helping motivate people to stay healthy and active at the annual New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards.
Presented on the evening of Saturday 26th November in Auckland, the awards recognise professionals and organisations that have excelled in the fitness industry and demonstrated a notably positive impact on the lives of New Zealanders.
Among the 20 awards presented were the People’s Choice, Personal Trainer of the Year, Community Excellence, Student of the Year and small, medium and large Exercise Facility of the Year.
The highly coveted 2016 Personal Trainer of the Year Award went to Auckland’s Richard Ellis and Renee Riley from Collingwood was awarded Small Group Trainer of the Year.
Linda Miratana from Christchurch was the only individual to receive two awards: Group Exercise Own Choreography Instructor of the Year and the People’s Choice Award.
The South Island fitness industry excelled with eight winners from Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson and Collingwood. Christchurch’s Catherine Grace received the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) Award for her contribution to standards and professionalism.
Grace was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in her 20s and told she would be in a wheelchair by the time she was 40. When she was turned away from mainstream gyms because of her health condition she saw a gap in the market to help people like herself.
Kim Churton also from Christchurch received the Innovation Award for her Kia Kaha Mind and Body programme which addresses the physical, nutritional and psychological aspects of wellness for prison inmates. The programme was first trialled in Christchurch Women’s Prison and has expanded to six programmes catering for women, men and youth.
In her submission for the award Churton said she has witnessed young people become better leaders, women gain confidence and men take a more balanced approach to their fitness as result of the programme. She also stated her desire to further develop the programme, expand to other sectors and take it nation-wide.
The Programme Excellence award went to the Jumpstart Diabetes Programme, a 10 week programme designed to support people with diabetes to make key lifestyle changes which will ultimately enable them to better self-manage their condition and improve their general health.
The Jumpstart programme has supported more than 500 people in 10 communities in Hamilton and Auckland since its inception two years ago.
Potential winners are required to take part in a rigorous three-stage selection process before making it to the finals. Finalist judging procedures include a mystery shopper approach and live judging sessions where participants are judged on how they perform with clients under pressure.
Commenting on the Award, Exercise Association of New Zealand (ExerciseNZ) Chief Executive Richard Beddie says judging gets more difficult each year as the NZ health and fitness industry takes on increased responsibility and strives to come up with new ways of encouraging Kiwis to be more active.
Beddie explained “this year’s award submissions have demonstrated how amazingly passionate and dedicated New Zealand’s exercise professionals are about the wellbeing of others.
“The winners have taken innovative approaches and shown great commitment towards the industry’s common cause of inspiring people to stay healthy and active."
Beddie commended Dr Nigel Harris from Auckland who took out the Exercise Association of New Zealand Award for outstanding contribution to the industry.
Beddie added “Nigel is always supporting the exercise industry in one form or another. He was pivotal in the formation of REPs and its standards and has been a key driver behind these very awards.
“Nigel is highly respected in the academic world and continues to provide valuable strategic guidance to help drive the success of New Zealand’s fitness industry.”
2016 New Zealand Exercise Industry Award winners
• Large Exercise Facility (over 1201 members) sponsored by NRG Fitness – Les Mills New Lynn, Auckland
• Medium Exercise Facility (between 500-1200 members) sponsored by FitnessWorks – Y-Fitness Auckland City
• Small Exercise Facility (under 500 members) – Pumped Personal Training, Christchurch
• Personal Trainer of the Year sponsored by AUT University – Richard Ellis, Auckland
• Up and Coming Personal Trainer of the Year sponsored by CatchFitness – Matt Mckay, Dunedin
• Small Group Trainer of the Year sponsored by FitnessWorks – Renee Riley, Collingwood
• Group Exercise – Mind/Body Instructor of the Year sponsored by Courage My Love – Elena Ogle, Gisborne
• Group Exercise – Own Choreography Instructor of the Year sponsored by OneMusic – Linda Miratana, Christchurch
• Group Exercise – Pre-choreographed Instructor of the Year sponsored by Powermusic – Debbie Callaghan, Nelson
• Outstanding Club Support Award sponsored by Invivo Wines – Shaun Herman, Auckland
• Student of the Year sponsored by Les Mills New Zealand – Shane Way, Wintec
• People’s Choice Award – Linda Miratana, Christchurch
• Educator of the Year sponsored by Austswim Aotearoa – Marietta Mehanni, Melbourne
Programme, Initiative & Community Awards:
• Programme Excellence Award – Jumpstart Diabetes Programme
• Innovation Award – Kia Kaha Mind and Body Health & Wellness Programme
• Community Excellence Award recipients, sponsored by Horleys – YMCA Mt Albert, Yoga by Kotte, Hoop for fitness around NZ, Bay Fitness, YMCA Gisborne, Patu Aotearoa
• ExerciseNZ Award – Dr Nigel Harris
• REPs Award – Catherine Grace
• Skills Active Award, Manukura Award – Julz Darroch
• Skills Active Award, Te Iti Kahurangi Award – YMCA Auckland city
Images: Les Mills New Lynn (top), Richard Beddie (middle) and Dr Nigel Harris (below).
For more information go to www.exerciseindustryawards.co.nz/2016-winners/
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