Cornwall College’s Louise Wilson wins gold at WorldSkills UK LIVE Fitness Trainer Competition

Louise Wilson of Cornwall College was crowned the WorldSkills UK LIVE Fitness Trainer Competition champion on Saturday night.

Kathryn Hinsley-Jones, from Trafford College, won the silver medal and Kasia Matejko from City of Glasgow College claimed bronze in what was a gruelling three days for all eight competitors.

Stacey Davey from Coleg Gwent, who was awarded the Highly Commended position by the judges, said it was one of the best experiences she has ever had and was proud of winning a highly commended award.

We also saw finals of the Inclusive Competition take place with City of Glasgow College taking gold and Coleg Sir Gar taking the silver. AoC Sport will be growing this competition as a focus area in 2019.

Bronze medallist Kasia said: “What a week it has been – exciting, challenging and also exhausting. It feels amazing being a medallist and representing team Scotland in the competition.”

Finalist Alysia Goodwin, Grimsby Institute of FE & HE said: “What an amazing but stressful past few days this has been. It has been such an amazing experience to compete at the WorldSkills UK Live national finals in Birmingham. It’s definitely something that I will never forget, and have taken so much from.

“It’s been a pleasure to meet and to compete alongside these amazing personal trainers, and I would like to say well done to all of you.”

The AoC Sport-managed event, which ran from Thursday to Saturday at the NEC in Birmingham, was the culmination of months of competition which saw hundreds of entrants from across the UK whittled down to eight finalists, all of whom have recently completed their Level 3 Fitness Trainer qualification.

The finalists were tested by seven expert judges on a range of skills, vital to succeeding in the industry, such as taking a session with a pre-existing client and compiling assessments with new clients.

Our team of ex-competitors, including Harrison Fernandez and Kate Belcher, delivered group sessions to our eight finalists this year which were amazing to watch.

They also delivered, in partnership with British Rowing, a competition for visitors to get involved in Indoor Rowing. We engaged over 2,500 young people and they rowed a total of 250,000m across the three-day show.

AoC Sport would like to thank our sponsors and partners Active IQ, Matrix Fitness, British Rowing and fibodo for their support in the competition.

Get involved in 2019 now by signing up to our newsletter through Fitnesstrainer_comp@aoc.co.uk with our FREE resource pack being distributed very soon.

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