Personal trainer in national finals of Skills Show 2017

A talented young athlete has won through to the national finals of a competition to find the best personal trainer in the country.

Harrison Fernandez, who trained at Cambridge Regional College, will be competing at the Skills Show 2017 when the country’s top young fitness trainers will be pitted against each other.

The annual careers and skills event, which showcases students’ skills in three days of competitions from construction to computing, attracts around 100,000 visitors to the NEC in Birmingham each year.

Harrison, 19, who studied on a Level 3 Sport Studies course at CRC, followed by a six-month Personal Trainer course at the college, works at Haverhill gym Real Bodies, and is a talented parkour and freerunning practitioner.

He won through to the final after competing in one of a series of regional competitions – which the judges said produced the highest standard of competitor in the competition’s history.

His tutor, Cathy Watts, said he had been an outstanding student.

“It is a fantastic achievement to reach the finals of the Skills Show and we are absolutely delighted that Harrison is doing so well. He is a very talented athlete and very good at inspiring people as a personal trainer. It’s great to see him putting everything he has learned into practice and we wish him the very best of luck in the competition,” she said.

Harrison has also been invited to take part in a showcase event at the Skills Show to demonstrate the skills needed to be a great personal trainer. During the competition, he and the other seven finalists will have their training methods rigorously assessed by the judges, with the winner announced at a gala dinner on the last night of the show on 18 November.

The Skills Show, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 16 to 18 November, is the nation’s largest skills and careers event and is part of WorldSkills UK, with competition winners having the chance to compete on a global stage in the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world.

For more information, please contact Lynn O’Shea, Cambridge Regional College Press Officer, on 01223 418773 or email


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