2023 New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards highlight achievements


Celebrating commitment and excellence, the 2023 New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards have been presented in a heartfelt celebration of the incredible work done by the exercise, fitness and wellness industry.

Hosted by Exercise New Zealand at the AUT City Campus in Auckland last Saturday (25th November), the event spotlighted those who help more people in New Zealand to engage in physical activities and reap the benefits of staying active.

A Reflection of the Industry’s SpectrumCommenting on the awards, ExerciseNZ Chief Executive, Richard Beddie advised “from community initiatives to individual excellence and facility achievements, each category underscores a unique aspect of the exercise sector.

“These awards honour those who have made a significant impact on the lives of many, ensuring that exercise is accessible and enjoyable for all.”

2023 Award Winners

Community AwardLeisurelys

Leadership AwardAbby Strong

Te Piki Oranga AwardWhitirau Cross100

ExerciseNZ AwardPeter Fraser

REPs AwardKirstyn Campbell

A Showcase of Leadership – Educator AwardMish Wright

Te Mahi Ako – Te Iti Kahurangi AwardIndustrial Fitness Queenstown

Te Mahi Ako Manukura AwardJohn Mainu’u

YogaNZ AwardPooja Maddela

Group Exercise Instructor – Own ChoreographyNikki Williams

Group Exercise Instructor – Pre-ChoreographedMarwin Silerio

Yoga Teacher of the YearReha Kumar

Group Trainer of the YearCaren Van Gastel

Student of the YearJacinda Chisholm

Up and Coming Personal Trainer of the YearSaskia Jordan

Personal Trainer of the YearDonna Thomas

Studio Facility of the YearBad Ass Training

Franchise Facility of the YearFlex Fitness Howick

Independent Facility of the YearReDefined WellBeing Hub, Papamoa

Chain Facility of the YearTepid Baths, Auckland

Supreme Facility of the YearReDefined WellBeing Hub

Showcasing Diverse and Inclusive LeadersAmong the standout accolades, Whitirau Cross100 received the Te Piki Oranga Award for their remarkable integration of kaupapa Māori, creating an inclusive space that celebrates cultural richness and encourages holistic wellness.

Jacinda Chisholm, honoured as the Student of the Year, made a significant impact in the industry with her academic excellence and practical application, impressing judges with her adept client engagement and insightful business acumen.

The Supreme Facility of the Year title was awarded to Redefined Wellbeing Hub, recognised for their innovative approach, including their onboarding philosophy enriched with te reo and Māori principles, demonstrating a strong focus on team unity and member experience.

Donna Thomas, awarded as Personal Trainer of the Year, is recognised for her exceptional professionalism and deep client connections. Her approach stood out for incorporating the holistic concept of Te whare tapa whā, emphasising not just physical wellbeing (taha tinana) but also spiritual (taha wairua), mental and emotional (taha hinengaro), and family and social wellbeing (taha whānau).

This comprehensive approach underpins her client-coach relationships, building trust and empowerment.

A Night to RememberThe 2023 Exercise Industry Awards was a night that celebrated not only the winners but the spirit of commitment, innovation, and inclusivity that permeates the exercise industry.

These awards serve as a reminder of the pivotal role exercise plays in enhancing the health and well-being of communities across New Zealand.

Image: Winners at the 2023 New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards (top, credit: Gerard Shacklock Photography), award winner Mish Wright (middle) and the team from New Zealand’s Supreme Facility of the Year, Redefined Wellbeing Hub (below).

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