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Wellington Proves Tops In NZ Fitness Awards

Wellington Proves Tops In NZ Fitness Awards

The Wellington fitness industry has proven to be among the best in the country, with Bodyworks and personal fitness trainer Mish McCormack taking out top honours in the annual Fitness Life Awards.

At a ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency in Auckland, Bodyworks Wellington was named NZ Overall Winner of the NZ Fitness Centre of the Year Award, while personal trainer Mish McCormack also based in the city, was named NZ Overall Personal Trainer of the Year.
The panel of judges in the Fitness Life Awards 2006 included senior lecturer in exercise science at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Nigel Harris, broadcaster and former television exercise instructor, Suzy Clarkson (nee Aiken) champion multisport athlete Steve Gurney, and head judge Wendy Sweet. Sweet founded club-based personal training in New Zealand, and is a board member of the industry’s registration organisation REPs.

Sweet, said Bodyworks Wellington is an outstanding fitness business that works hard at understanding the true needs of its members and delivering products and services to meet those requirements.

“They understand that as motivators, staff and trainers are their most valuable asset. Bodyworks is seen by the community as a gym that really cares about helping people to achieve their fitness goals,” Wendy said.

“Equally, Mish McCormack has reached out from her role at Les Mills Wellington and is making a difference to the lives of many people in the community where fitness education is needed most.

“Mish’s long-term commitment to helping people change their lifestyles made her the stand-out winner of the Award. Her work in the gym, the community and the corporate sector, along with her personal and professional achievements, clearly put her ahead of the rest.”

The Fitness Life Awards, coordinated by Fitness Life magazine and endorsed by Fitness New Zealand, acknowledge the country’s top personal trainers, fitness and gym instructors, and fitness centres, as well as those who have made substantial contributions to community wellness.

Entrants in the 24 awards included a broad range of fitness centres, trainers and consultants.

Fitness Life publisher, Tania Greig, said the Awards, sponsored by Powerade, SunLatte, Health + Fitness Expo, NZSI, Leisureworld, AUT University and Musashi, are considered to be the benchmark for excellence within the close-knit and fast growing fitness industry.

“The health and fitness industry is one of New Zealand’s top industries, employing more than 5,000 staff throughout the country, and has an annual turnover of approximately $220 million,” she said.

“More than 400,000 people or 10.4% of New Zealanders belong to a health and fitness centre - the seventh highest rate in the world percentage wise.

“The Awards are a way of recognising those who have set high standards and consistently achieve them. They also acknowledge the time and effort individuals and organisations put into improving public health and fitness, and developing the industry as a whole. New Zealand is a world leader in terms of fitness industry developments.”

Tania said she is delighted with the standard of the Awards, and with the example that the winners set within the industry.

Her magazine, Fitness Life, founded in 2001, is now the top-selling fitness title in New Zealand, with a circulation base of 23,000 throughout New Zealand and Australia. The magazine has also recently secured distribution in Woolworths supermarkets across Australia.

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For further information:

Christine Meads
M: 027 294 0823
E: Christine.meads@xtra.co.nz


List of Winners - Fitness Life Awards 2006

SUN LATTE Contribution to the Community Excellence Award, North Island Fitness Life Awards 2006
Winner: Abraham Pardo, Glenfield

SUN LATTE Contribution to the Community Excellence Award, South Island Fitness Life Awards 2006
Winner: Andrew Su’a of Les Mills, Dunedin

Fitness Life Membership Sales Consultant of the Year Award, Fitness Life Awards 2006
Winner: Tula Androutsos of Les Mills on the Terrace, Wellington

AUT NZ Gym Instructor of the Year Award, Fitness Life Awards 2006
Runner Up: Antonio King of Club Physical, Te Atatu

AUT NZ Gym Instructor of the Year Award, Fitness Life Awards 2006
Winner: Leslie Tuilaepa of Manurewa Fitness Centre, Auckland

HEALTH + FITNESS EXPO Group Fitness Instructor of the Year Award, North Island Fitness Life Awards 2006
Winner: Julie Woodworth of Y-Fitness Massey, Auckland

HEALTH + FITNESS EXPO Group Fitness Instructor of the Year Award, South Island Fitness Life Awards 2006
Runner Up: Andrew Su’a of Les Mills, Dunedin

HEALTH + FITNESS EXPO Group Fitness Instructor of the Year Award, South Island Fitness Life Awards 2006
And
HEALTH + FITNESS EXPO Group Fitness Instructor of the Year Award, NZ Overall Fitness Life Awards 2006
Winner: Bevan James Eyles of Les Mills, Christchurch

LEISUREWORLD Up and Coming Personal Trainer of the Year Award, North Island Fitness Life Awards 2006
Winner: Jodie Carter of Club Physical, Te Atatu and New Lynn and Jose Thomas of Hyatt Fitness and Spa, Auckland

LEISUREWORLD Up and Coming Personal Trainer of the Year Award, South Island Fitness Life Awards 2006
Winner: Verban Elkington, Picton

Fitness Life Personal Trainer of the Year, South Island, Fitness Life Awards 2006
Runner Up: Jean Scott of Les Mills, Christchurch

Fitness Life Personal Trainer of the Year, South Island, Fitness Life Awards 2006
Winner: Mike McCauley, Christchurch

Fitness Life Personal Trainer of the Year, North Island, Fitness Life Awards
Runner Up: Jay Harrison of Performance Training, Takapuna

Fitness Life Personal Trainer of the Year, North Island, Fitness Life Awards 2006
And
Fitness Life Personal Trainer of the Year, NZ Overall, Fitness Life Awards 2006
Winner: Mish McCormack, Wellington

POWERADE Fitness Centre of the Year, Under 750 members North Island, Fitness Life Awards 2006
And
POWERADE Fitness Centre of the Year, Under 750 members NZ Overall, Fitness Life Awards 2006
Winner: Club Physical Express, Auckland
Mike Ironside, Manager

POWERADE Fitness Centre of the Year, Under 750 members South Island, Fitness Life Awards 2006
Winner: Contours Papanui
Sarah Catherwood, Manager
and the Heritage Health Club, Christchurch
Stephen Gacsal, Manager

POWERADE Fitness Centre of the Year, Over 750 members South Island,
Fitness Life Awards 2006
Winner: Devine Fitness, Nelson
Louise and Geoff Devine, Managers

POWERADE Fitness Centre of the Year, Over 750 members North Island,
Fitness Life Awards 2006
And
NZ Overall winner, POWERADE NZ Fitness Centre of the Year Award, Fitness Life Awards 2006
Winner: BodyWorks Wellington
Chris McNay, Manager


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