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Educator, Community and Delivery Awards
EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR – John Polley (JP)
Judges Comments: An educator that has come in to support and embrace the NZ exercise industry through training and development of professionals beyond the physical aspects of exercise
INNOVATION AWARD – Les Mills The Trip
Sponsored by: Active Management
Judges Comments: The winner showed an understanding that a group exercise experience is not just about health but engagement and excellence. A brand unafraid of innovation and resetting the bar
PROGRAMME EXCELLENCE AWARD – GOLDFIT YMCA Auckland
Judges Comments: If every programme was this successful – NZ would be a lot healthier. The programme had great participant support and showed real care and attention from our winner.
COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE AWARDS – Parkinsons Exercise Class at YMCA Upper Hutt & Tangata Atumotu Trust Physical Activity Classes.
Judges Comments: Both our winners were directed by the needs of a specific part of their community, giving examples of true community outreach, combined with industry standards.
NZ REGISTER OF EXERCISE PROFESSIONALS AWARD – Sport Canterbury for the Live Stronger for Longer
The REPs award is presented to a role model that reflects the ethics and values of exercise professionals/facilities in New Zealand.
REPs Comments: click here to read the full comments.
SKILLS ACTIVE – MANUKURA AWARD – Neil Wagstaff
Manukura is simply translated as a leader or person held in high esteem. A significant aspect, that can’t be simply translated is that to be pronounced a ‘manukura’ requires the support of people around you, and the people you work with. It is a position of mana and a reflection of your work and how you are regarded by those around you.
SKILLS ACTIVE – TE ITI KAHURANGI AWARD – The Achievement Room
Te iti kahurangi is the pursuit of excellence, and is taken from the very famous whakatauki. ‘proverb’ – (Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei) which is… pursue excellence – should you stumble – let it be to a lofty mountain.
GROUP EXERCISE – PRE-CHOREOGRAPHED INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR – Suli Tuitaupe
Sponsored by: OneMusic
Judges Comments: Organised, Prepared, Inspiring, Made the class feel valued
GROUP EXERCISE – OWN CHOREOGRAPHY INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR – Danielle Mather
Sponsored by: My Group Move
Judges Comments: A well rounded planned class with the instructor coaching and teaching
MIND BODY INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR – Justine Hamill
Sponsored by: Courage My Love
Judges Comments: Justine effortlessly integrated philosophy and mindfulness into her teaching in a way that felt relevant and authentic.
SMALL GROUP TRAINER OF THE YEAR – Christie Houghton
Judges Comments: A trainer that is motivating, with excellent rapport, able to think on the spot. Extremely adaptable to the needs of the people she works with.
STUDENT OF THE YEAR – Christopher Treacher
Sponsor: Les Mills New Zealand
Judges Comments: Showed confidence, enthusiasm and rapport, an authentic student.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORT AWARD – Jermaine Robinson
Judges Comments: his time in service and overall passion, vision and heart. Jermaine’s ability to hold multiple positions and deliver them at such a high standard whilst constantly developing himself is truly outstanding.
PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD – Shannon Booth
Sponsored by: LifeFit Heath and Fitness Festival. This award is chosen by popular vote.
UP AND COMING PERSONAL TRAINER OF THE YEAR – Nicci Webb
Judges Comments: A commitment shown to continuing personal and professional development. Nicci is looking at the industry from a very holistic approach.
PERSONAL TRAINER OF THE YEAR – Jessee James
Sponsored by: AUT University
Judges Comments: A 100% genuine trainer that wants her clients to feel successful. Embracing te whare tapawha in all she does.
STUDIO OF THE YEAR – Adapted Yoga and Pilates
Judges Comments: An innovative brand, that supports their members, team and the wider industry
FRANCHISE FACILITY OF THE YEAR – Snap Fitness Papamoa
Judges Comments: A facility that uses the strength of it’s brand combined with a strong community focus.
INDEPENDENT FACILITY OF THE YEAR – Iron Hood Fitness
Sponsored by: Fitnessworks
Judges Comments: Ironhood proves they can maintain a quality offering while still seeking to improve and grow.
CHAIN / GROUP FACILITY OF THE YEAR – CityFitness Hastings
Sponsored by: NRG Fitness Equipment
Judges Comments: With a close competition it was the member’s positive feedback that made this entrant the winner tonight.
SUPREME CLUB OF THE YEAR – Adapted Yoga and Pilates
Judges Comments: A business that truly illustrates what a modern exercise facility looks like. A values based team that adds value to our industry