Award Categories & Criteria

1.  Health and Fitness Product/Service of the Year
This category is open to any health and fitness product or service from a company based in Northern Ireland that supports the industry through innovation and enhancing the needs of its customers and their health and fitness. Please provide details of your product or service and how this has had a positive impact on the industry.

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2. Health and Fitness Class of the Year
This category is open to a health and fitness class that encourages and motivates people to become more active. Do you take a group exercise class that has a positive impact for your clients either mentally and/or physically? Please provide industry qualifications, any client testimonials and include online presence. This category is for indoor, outdoor, large or small classes.

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3. Retailer of the Year
This category is open to any ecommerce or store-based retailer of all sizes in the health and fitness industry that goes above and beyond for its customers. Do you offer exceptional customer service? Do you provide a range of health or fitness products or specialise in one particular area? Please provide details of how you excel in customer care, product range and business success.

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4. Best Corporate Wellness Programme sponsored by Cathedral Eye Clinic
Are you an organisation that leads the way in wellbeing for your employees? Do you encourage your employees to lead a healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally? The winner of this category will demonstrate a complete health and wellbeing strategy. This could be providing gym memberships, activity tracking, team outdoors challenges, healthy eating, cycle to work schemes or mental wellbeing support / facilities.

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5. Health and Fitness Event of the Year
This category recognises an indoor or outdoor event that promotes health, fitness and wellbeing in Northern Ireland. Does your event demonstrate significant positive impact on people’s lives and engage new audiences? Please outline how your event has exceeded expectations, smashed participant targets and describe the impact that this has had on the people of Northern Ireland.

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6. Nutritionist / Dietitian of the Year sponsored by FitFodder.com
This Award is open to any fully qualified Nutritionist or Dietitian from any sector who has made a positive change in the field of food and nutrition. Are you a Nutritionist or Dietitian who is committed to empowering and educating your clients and the public about leading a healthy lifestyle through nutrition? Please also provide evidence of qualifications.

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7. Community Engagement of the Year sponsored by PureGym
This category will recognise a business, school, community group or individual that has gone above and beyond to promote health & fitness for the local community. Please demonstrate how you have gone the extra mile to increase health and fitness awareness in the community and outline how this has had a positive impact.

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8. Health and Fitness Blogger/Influencer of the Year sponsored by BPerfect Cosmetics
This category will recognise an innovative and creative blogger or influencer who consistently encourages their followers to make positive steps to achieve a more healthy and active lifestyle. Please outline how your online presence has had a positive impact for your followers and include audience and engagement statistics. Your online platforms will also be reviewed.

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9. Excellence in Rehabilitation
This category will recognise an individual or facility dedicated to changing lives through rehabilitation. You or your organisation will be required to provide full details of the facilities or services you provide, the type of patients you treat, and the achievements made by yourself, staff and patients.

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10. Yoga or Pilates provider of the Year sponsored by Tony & Jen’s
This category will recognise a studio, teacher or class that goes beyond just a class workout and is dedicated to highlighting the importance of creating a healthy mind and body for their clients. You should demonstrate your success to date, how you encourage and support clients and how you stay ahead of industry trends.

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11. Healthy Food Outlet of the Year sponsored by Linwoods Health food
This category will recognise a Healthy Food Outlet that is continuously advocating a healthy lifestyle. You will demonstrate the range of food and beverages you provide, an innovative menu, exceptional customer service and business success. Please provide any menus, original recipes and if you use local products.

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12. Gym of the Year sponsored by Mervyn Stewart

12.1 Best Gym – Large/Multi Site
This category is open to a large gym (running over multiple sites) that goes above and beyond to provide an exceptional health and fitness service. You could be a local gym running over several sites, or a national gym operating in NI. What makes your gym standout from the crowd? Do you work as a team to provide excellent customer service to your members and clients? Please provide details of all online platforms and what facilities your gym provides.

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12.2 Best Gym – Small/Single Site
This category is open to a small and/or independently run gym (operating from one site only) that goes above and beyond to provide an exceptional health and fitness service. You will probably be an owner managed gym operating on one site. What makes your gym stand out from the crowd? Do you work as a team to provide excellent customer service to your members and clients? Please provide details of all online platforms and what facilities your gym provides.

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12.3 Best Hotel Gym
This category is open to a hotel gym that goes above and beyond to provide an exceptional health and fitness service. What makes your gym standout from the crowd? Do you work as a team to provide excellent customer service to your members and clients? Please provide details of all online platforms and what facilities your gym provides.

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13. Gym Manager of the Year sponsored by Saville Audio Visual
This award will recognise a health and fitness leader who has shown genuine dedication to organisational excellence. Please demonstrate how you have excelled in promoting physical activity, raised standards and best practice and shown leadership within your gym.

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14. Gym Member of the Year sponsored by Crowne Plaza Belfast
This category gives gyms the chance to boast about their members’ achievements. Does your gym have a member who has overcome adversity or achieved a personal goal? You will need to provide details of the original goal, how it was achieved and what role your gym played.

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15. Personal Trainer of the Year sponsored by Gym Co

15.1 Best Male Personal Trainer
This Award will be given to a qualified male fitness professional who has shown huge enthusiasm and determination to improve the health and fitness of his clients. Please demonstrate success to date, how you encourage and support clients and how you stay ahead of industry trends. Please provide evidence of what you have done, goals achieved for clients, professional qualifications and memberships. You must be qualified 12 months or more to enter this category.

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15.2 Best Female Personal Trainer
This Award will be given to a qualified female fitness professional who has shown huge enthusiasm and determination to improve the health and fitness of her clients. Please demonstrate success to date, how you encourage and support clients and how you stay ahead of industry trends. Please provide evidence of what you have done and goals achieved for clients, professional qualifications and memberships. You must be qualified 12 months or more to enter this category.

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15.3 Breakthrough Personal Trainer
This Award will be given to a newly qualified male or female fitness professional who has shown huge enthusiasm and determination to improve the health and fitness of his or her clients. Please demonstrate success to date, how you encourage and support clients and how you stay ahead of industry trends. Please provide evidence of what you have done and goals achieved for clients, professional qualifications and memberships. You must be qualified 12 months or less to enter this category.

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16. Health and Fitness Personality of the Year (non-entry category) sponsored by Centra
This special award will be presented to the fitness professional whom the judges believe has dedicated their working life to the industry and who has, as a result, made a long-term outstanding contribution to the Health & Fitness Industry in Northern Ireland.