Questions and Answers

Here is a list of questions that have been asked by potential entrants, along with a brief answer.

Nomination Questions
Q: Can I nominate more than one person/organisation?
A: Yes, you can nominate as many people/organisations as you like.  Just remember to include contact details for the person/organisation you are nominating.
Q: Can I nominate myself?
A: Yes, but you might find it just as easy to enter!
Q: How can I find out if a trainer or facility is registered with REPs?
A: You can search for them on or if you prefer, call REPs on 0800 55 44 99
Q: Do I have to be nominated to enter?
A:  No you don’t.  You can head direct to the entry section and enter your self or your organisation.
Category Related Questions
Q: How long can I have been a PT and still enter the Up and Coming PT category?
A: The Up and Coming PT category is open to any person who at the time of entering has been a PT (either employed or contracted) for less than 2 years (ie up to one year and 364 days).  Trainers that have been a PT (part or full time) for 2 years or more should enter the Personal Trainer category.
Q: How do I enter the Student of the Year Award?
A: This category is by nomination only by registered education providers who are livited to nominate a student studying with them.
Q: What is the difference between Group Exercise and Small Group Training?
  • Group Exercise is instructor lead with a “do as I do” type activity, so everyone does the same thing at the same time, including the instructor who is leading and performing the exercise activity. Most group exercise involves music. E.g Dance style class or a Spin class.
  • Small Group Training involves a small group of individuals following a set series of activities and a structured programme e.g. “boot camp” lead by a Trainer.   Allowances and adaptions may be made for each participant’s ability.  Not all participants do the same thing at the same time, and the Trainer does not normally do all the exercises but might demonstrate them.
Awards Dinner Event Questions
Q: When can I buy tickets for this and how much will they be?
A: Bookings open Midyear. Ticket prices will be announced soon. An early bird rate will be available.
Q: Do I have to be an entrant to attend the Awards dinner/ceremony
A: No, Most attendees are going to see who will win, network with their industry peers and celebrate the industry.
Questions relating to the judging process
Q: What is the Judging Process?
A: The judging process follows a rigorous process at each stage with judging methods depending on the category (may include mystery shopping, video assessments, impartial 3rd party NPS scoring for facility entrants, on-site visits and live assessments (for individuals at the Finalist Stage). Winners in four of the individual categories (Personal Trainer, Up and Coming Personal Trainer, Small Group Trainer and Student) are determined at finalist stage by a live judging event on the Friday prior to the Awards Evening in Auckland at the end of November. The judging panel for the live judging event is made up of industry experts chosen for their skills and experience within the exercise industry.

In the event of any conflict of interest involving applications and judging this is declared to the judging panel and that judge abstains from making decisions related to that particular application. All judges sign a confidentiality agreement. i.e. Any information (including financial and membership figures) disclosed to them during the judging process remains completely confidential.

Our judging team is made up of a range of industry experts overseen by an Awards Manager who manages privacy, consistency in judging and any conflicts of interest.

Click here to see how the judging is undertaken on a category by category basis.

Q. Will I receive feedback on my entry?
A. In 2018 all Stage 2 Entrant and finalists will receive feedback for their entry after the awards.

Due to the high volume of entries at stage one, feedback is not offered for this entry level.

Note: No correspondence is entered into on any feedback or comment made by the judging panel.

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