Your regional PT Ambassadors are all successful personal trainers and fitness professionals.
They are united in their passion to build the personal training business in New Zealand with integrity and credibility which is why they undertake the unremunerated role of being a Regional Ambassador.
The Ambassadors have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share so if you feel they can help you in any way, feel free to contact them through your local Facebook Hub.
Abby Dutton – Head Ambassador – Based in Waikato/Bay of Plenty
REP’s Registered Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor, PT Business Skills
Studio Glow – NZ Exercise Awards 2018 – Studio of the Year
Diploma of Musical Theatre, ARAD, Qualified AJDA Jazz Teacher
Growing up passionate about movement and immersed in everything dance, Abby spent all of her school years preparing and performing for exam and competition work, dreaming of an international performance career.
While travelling and adding experience to her dance CV, Abby also spent 2 years studying Personal Training via distance learning. In 2016, she then settled back home in Hamilton and with her newly acquired fitness qualifications, began combining her passions to build her business, Studio Glow.
Abby is very enthusiastic about becoming an Ambassador for the Waikato/ Bay of Plenty PT Council to help support brand new PT’s and welcome them into a friendly, encouraging community. She aims to build a strong following and an environment that is exciting to experience and feel part of, allowing a warm and friendly hub of learning and connecting.
Amy Jane Roper – Based in Auckland
Amy is the PT Council Ambassador for Auckland and is based in Pokeno. She has been in the fitness industry since 2015, originally running boot camps by the beach and getting her personal trainer certificate in 2017.
This was when she discovered the Personal Trainers Council and, after a few months of battling impostor syndrome, went along to her first meet up. The meeting was so welcoming that she made a decision to attend every month, learning something new and making new connections every time.
At the end of 2019, she made the decision to become an Ambassador for Auckland, with the goal of continuing to support local trainers. Things obviously changed in 2020 however the support has not, there are just extra avenues now.
Amy loves to meet up for coffee one on one in the Franklin region, host larger meetings around Auckland when it’s possible as well as online meetings. Just keep an eye on the Facebook hub for availability.
Laurent Pang – Based in Wellington
Laurent has an interesting background that’s given him a wide appreciation of health and fitness. From being a reckless teenager to burning out as a chef in 2013, to learning discipline in the NZ Army in 2014, to finally learning the importance of a therapeutic relationship from studying health science, massage, and personal training in 2015/2016.
He now owns a studio in Wellington called ONI and facilitates their team of 14 professionals consisting of personal trainers, mobility coaches, sports massage therapists, and nutrition coaches. Laurent uses his personal and coaching experiences to help others make positive change for themselves as well as others.
Laurent is always up for a chat and hopes that the role of ambassador helps him connect to others in the industry.
Gary Szabo – Based in Taranaki
Gary is a qualified, REPs registered Personal Trainer, he runs a small PT Studio called Boot It Taranaki. Specialised in high quality, tailored small group personal training, his gym “the hub” is home to high-intensity circuits, mums and bubs, kettlebells, kids after school/holiday programs, and the list goes on.
He actively competes and teaches martial arts: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA (mixed martial art). He’s been in the martial art scene since 1993, hundreds have been through his self-defence courses, or attended his seminars.
He is a PTC Ambassador because he is truly passionate about getting regular people off their couches and getting them fitter than they ever imagined. He believes if we trainers all work together, we can make a huge difference in the shape of NZ.
Jessee James – Based in Christchurch
While completing her Bachelor of Health Science, Majoring in Sport and Exercise Jessee coached several sports teams, in 2015 officially commencing her career in the fitness industry as a Gym Instructor for Lesmills. Jessee furthered her career in 2016 being appointed as a Personal Trainer for Lesmills Taranaki St, Wellington. Her goal to help people to fall in love with movement and themselves again, saw her launch “Embrace Tinana” in October 2017. Embrace Tinana embodies physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing…HAUORA! ”Believe, Achieve, Succeed” is the motto that underpins her attitude to personal training, which is informed by making exercise accessible to all, providing safe exercise programs in a supportive and motivating environment to assist people to become the best versions of themselves. In 2018 Jessee (Embrace Tinana) settled in Christchurch operating out of the local Lesmills and providing mobile personal training as an additional training option for her clients. Jessee provides a safe atmosphere where everyone feels accepted irrelevant of their body type, goals or exercise experience. To support this, she gives up to date information to inform appropriate and healthy choices to benefit the individual’s health and wellbeing, while unlocking their true potential! Jessee is continuing to provide her services to the Canterbury region as a Personal Trainer and is excited about her appointment as PT Council Ambassador for the region. Jessee believes it is important for trainers to work together to support and guide each other to ensure clients are provided with the best training experiences.
Reign Page – Based in Auckland
Lorraine, also known as “Reign” has worked in the Health & Fitness industry for over 17 years. She absolutely loves what she does – one of her most favourite parts, watching her clients become the best version of themselves. Reign has been into Health & Fitness as long as she can remember, always enjoying being active and as each year passes, being excited to find new and interesting ways to challenge both her mind & my body. She loves being outside in nature, creative gardening, running and hiking and has enjoyed mud runs, obstacle courses and trail running events. Currently Reign is enjoying the Strength & Beauty of Pole Fitness which she finds challenges her body in so many ways. She enjoys talking to and helping out PT’s where she can in this competitive industry and is looking forward to helping them to be the very best they can be. She really wishes she had this offered to her when she first started out in the industry as it can be a competitive & ruthless business at times. Networking with like minded individuals & teams is something she is really keen to do to.
