AoC Sport announces semi-finalists in WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition

The semi-finalists of the 2016 WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition have been announced.


The top 12 gym instructors and nine personal trainers have been confirmed following five regional heats, in which 40 gym instructors and 30 PTs took part.

The national semi-finals will take place at Loughborough University in July.

The competitors will be stretched from their sessions at the live heats and the tasks are designed to test their skills with industry in mind. They will be competing for a place at the prestigious UK Finals in November as part of The Skills Show, which will be held at Birmingham’s NEC in front of 100,000 visitors over three days.

Competition Manager, Christopher Pitts, said: “We’ve seen some amazing competitors this year, the best of all four years of competition and the judging team and myself are really excited to see which of these 21 competitors will make it through to the final 14 at The Skills Show.

“It should be a really exciting day of competition.”

The full list of invited competitors is below –
Gym Instructor Competition, sponsored by YMCA Awards

  • Kaja Choma – Belfast Metropolitan College – Northern Ireland
  • Ben Flower – Exeter College – South West
  • Emma Foley – Loughborough College – East Midlands
  • Megan Goodlad – South Tyneside College – North East
  • Callum Harker – Thomas Rotherham College – Yorkshire & the Humber
  • Samantha Laird – City of Glasgow College – Scotland
  • Ai Lin Leow – Loughborough College – East Midlands
  • Kayla Middleton – Fife College – Scotland
  • Mark Nyika – Exeter College – South West
  • Adam Pace – Guernsey College of Further Education – Channel Islands
  • Rosie Rotheram – Truro and Penwith College – South West
  • Sebastian Slee – Exeter College – South West

Personal Trainer Competition, sponsored by Active IQ

  • Jack Burbank – Loughborough College – East Midlands
  • Kaleb Gaal – Exeter College – South West
  • Miyazim Ibryamov – Coleg Gwent – Wales
  • Grant Morris – Hartpury College – South West
  • Terri Musson – Loughborough College – East Midlands
  • Jordan Patchett – Belfast Metropolitan College – Northern Ireland
  • Harry Saunders-Irish – Exeter College – South West
  • Leon Whitehouse – Truro and Penwith College – South West
  • Lyndsay Williams – Preston’s College – North West

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These competitors will all demonstrate their skills on Tuesday 5 July at Loughborough University and be treated to taster courses of professional development during the day, as well as receiving tours of the high performance sporting facilities at the university.

Competitors will find out on the day of the event if they have done enough to earn a place at the UK Finals, but all competitors who attend will receive free CIMSPA Exercise and Fitness Professionals Membership courtesy of CIMSPA, who are the strategic partners of the competition.

Special guests have been invited from high profile organisations within the industry as well as from our sponsors, partners, Loughborough University, principals of competing colleges and WorldSkills UK.

Congratulations to all the semi-finalists and everyone who took part.