Introducing Your Regional PT Ambassador

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.

They have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share so if you feel they can help you in any way please email them.

jeanJean Scott – Head Ambassador

Jean is one of Christchurch’s best known and most experienced personal trainers. She is a leading group fitness instructor at Les Mills specialising in RPM and Pump and runs her own successful personal training business from her home.

Jean was a finalist in Lifefitness’ 2013 Personal Trainers to Watch and a finalist 2012 in the NEXT women of year ( NZ sports category) . She also won the NZ group fitness instructor of the year in 2011 and won the special REPs award for contribution to professionalism and standards to add to her 2005 Personal Trainer of the year award.

She is also mother which means she understands first-hand the challenges of juggling a family with the demands of a PT career. In her spare time she engages with others by doing charity and voluntary work within her local community.

“My role as a PTC Ambassador is to enhance the lives of the trainers I come into contact with by helping them to recognise opportunity, to empower them to believe in their potential and create a community where leaders share, engage and support each other. My vision for the Canterbury / Westland region of the PTC is to grow the awareness of the PTCouncil by connecting with others and encouraging likeminded professionals to inspire, learn, grow and develop from each other”.

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Vicki Zumbraegel – Based in ChristchurchVicki

Vicki is a Personal Trainer and a Registered Nurse with 33 years of nursing experience. She has a post graduate in Primary Health Care in the community which is perfect for her core business “Pelvic Floor Matters”. She experienced pelvic floor health issues herself which allows her to connect well others on this taboo subject whilst trying to bring this to the forefront of women’s health and wellbeing.

She has been a Personal Trainer for 2 years and from the start of her fitness career she has shown her passion for the industry and has been involved in it even during her training. She has her own home based studio personal training business.  In 2013 and 2014 she was a FitEx finalist for PT student of the year and Up and Coming Personal Trainer.

“I am a PTC Ambassador because I want to be able to help grow the fitness industry. I had the pleasure of being part of the PT council at a very early stage of my PT career and genuinely believe that having support helped me flourish in my business and in the industry. I would like to reach out to the “newbies” and grow and support them too. To show them that is more than a “council”. I love connecting others and sharing resources that will enhance their career and business. Like nursing, I believe that there is a need for professional standards of practice in Personal Training and supporting others to feel comfortable in sharing their experiences and knowledge to grow our community.”

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Hilary Blackstock – Based in New Plymouth


Hilary majored in exercise prescription and management whilst studying for her degree at Otago University. She then went onto a 5 year stint as a fitness instructor at Kawaroa Aquatic Centre at New Plymouth and worked for the Heart Foundation for 2 years before setting up her own personal training business; Body Evolution 4 years ago. She runs her business out of a small studio in New Plymouth and also has two young toddlers that keep her extra busy.

“I am a PTC Ambassador as I believe in the benefits of working together, sharing and getting together as fitness professionals to improve individual trainers, their businesses and the health of our nation”.
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Corinne Austin – Based in Whangarei


Corinne is a two time finalist in the prestigious Fitness New Zealand Awards in the PersonalTraining category.

Following the birth of her two precious girls, Corinne’s passion now lies with helping mums to re-prioritize their health and fitness needs, and allow them to feel happy in their bodies following the life-changing experience of pregnancy, labour and bringing a new child into the world. She thrives on the changes she witnesses in her clients once they re-establish good health and exercise practices.

“I am a PTC Ambassador because I care about making all PTs be the best that they can possibly be so that we can influence and enable our clients to be the best that they can possibly be.”

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Di-LauderDi Lauder – Based in Queenstown

Di is a personal trainer, run coach, NutriFit consultant and occupational therapist. She has worked as a PT for 6 years, predominantly out of her private home studio, but also outdoors with groups in parks. She also has 15 years experience as an occupational therapist specialising in mentoring allied health workers, team leading and providing stress management and effective communication skills programmes.
In 2008 she won Catch Fitness Best New PT and in 2010 Best Female PT.
Di recently moved to Queenstown with her family and enjoys being outside in the fresh air; tramping, biking, running and trying her skills at a very new sport, skiing.
She loves encouraging professional networking, and inspired by the PT industry in CHCH, has established PT network meetings in Queenstown and aims is to develop a proud and strong regional network group.

“I am a PTC ambassador because I want to enhance excellence with professional service delivery to the clients and the wider health and fitness community.

I aim to further develop a strong network of passionate trainers and leaders who will openly support, educate and inspire one another to grow strong industry standards and successful businesses within the Central Otago community”.

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Freya Thomson – Based in Palmerston NorthFreya

“I have been working as a personal trainer for 5 years at the Massey University gym. Over the last few years I have been working with new Sport Exercise graduates to help build up their business and get them started in the profession. Previous to Massey I was working as a PowerPlate trainer which got me interested in training people with degenerative diseases such as MS. I now work with clients with a wide variety of goals and abilities, as well as regular Kick-fit classes. I juggle my work as a trainer with my own training for Muay-Thai which I am a NZ title holder and representative.
I am a PT ambassador because in order to help more of the community I believe trainers need to work together and support each other in their strengths. I cannot change the health within the community without the collective help of the other local trainers.”

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Neisha Brooking  - Based in Bay of PlentyNeishaBrooking_BOP_ProfileImage

After many years of working with people in diverse professional settings Neisha is relatively new to this industry. In need of a new challenge, she studied for her certification in Personal Training in 2012 through Auckland University of Technology and was fortunate to move immediately into the role of Personal Trainer and Assistant Manager at Jetts Fitness Whakatane.  In 2013 she was nominated Assistant Manager of the Year Central Region at the Jetts Fitness New Zealand Awards.  She now coaches clients from her own studio in the sunny Bay of Plenty and runs the business operations and management of the family contracting company that she shares with her partner Craig.  Neisha is passionate about education and the future of Personal Training.  She has represented New Zealand in Judo and Bodybuilding and enjoys sharing her experiences about the benefits of exercise with others.

“I am a PTC Ambassador because I believe it is important for Personal Trainers to maintain professional standards and stay up to date with current practice models. By becoming involved with the PT Council I look forward to establishing a network of like-minded individuals who can empower, educate and support each other in the development and growth of their Personal Training Services and who are committed to maintaining a high standard of professional conduct.”

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Greg Mawson – Based in Hawkes Bay

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Contact email: tbc

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