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Portglenone health and fitness business listed amongst finalists of 2023 Health & Fitness Awards

Joining the judging panel for the 2023 Health and Fitness Awards are Billy Murray and Bubba Ali, pictured with host of the ceremony, Ibe Sesay, event director Sarah Weir and judge Ian Young.

Joining the judging panel for the 2023 Health and Fitness Awards are Billy Murray and Bubba Ali, pictured with host of the ceremony, Ibe Sesay, event director Sarah Weir and judge Ian Young.


A health and fitness business operating in Portglenone has been shortlisted as a finalist for this year’s NI Health & Fitness Awards.


The Awards, which have been running since 2018, are open to any personal trainer, online coach, gym, fitness class, food or clothing retailer, or any health and fitness based business in Northern Ireland, with 21 categories to choose from. This year has experienced a fantastic increase in the number of entries from businesses across the industry.



Sarah Lacey, who runs Nourish & Nurture N.I. has been shortlisted in the Wellness Specialist of the Year category. It comes after Sarah took home the Award for Nutritionist of the Year at the 2022 ceremony.


Returning to the judging panel were online fitness expert and long-standing judge, Ian Young and diabetic muscle and fitness author, podcaster and educator, Phil Graham. To help them whittle down the hundreds of award entries to finalists and winners, the judging panel also welcomed last year’s female personal trainer of the year, Natasha Daryaie, who runs the Gym Guru, East Belfast kick-boxing legend and founder of ProKick Gym and winner of last year’s Outstanding Achiever Award, Billy Murray and four-time Health and Fitness Award winner and owner of Bubba’s Project Gym in Armagh, Bubba Ali.



Commenting on judging the awards, Bubba Ali said:


“It is incredible to see the comeback that gyms and businesses throughout the local health and fitness industry have made in the past year. As judges, it was extremely difficult for us to whittle down the outstanding breadth of talent across the industry in Northern Ireland. We can’t wait to celebrate together at the Awards ceremony later this month.”


Joining the judging panel for the 2023 Health and Fitness Awards are Billy Murray and Bubba Ali, pictured with host of the ceremony, Ibe Sesay, event director Sarah Weir and judge Ian Young.

Nastasha Daryaie also commented:


“As a business owner, these awards have definitely made a huge difference to me in the fitness industry, both in helping me increase my client numbers as well as increasing my expert profile in Northern Ireland. Whether you win or not, it is worth entering and putting your business on the map.”



Sarah Weir, Director at Weir Events which created the Awards added:


“We are delighted to announce the shortlist of our fantastic finalists. Following the success of the Awards in previous years, it is great to see so many entries, particularly for our new categories this year, Wellness Specialist of the Year, Specialist Trainer of the Year, and Health & Fitness Business of the Year. Our expert panel of judges, both old and new, certainly had their work cut out for them when deciding on this year’s winners.”


Ibe Sesay, Q Radio presenter and fitness fanatic will once again oversee proceedings on the night. The Awards event is scheduled for 23 September 2023 at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast.



For more information, visit healthandfitnessni.com.  


Nominations for this year's awards include:


1. Health & Fitness Product of the Year


• Litebite Protein Snacks

• NetworkFit

• Nourish foods

• Slim’s Healthy Kitchen – Retail Meals

• Sweet Robyn’s LTD


2. Health & Fitness Service of the Year


• All Active Pilates and Physio

• ARC Fitness

• Average to Unstoppable

• Well Scar Therapy™️ at North Coast Pilates & Physiotherapy

• NetworkFit

• Nutrition and Co.

• RB Adapted Coaching

• The Mummy Physios at Mid Ulster Pilates



3. Health & Fitness Retailer of the Year


• Raaxo

• Small but Mighty Endurance Foods

• Vocus Vit

4. Best Corporate Wellness Programme

• Fitness Belfast

• GCD Technologies

• Energia Group


5. Wellness Specialist of the Year


• Debbie Anderson Therapies NI

• Debbie Quinn Health and Fitness Coach

• Eclectic

• Embodied Pilates Studio

• Heather Hacking PT

• Intuitive Eating Hub Ltd

• Nourish & Nurture N.I.

• Stacey Murtagh Coaching

• The Green-House Well-being Hub


6. Community Engagement of the Year


• Armagh City Hotel Health and Fitness Club

• MFMA Keady

• WISPA (Women in Sport & Physical Activity)



7. Best Use of Digital Technology


• All Active Pilates and Physio

• Bodyfit Mums

• Fitness Belfast

• NetworkFit

• Nutrition and Co.


