Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) Personal Training Programme Manager, Ed Baranowski, has been named as a finalist in the New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards in the Education, Initiative and Community Awards section.
Nominated by his students for Educator of the Year, Ed is a dedicated health and fitness instructor who has been actively involved in sport for many years.
“My career followed my fitness passion, becoming a personal trainer working in gyms to co-owning and operating three successful fitness centres.”
Ed became a tutor as he was looking for a career in the fitness industry and wanted to pass on his knowledge and experiences to other fitness enthusiasts.
“I tutored part time throughout my career lecturing and delivering sport science and sports coaching at tertiary level,” he says.
“I achieved my main ambition working within professional sport as a high performance strength and fitness conditioner, including 20 years within top English premier league football teams.”
Ed also achieved bodybuilding and martial arts titles.
He enjoys working with people who are passionate about health and fitness and is pleased to have been nominated for the award by his personal training students.
“Since my arrival in New Zealand (2007) I have continued this career pathway; periodically working for the Wellington Phoenix, Mainland Football, NZ Men’s U21 National Football plus tutoring within tertiary institutions.”
Ed is the second SIT tutor in the last two years to be nominated and chosen as a finalist. Last year Richard Greer from the Christchurch campus won the same award for his commitment, course content and delivery style.
Designed to recognise those making a contribution to the health and wellness of New Zealanders, the Exercise Industry Awards have become an annual event since their inception in 2005.
Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner and Ceremony on Saturday, November 21.