Rick Gutzewitz – Based in Queenstown
Rick is a 5th generation born and bred Queenstown local. His background has always been with nature and the outdoor sporting activities associated with it. He acquired his personal training qualification back in 2016 and has been active in the community since, educating people around physical and mental wellbeing. With his unique way of holistic training, he considers his ‘job title’ to be that of a movement/wellbeing coach. He is passionate about routine development, myo-fascial engagement and other therapeutic practices such as meditation and breath-work. He also owns and operates a contrast hydro-therapy company, focused around building community connection and self awareness.He considers himself to be an enthusiastic, grounded and approachable person that loves to live in the moment.
Andrew Wilson – Based in Christchurch
When Andrew was 16 his parents gave him a gym membership and help from a personal trainer as a birthday present to help with his rugby. At that stage he didn’t know It would come to be one of the most transformative experiences for his professional career.
His trainer was everything that a good trainer could be and as he grew in fitness and health, he also developed a real passion for the process of growth, challenge, encouragement and community; elements that stem from having a trainer.
Fast forward to 2009 Andrew began his career in the Health and Fitness industry having studied a qualification in Personal Training, and becoming accredited in strength and conditioning. He has really enjoyed the lifestyle afforded to him by being a personal trainer, from working personally chosen hours and operating his own business, to taking on board challenges and forming good working relationships with clients.
It hasn’t been a walk in the park. Anyone running their own business will attest to the stresses of managing multiple administrative components – marketing, taxes, time management, professional development, not to mention communication with 50+ individuals with different levels of requirements and deadlines. Andrew responded enthusiastically to this challenge knowing that it would help myself and others across time.
Fast forward again 10 years to present day, having completed Post Graduate level studies in Accounting, Organisational Development, and Strategic Management. The call of Personal training is still as strong as ever and has integrated his qualifications into a highly effective enterprise of managing a client base, and helping Fitness Professionals get a sense of control and sustainability over their business.
Andrew is dedicated to the PTC in helping Personal Trainers learn, grow and find support in the network that we can create as Fitness Professionals, and he hopes that together with this growth we can contribute fitness and wellness and a sense of community to our surroundings.
Greg Mawson – Based in Hawkes Bay
‘Grego’ brings a unique skill set to his personal trainer/coaching business, He has experience contracting to a gym and also running a private studio. Out of school in ’94 he qualified as a professional chef, cooked for over six years before moving into an IT-based career for over 16 years.
During this time he was involved in two IT start-ups and developed the skills required of a personal trainer out of this; sales, patience, coping under pressure and focussing on the end result. He also enjoyed the direct contact with people and realised the value they bring to your life Grego led himself down an unhealthy road where he ended up at 36% body fat and potential liver damage.
After yo-yo-ing for several years, 2007 he decided to change his lifestyle and lost over 30kg’s in 26 weeks which led him to the bodybuilding stage. He has competed 53 times including representing New Zealand Internationally accumulating numerous titles, including Mr. Universe Classic men and gaining his Pro card in 2017 before he retired.
With this complete transformation, friends and family were asking “what’s the secret”. He realised Personal Training was his “calling” so studied hard and qualified as a personal trainer in 2012 and never looked back. Greggo is a PTC Ambassador because he lives by the mantra “You really can have everything in life you want if you’ll just help enough people get what they want”.
By lifting up others you also lift yourself up.
Greggo is passionate about helping people achieve their goals including fellow Personal trainers and those up and coming in study. He is also a “Student for life”, so always study, jump on REPs registered courses and mentorships often.
Greggo enjoys meeting people, networking and keeping myself at the forefront of science and how the health and fitness industry is always in constant change.
Tash Boobyer – Based in Whangarei
Tarsh is the owner operator of a studio on a rural lifestyle block while also taking classes at a local hall, building a great community in Whangarei. After retraining 5 years ago and becoming a qualified trainer in 2015, Tarsh’s thirst for learning and teaching others to love and move their body has only grown. Claiming she was never natural at movement, it wasn’t until she joined a mums and bubs class that she found her love for exercise and because of this, her passion is getting woman started on their journey and finding their fun in movement. As a massage therapist for the past 15 years, Tarsh loves to look at and treat the body as a whole. If you feel better and the body moves better it makes exercise more enjoyable. With 3 kids aged between 5 – 10 whom she supports with their chosen sports, she very much kept on her toes! Being a PT Council Ambassador is important to Tarsh because the reality is, unfortunately people are moving less and health needs to become more of a priority. Working together with other trainers and supporting each other will reach more people and have a healthier Country.
Tash Columbus – Based in Dunedin
Tash’s journey started at Les Mills Dunedin in 2014 where she learnt so much about herself and quickly found her niche.
In 2015 she ran her first free, women-only bootcamp as a way to give back to the community. The bootcamp was a huge success and by 2016, Tash was running four bootcamps, with around 60 members as well as 40+ PT clients per week – however flet limited by space/ time and facilities. That’s when she decided to go out on her own.
In 2017 she opened my own women’s group fitness studio – #TeamTashTraining studio – with two specific goals: to have a genuine impact on as many women as possible and to bring back the personal in group fitness settings. Tash quickly became known and respected for her exceptional service, smart and creative programming, and genuine care for all of the #teamtash members. She is dedicated to encouraging women to be their best in an environment that is unique, diverse, and judgment-free.
Fast forward to today – She has learnt so much over the years and now has a team of outstanding coaches by her side.
Ehara tāku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini.
“My strength is not as an individual, but as a collective.”
Tash truly believes this and as a PT ambassador believes that together we can achieve so much. She believes we should be supporting each other and learning from each other to be the best we can for our clients, – so we can all make a positive lasting impact. Tash looks forward to helping bring us together as a collective.