Christchurch fitness manager named Skills Active Apprentice of the Year

October 29, 2018

Skills Active is excited to announce that its Apprentice of the Year for 2018 is CityFitness regional director of fitness, Mark Hurdle!

Each year this award recognises an outstanding apprentice who represents all the qualities that Skills Active hopes to see in the people who undertake its qualifications.

The sport, exercise, recreation and performing arts industries touch the lives of all New Zealanders - making this country a healthier, happier place through physical activity and recreation, says Skills Active acting chief executive Leona van der Heyden.

“Therefore, lots of highly-skilled professionals with passion, commitment, drive and empathy are needed - and Mark has all of those traits!”

Mark makes the most of every minute that he’s got, in work and in his personal life, to live up to his values and his goals, and to influence as many people as he can to make a positive difference in the lives of Kiwis, Ms van der Heyden says.

“He has an infectious enthusiasm about the physical, mental and emotional benefits of exercise. He believes in the power of fitness to give people a sense of balance and wellbeing, and he’s using his considerable skills and expertise to spread that message far and wide.”

Mark says he took on the apprenticeship with the goal of growing his management skill set.

“I had no formal training or education around managing people so I was just going with my gut… Here was a chance to validate what I was doing. Managing people is a huge part of my career, so the apprenticeship was perfect for me to fine-tune my skills.”

Mark accepted his award at the New Zealand Recreation Association awards evening at the Auckland Museum last week.

You can read all about his apprenticeship journey – including how he went from having zero to two children, while in the midst of his studies – here.


Media contact for Skills Active

Esther McLaren

021 195 5127

About Skills Active

Skills Active Aotearoa is the industry training organisation for sport, recreation, aquatics, exercise, snowsport and performing arts. We are a non-profit organisation, funded by government to promote careers and workforce development in our industries, work with them to create world-class qualifications, and support workplaces to train staff.