AUT has been awarded for its significant contribution to the exercise profession and for being the largest provider of graduates to the fitness industry at the 2013 New Zealand Fitness Awards.
AUT picked up the New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals Award for Contribution to Professionalism and Standards.
Comments from registered exercise professionals (REPs) which led to the win said that AUT University has continuously stood out in its support for the development and growth of exercise professionals and as the largest provider of graduates to the fitness professionals industry.
AUT was also praised for providing “invaluable support” through partnering with Exercise New Zealand to host the national FitEx Conference to give quality professional development for exercise professionals and facilities from around the country, for registering its exercise facilities as REPs Registered Exercise Facilities since the inception of REPs, for supporting the current review of the REPs pre-screening form and guide by providing professional input and technical advice to the expert panel, and for recent work as an active member of the national qualification review (TRoQ) to raise the standards of education of exercise professionals.
Other winners were Brent Edwards for Group Exercise – Freestyle Instructor of the Year, Alison Sandquist for Gym Instructor of the Year, and Toni Clough for Outstanding Club Support.
A full list of winners can be found attached and at www.fitnessindustryawards.co.nz.
The 2013 Awards had 20 categories, looking at both individuals and facilities that operate in the fitness/exercise industry. There were more than 300 entrants this year, a record number since the awards inception in 2005.