2012 Finalists

This is a list of FINALISTS in the 2012 Exercise Industry Awards, listed in random order.    (updated 6 November 2012)

Winners will be announced at the Exercise Industry Awards Dinner on 24 November 2012.

Feedback on entries will be provided to all entrants once the award winners have been announced.  This is expected to be mid December 2012.


Horley’s – Community

  • Activ8 Northland, Whangarei
  • Arena Gym, Napier
  • Fitness Whanau, Wellington

Corporate Initiative

  • Auckland Regional Women’s Correctional Facility, Auckland
  • Activ8 Northland, Whangarei
  • Bene-fit, Auckland

Lecturer of the Year

  • Richard Greer, Christchurch
  • Ruth Naidoo, Auckland

Fitness Mentor

  • Joe Laiman, Auckland
  • Phillipa Batts, Auckland


  • Sue Twomey – New Zealand Competitive Aerobics Federation, Christchurch
  • Fit & Well, Auckland


  • Skills Active Award

  • NZ Register of Exercise Professionals Award

  • Fitness New Zealand Award

Each of these awards are directly given to an individual so there are no finalists in these categories.

Peoples Choice Award

  • Taryn Higgan, Christchurch
  • Laurinda Howarth, Auckland
  • Sonya Robinson, Auckland
  • Di Lauder, Queenstown
  • Richard McKinlay, Dunedin
  • Susan Baxter, Dunedin
  • Mish McCormack, Wellington
  • Cath Gibson, Napier
  • Mike Ansari, Auckland
  • Anna van Gorp, Dunedin
  • James Stewart, Wellington


Group Exercise – Pre-Choreographed

  • Jean Scott, Christchurch
  • Brent Edwards, Auckland
  • Jodie Preston, Auckland
  • Tauvaga Siolo, Auckland

Group Exercise – Freestyle

  • Brent Edwards, Auckland
  • Elly McGuinness, Christchurch
  • Strini Naidoo, Auckland

Small Group Training

  • Carol Cooper, Nelson
  • Susan Birch, Rotorua
  • Ben Whittingham, Whangarei

AUT University – Gym Instructor of the Year

  • Repaio Petero, Auckland
  • Robyn Profitt, Auckland
  • Taryn Higgan, Christchurch
  • Gilly Voss, Auckland
  • Rebecca Jones, Napier

Bella – Outstanding Support

  • Amy McLean, Hamilton
  • Michelle Olds, Auckland
  • Shiree Darroch, Napier
  • Kate Churcher, Auckland

Up and Coming Personal Trainer of the Year

  • Jasmine Wren, Auckland
  • Alice Richards, Dunedin
  • Ginaya Chaston, Christchurch
  • Laurinda Howarth, Auckland

FitnessLife Magazine – Personal Trainer of the Year

  • Karlene Urlich, Auckland
  • Bronwyn Adams-Hooper, Darfield
  • Raewyn Ng, Wellington
  • Stacey Hancock, Hamilton
  • James Stewart, Wellington


APRA/PPNZ – Facility Sight and Sound Award

  • Tepid Baths, Auckland
  • Habit Evans Bay, Wellington

FitnessWorks, Innovation Award

  • Limit Zero, Christchurch
  • cityfitness, Nationwide
  • Les Mills Christchurch, Christchurch
  • Activ8 Northland, Whangarei

Exercise Studio

  • Activ8 Northland, Whangarei
  • Form Fitness, Christchurch,

Club of the Year (under 500 Members)

  • Results Room, Wellington
  • Marina Fitness, Auckland
  • TrueFit, Rotorua
  • Habit Platinum – Viaduct, Auckland
  • Habit Platinum, Wellington

Club of the Year (501-1500 members)

  • Habit Vero, Auckland
  • Contours Papanui, Christchurch
  • Moana-nui-a-kiwa Fitness Centre, Auckland
  • Alpine Health & Fitness, Queenstown
  • Habit Majestic, Wellington
  • 151 Corporate Health Club, Auckland

Precor, Club of the Year (1500+ members)

  • cityfitness – Queen St, Auckland
  • Les Mills Christchurch, Christchurch
  • cityfitness – Newmarket, Auckland

Fitnessworks, Supreme Club of the Year

Made up of the winners from the above four categories.