Personal Trainer finalists announced for WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition 2017

The eight finalists for this year’s WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition have been announced, ahead of The Skills Show in November.

The Level 3 Personal Trainers will now head to Birmingham’s NEC Arena to take part in the showpiece final, where around 100,000 people are expected to attend across the three days.

Over the summer, 40 students from 20 institutions around the country competed in live heats, and following a moderation and quality assurance process, have been whittled down to a final eight by our team of experts.

This year’s finalists are:

  • Bjorn Westman – Exeter College
  • Chelsea Mears-Graham – Trafford College
  • Emma Donald – City of Glasgow College
  • Ethan Gilmore – Coleg Gwent
  • Jessica Leonard – Coleg Gwent
  • Matthew Pippard – City of Glasgow College
  • Rick Raybould – Coleg Gwent
  • Sarah Woodhouse – Loughborough College

Competition manager, Christopher Pitts, said: “The competitors we’ve seen in this year’s competition have been outstanding so far and myself and the judge team are really looking forward to seeing how they tackle the tasks we set at the finals.

“We’re so grateful for the support we receive from our competition stakeholders and are excited about the continued growth and development of this competition.”

The competition, managed by AoC Sport and supported by Active IQ and Future Fit Training, is regulated and powered by WorldSkills UK, which takes a radical approach to hothousing young talent to inspire the next generation and power UK industry post Brexit.

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK added: “Congratulations to all of the finalists who will be competing at this year’s Skills Show.

“WorldSkills UK Competitions are proven to enhance a person’s apprenticeship or training programme by enabling them to develop key character and employability skills. By using knowledge gained from competing nationally and internationally, we know we are working to benchmarks that will equip more young people with the right skills to help UK businesses compete better globally.”

The Skills Show is the UK’s largest apprenticeship, careers and skills event – hosting the National Finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions, bringing together the UK’s leading employers, colleges and training providers and offering thousands of apprenticeship and job opportunities to help young people get the best start in work and life.

Tickets for the show are FREE and can be booked via the WorldSkills UK website.