Trafford College sport students run away with Gold and Silver at national awards

Trafford College sport students run away with Gold and Silver at national awards

Trafford College student, Anne Chinoy, has been crowned national winner of the first virtual AoC Sport Fitness Trainer Competition, sponsored by Active IQ.

Anne, who recently decided on a career change at the age of 47 and completed her Level 3 Personal Trainer with the College, is a dedicated personal trainer specialising in running and injury prevention for runners. She now manages her own personal training business Run PT.

Finishing in second place was Hazel Madoc-Sutton, also from Trafford College. Anne said: “I was launching my Run PT business just before lockdown began, and without this competition to keep me focused, I would probably have put everything on hold.

“Thanks to the competition, I have been inspired to adapt my business to fit with current guidelines and have launched a new ‘5K improvers course’ featuring weekly Zoom sessions, and socially distanced outdoor interval training for groups of up to 5.”

Head Judge Karen Stanton said: “The trophy really could have gone to anyone in the group such was the outstanding cohort of competitors in this unusual year. However, right from the start with the submission of creative and concise plans, Anne started strongly and her performance across all the elements was very consistent.

“Anne showed she really knows what her clients want and built a business to answer those needs with every aspect considered. She is an absolute professional and I wish her the best for what is bound to be a very bright future indeed.”

The finals took place from 17 to 23 October, with 10 finalists completing a variety of tasks which were assessed by an expert team of judges against a set assessment criteria.

AoC Sport were one of only two skills from the WorldSkills UK competition who were able to move their entire competition digitally and deliver for the whole 2020 cycle, reflecting the shift to online exercise during lockdown to allow the next generation of personal trainers to compete and showcase their talent.