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Fitness Trainer Competition winners announced for 2021

26 November 2021

FTC National Winner 2021

The medallists from the World Skills UK Fitness Trainer Competition were revealed at a special virtual ceremony on 26 November.

The live ceremony was hosted by Channel 4’s Steph McGovern and the gold, silver and bronze medallists were announced in each of the different categories.

The national winner of the 2021 Fitness Trainer Competition, sponsored by Active IQ, was Rhys Edmunds from Coleg Gwent.

Rhys performed well throughout the stages of competition and provided the judging team with some very memorable and exciting sessions. He brings passion, personality and creativity to his craft and has recently started his career as a Personal Trainer after completing his Level 3 Personal Trainer with Coleg Gwent.

The silver medal was given to Anna Crowley of City of Glasgow College and, for the first time in the competition’s history, a joint bronze medal was awarded to Coleg Gwent’s Shannon Greenway and Tyne Coast College’s Matty Ferguson.

The competition was one of the closest in recent years and reflects how well the finalists adapted and coped with the different scenarios.

Jenni Waddington from Cheshire College South & West was highly commended for her efforts, while Jamie Tawse of City of Glasgow College scooped the judge’s award.


The Fitness Trainer finals took place face-to-face for the first time since 2019 at Loughborough College.

Eight competitors from across the UK came together for two days and were assessed on elements such as taking a personal trainer session, demonstrating exercises, completing an industry-based interview, fitness testing, small group classes and more.

On top of this, competitors were interviewed by our headline sponsor Active IQ and involved in various promotional activities and personal development opportunities throughout the competition.