WIN­NERS AN­NOUNCED

Who’s who of Dubai’s fit­ness world cel­e­brated in glit­ter­ing awards night

Sport360 - - Front Page - By Nick Watkins b @Nick­Watkins_ ✉ nick­[email protected]

Gold’s Gym scooped the cov­eted Fit­ness Brand of the Year gong at last night’s FIT Awards, hosted at the Moven­pick JBR ho­tel. More than 350 peo­ple at­tended the sold­out bash, which cel­e­brates Dubai’s boom­ing fit­ness in­dus­try, with awards handed out for both in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses.

Or­gan­ised by Sport360°, and in part­ner­ship with Skech­ers Per­for­mance, USA Poul­try & Egg, and Illi­nois Soy­bean As­so­ci­a­tion, the event is now in its fifth year and honours the UAE’s top pro­fes­sion­als in the in­dus­try with award cat­e­gories in both health and fit­ness. Kevin Roseano from MMC Sportz said: “As a proud spon­sor of the FIT Awards, US Poul­try stands for a healthy life­style and lean diet, so we’re de­lighted to be in­volved.”

A select judg­ing panel chose the short­lists and win­ners from thou­sands of ap­pli­cants from across the UAE’s fit­ness spec­trum, work­ing in more than 150 venues across the re­gion.

Win­ners on the night in­cluded MEFIT PRO for Fit­ness Train­ing Provider of the Year, UFC Gym scooped the top prize in the Fran­chised Fa­cil­ity of the Year up to 2,000 Mem­bers cat­e­gory and Rite Bite was recog­nised as the re­gion’s Health Food Op­er­a­tor of the Year.

In the in­di­vid­ual award cat­e­gories, gongs were picked up by Paul Thorn­ley for In­struc­tor of the Year – Pi­lates/Yoga/Mind & Body, Matthew Gra­ham for Gen­eral/Club Man­ager of the Year and Ivan Pavlovic, who was recog­nised as the re­gion’s Ris­ing Star of the Year.

The evening kicked off with a black tie re­cep­tion al­low­ing guests to net­work amongst the top per­form­ing fit­ness in­dus­try lead­ers, shortly af­ter Sport360° CEO Steve McLaugh­lin wel­comed at­ten­dees with an open­ing speech.

A gala din­ner and the awards cer­e­mony fol­lowed with an af­ter-party at Lay­ali Lounge to con­clude the evening.

Wil­low Stream Spa and Fit­ness Cen­tre at Fair­mont The Palm took home the award for Best Health Spa of the Year.

col­lect­ing the award spa man­ager Laura Brown said: “We are re­ally sur­prised to have won.

“We’ve put a lot of ef­fort into con­nect­ing the spa and fit­ness cen­tre and it’s good to know that it’s ac­tu­ally work­ing. That was a re­ally tough cat­e­gory so we’re re­ally pleased.”

Tak­ing home the pres­ti­gious Fit­ness Event of the Year was Ul­ti­mate Racenight League spon­sored by New Bal­ance – Ul­ti­mate Ath­let­ics UAE. “We were hop­ing to win but not ex­pect­ing to so I’m re­ally happy,” said founder Lisa Camp­bell. “It’s our first time en­ter­ing so I didn’t know what would hap­pen, but I think the fact we ap­peal to all age groups and that we’ve had in­ter­na­tional ath­letes helped us win it.”

Win­ning smiles: Hun­dreds of fit­ness en­thu­si­asts at­tended the fifth edi­tion of the FIT Awards and saw 20 cat­e­gory win­ners re­vealed.

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