8. Excellence in Rehabilitation


• All Active Pilates and Physio

• Armagh City Hotel Health & Fitness Club

• JPSWIM

• JT Physiotherapy and Reformer Pilates

• Mammy Fit by Alice

• North Coast Pilates & Physiotherapy

• Trifecta Physiotherapy & Training


9. Yoga class of the Year


• Bomiso Yoga & Yogatherapy Studio

• Stacey Murtagh Coaching

• The Little Yogi Studio

• Yoga Fit for Sport

• Yoga With Sarah


10. Pilates class of the Year


• All Active Pilates and Physio

• BodyBlitz Pilates

• Fitness Pilates Studios

• Holywood Pilates & Physiotherapy Clinic

• Jill’s Fitness

• North Coast Pilates & Physiotherapy

• Olivia Chada Pelvic Health

• Pilates at Eclectic

• Pulse by Leila

• The Mummy Physios at Mid Ulster Pilates

11. Fitness class of the Year


• All Active Pilates and Physio - Teen Fit

• Armagh City Hotel Health & Fitness Club - Aqua Aerobics

• Bodyfit Mums - Phase 1 Postnatal

• Bodyscape Health Club - Hazel's Bodycombat

• Fit Farm Group Class

• Heather Hacking PT- Circuits and Sauna Evening Sessions

• KB Dance Fitness- DDMIX

• Pulse by Leila

• SHEE Fit- Circuits Class



12. Healthy Food Provider of the Year (sit in or online)


• Litebite Protein Snacks

• LS ACE MEALS.

• Meals by James

• Simply nutrition

• Slim's Healthy Kitchen

• Small but Mighty Endurance Foods


13. Gym of the Year


• Bodyscape Health Club

• Fitness Belfast

• Granite

• Heather Hacking PT

• HOOKED BELFAST

• LS ACE GYMS

• MFMA Keady

• Olympus West Belfast

• PFP

• Sculpture Belfast

• T1 Fitness

• The Menopause Coach

• Think Fit

14. Gym Team of the Year


• Bodyscape Health Club

• MFMA Keady

15. Client / Member Transformation of the Year


• CM Fitness - Kerri Murphy

• Heather Hacking PT - Zoe Rainey

• MFMA Keady - Conor Gribben

• Sculpture Belfast - Tracy Williamson

• Sculpture Belfast - Janet Wilson

• SHEE Fit – Lidia Magliocco

• The Menopause Coach – Nikki Girvan

16. Female Personal Trainer of the Year


• Aly Harte - Aly Harte Fitness

• Chloe Campbell - Coaching with Chloe C

• Chloe McMullan - CM Fitness

• Geraldine McAleenan - The Menopause Coach

• Heather Hacking - Heather Hacking PT

• Nicola Rea - Think Fit

• Rebecca Mullan - Go Fitness

• Sandra Mallon - FIT.FAB.LAB Boutique Fitness Studio


17. Male Personal Trainer of the Year


• Adam Ringland - On The Rise

• Alan Waterman – Phoenix Belfast

• Gary Milligan - Fitness Belfast

• Jake McBride - HOOKED BELFAST

• Mick O’Connell - Hammer Fitness NI

• Robert Stevenson - T1 Fitness

• Ryan Quinn – LS ACE RESULTS

• Scott McGimpsey - Bend, Don’t Break



18. Online Personal Trainer of the Year


• Emma Brooks - Emma Jayne Coaching

• Gary Milligan - Fitness Belfast

• Geraldine McAleenan - The Menopause Coach

• Noel Toman - Evolve Lifestyle And Fitness

19. Specialist Trainer of the Year


• Aimee Oliver - Bodyfit Mums

• Alice Brading - Mammy Fit by Alice

• Geraldine McAleenan - The Menopause Coach

• Johnny Pierce - Built for Better Business

• Olivia Chada - Olivia Chada Pelvic Health Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

• Ryan Bloomer - RB Adapted Coaching

20. Health & Fitness Business of the Year


• All Active Pilates and Physio

• Follow Leisure

• Heather Hacking PT

• Litebite Protein Snacks

• North Coast Pilates & Physiotherapy

• Savage Martial Arts

• Small but Mighty Endurance Foods

• Therapy by Charlotte

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