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.

Greig Rightford – Based in Wellington

Greig has been in the fitness industry since 2003, starting as a gym instructor progressing to being a boxing instructor within the first year. Slowly but surely he built trade as Personal Trainer, becoming Head Impact and Boot Camp Instructor for Les Mills.

Greig works with many physiotherapists, podiatrists, sports doctors and coaches around Wellington helping people recover from injury and gain strength and movement once again.

In 2013 Greig won the NZ Personal Trainer of the Year.

Greig has created The HealthFit Collective, a cohesive team of health and fitness specialists who work together to create training programmes for people that address all their health and fitness issues. Healthfit Collective is opening their first club on Clyde Quay Wharf on Wellington’s beautiful waterfront in September.

“I am an Ambassador because I want to give the knowledge I have back to trainers, knowledge  that I had to gain through hard work, stress and lack of sleep. Established trainers didn’t have time for me when I started out”

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jeanJean Scott – Based in Christchurch

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. For many years she has been a judge for national body sculpting/building competitions and in 2011 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 to an energetic 9 year old which means she understands firsthand the challenges of juggling a family with the demands of a PT career. Jean was a finalist in Lifefitness’ 2013 Personal Trainers to Watch.

“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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hilaryHilary 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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cherCher Hunter – Based in Nelson

Cher is a Personal Trainer, nutritional facilitator, mentor and owner of SomeBody Weigh Better Ltd. Over the past 7 years, she has developed one of the first online food and exercise diaries in New Zealand. Cher works with individuals, the community and corporate New Zealand delivering tailor made programmes, seminars, group fitness sessions and workshops. In 2009 she helped develop, and was the head facilitator to the Active Life Programme servicing people with mental illness in the Canterbury area. In 2008, her company won the Fitness Life South Island Contribution to the community award. With both of her children grown and having left the nest, she and her hubby live in Nelson enjoying the lifestyle the region has to offer.

“I’m an ambassador because I’m passionate about people, I’ve always been a bit of a match-maker so my role helps those that are in our industry share ideas and knowledge and realize we are all on the same team!  Together we can do more for the industry of Fitness and Wellness by empowering those around us and supporting one another as preventative health practitioners! “
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Corinne Austin – Based in Whangarei

Corinne is a two time finalist in the prestigious Fitness New Zealand Awards in the Personal Training 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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Kerry-JohnsonKerry Johnson – Based in North Auckland

With over fifteen years experience in the fitness industry, Kerry has worked in a wide range of fitness and leisure centres in the UK and New Zealand. With experience of being a personal trainer, group fitness & Pilates instructor, studio co-ordinator and club manager Kerry enjoys seeing how the ‘fitness experience’ is evolving and improving health and fitness for all. She teaches group fitness, GRAVITY Programmes and pilates as well as running her own PT business from her home studio and InShape Studio in Whangaparaoa.
She also currently works for HQH Fitness and her role involves providing business solutions for people interested in setting up a new functional fitness studio or gym. She is a Master Trainer in multiple fitness systems, a GRIDX/MAX trainer for the Active Physio Group and ACC, and regularly presents at the annual FitEx conference.

“I am a PTC Ambassador because I am passionate about creating a stronger industry in terms of quality of service for our clients, the general public, greater networking, support, education and up-skilling opportunities for all trainers, more job opportunities and longevity of careers within our amazing fitness & wellness industry.”