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Armagh-based gyms take top awards at first ever NI Health and Fitness Awards

Armagh City Hotel and Bubba's Project Gym celebrate success

Two Armagh gyms have won prestigious accolades at Northern Ireland’s inaugural Health and Fitness Awards.

Armagh City Hotel Health & Fitness Club was named Best Hotel Gym, sponsored by Mervyn Stewart Ltd, and Bubba’s Project Gym picked up the award for Community Engagement of the Year, sponsored by PureGym.

The prestigious Centra-sponsored event was held in the Crowne Plaza Belfast and 500 guests attended.

There were 20 awards across 16 categories recognising the outstanding commitment and contribution from Northern Ireland’s top health and fitness individuals, companies and community engagement initiatives.

They were independently judged by a highly experienced panel from the health and fitness industry made up of former Ulster, Ireland and British Lions rugby star Stephen Ferris, Centra Ambassador and leading Northern Ireland nutritionist Jane McClenaghan, leading personal trainer Ian Young, fitness blogger Aly Harte and Sunday Life Editor Martin Breen.

Karen Bickerstaff (Operations Director) from category sponsors and official car partner Mervyn Stewart Ltd presents Neil Murray and Tommy Stevenson from Armagh City Hotel Health and Fitness Club with the trophy for Best Hotel Gym

The judges said: “In the competitive world of hotel gym facilities, Armagh City Hotel Health & Fitness Club wowed us with its approach to inclusivity for all members of the community, not just guests and members.

“The Hotel Club stands out from the crowd thanks to its commitment to its local residents, offering specialised sessions from high performance athletes to isolated members of the community.”

Speaking about Bubba’s Project Gym, judges commented: “Bubba has made a huge difference to the lives of people in their local community not only through Bubba’s Project Gym but going out and motivating community groups and classrooms. Bubba really has gone the extra mile in all he does.”

Alan Wilson, Manager of category sponsor Pure Gym, Boucher Road presents Lyndsay and Aiman Ali of Bubba’s Project Gym with their award for Community Engagement of the Year

Sarah Weir, Director of Weir Events and Creator of the Health & Fitness Awards congratulated all the winners.

She said: “The awards have been created to celebrate the achievement and excellence of this incredibly hard-working industry. Despite it being the first year of the awards, we were overwhelmed by the amount and standard of entries received and the independent panel of judges had an extremely hard task of shortlisting.

“I would like to congratulate the finalists, highly commended and winners of each category, all of which should be very proud of the work they are doing and what they have all accomplished.”

Jennifer Morton, Centra Brand Manager, added: “The Health and Fitness Awards sponsored by Centra are a fantastic way to recognise the hard work, passion and dedication of people in the health and fitness industry here.

“We were inundated with entries, and I know the judges were humbled by the stories they read from people dedicated to improving physical and mental health. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners. Keep up the great work you are doing.”

Elsewhere, Craigavon gym Kaizen Strength Training Gym was named Best Small / Single-Site Gym while local personal trainer, Jonathan Pierce from AbDocFitness, was Highly Commended in the Breakthrough Personal Trainer of the Year.

Gym Co at Cityside manager Danielle Steele presents Jonathan Pierce with his highly commended certificate

Picture inset: Karen Bickerstaff (Operations Director) from category sponsors and official car partner Mervyn Stewart Ltd presents Neil Murray and Tommy Stevenson from Armagh City Hotel Health and Fitness Club with the trophy for Best Hotel Gym. Photos by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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