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Fitness fanatic wins regional competition

June 13, 2014

A student from West Cheshire College is jumping for joy, after winning the CYQ Fitness Instructor of the Year Regional Finals. 

Gareth Jones, 24, from Ellesmere Port, who is currently studying a CYQ Certificate in Fitness Instructing at the College, won the gym-based category and will now compete at the National Finals in May.

After deciding to make a complete career change and pursue his passion for fitness, Gareth started the part-time course so he could eventually become a Personal Trainer.

Gareth said: “The competition was a great experience and it’s such a big achievement for me to win.

“I have always been interested in keeping fit and have wanted to be a Personal Trainer for some time.

“The course has definitely put me on the right path and has given me the knowledge to hopefully secure a job in the future.”

The event saw Gareth present a personal statement to the judges as well as completing an online test as part of the initial assessment stage.

The second phase of the competition challenged him to produce a tailored training programme and showcase it in front of the judges.

Sharon Penrhyn-Jones, CYQ Commercial Qualification Leader at West Cheshire College, said: “Gareth worked extremely hard to prepare for the competition and really deserved to win.

“There were a variety of North West colleges competing, so for him to win is a massive achievement.”

Gareth has now set his sights on the national finals on 1st May 2014 at St George’s Park, Birmingham. Tutor Sharon Penrhyn-Jones will also take part in the event, after being selected to judge the competition.

If you are aged 19 and over, West Cheshire College can help you to build your skills, get you that promotion or new job with a range of flexible and part-time courses. For more information regarding courses starting now, call the College hotline on 01244 656555 or visit

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