Loughborough and Belfast Met students claim top honours at WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition final

Students from Loughborough College and Belfast Metropolitan College were the big winners as the WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition made its debut at the Skills Show, at Birmingham’s NEC Arena.

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Loughborough’s Terri Musson won the Personal Trainer category, sponsored by Active IQ, while Belfast’s Kaja Choma took gold in the Gym Instructor competition, sponsored by YMCA Awards.

Coleg Gwent student Miyazim Ibryamov won silver in the Personal Trainer category , while last year’s Gym Instructor winner Jack Burbank, who studied at Loughborough College, claimed the bronze.

Rosie Rotheram from Truro and Penwith College took silver in the Gym Instructor competition, with Samantha Laird of City of Glasgow College in third.

More than 90,000 visitors passed through the NEC over the course of the three days, and also had the chance to watch students from the Royal National College for the Blind demonstrate inclusive fitness training sessions on Saturday, alongside demonstrations from Beachbody Live UK.

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Competition Manager, Christopher Pitts, said: “It’s been absolutely amazing being at this year’s Skills Show for the finals of the WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition.

“The 12 finalists competing across the two competitions performed so well in several challenging tasks and demonstrated their skills to over 90,000 visitors across the three days.

“It was a long few days for the competition and judge team, the competitors and their supporters but such a worthwhile experience and it was incredible to see the enthusiasm and professionalism shown by all involved.

“I’m so pleased for all of the competitors who competed and especially for our medalists and overall category winners who we’ll be involving in the future development of the competition.”

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The six Personal Trainer finalists were tasked to put on a session with a pre-existing client, as well as carry out an introductory session with a new client, and demonstrate Technogym’s new Skillmill equipment to the watching audience.

Meanwhile the six Gym Instructor finalists had to carry out a gym session with a new client and put on a group exercise class of their choice.

AoC Sport would like to thank the competition category sponsors Active IQ and YMCA Awards, as well as the Skills Show and WorldSkillsUK.

We would also like to extend our thanks to partners CIMSPA, Beachbody Live UK, GLL, Technogym, and of course our competition judges and our fantastic finalists and their colleges for all their support.

The WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition 2017 launches on Wednesday, with more information on the AoC Sport website.

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