Linda’s top of the fitness pops

ENTHUSIASM: Linda Miratana teaching a class, above, and with her New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards, below.

Lincoln Event Centre fitness instructor Linda Miratana has won two national exercise industry awards.

Ms Miratana, who lives in Lincoln, took out Group Exercise Freestyle Instructor of the Year and the People’s Choice Award at the New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards held recently in Auckland.

As group fitness team leader at the Lincoln Event Centre, Ms Miratana teaches seven group exercise sessions each week including pump and spin classes.

Centre manager Ginny Bowden said Ms Miratana was an absolutely outstanding instructor.

PROUD: Linda Miratana holds her Freestyle Instructor of the Year and People’s Choice awards

“We always knew she was one of the best in New Zealand, now the rest of country knows this too. We are really proud to have a Lincoln local take out these national awards and achieve the recognition she deserves,” Ms Bowden said.

“Linda gets around 50 people attending her pump classes,” Ginny adds. “She creates a real sense of community in her classes.”

Ms Miratana’s daughter flew over from Melbourne to join her at the awards evening. Five women from her classes were also there to support her.

Ms Miratana said she couldn’t have won the awards without the support of those around her.

“It felt very surreal to come away with both awards, and it’s just awesome to bring them back to Selwyn,” she said.

“I had presented at the New Zealand Fitness Conference earlier in the day and so that, along with winning the awards, made for a very special day.”

On top of her fitness instructor work, Ms Miratana also works full time as the assistant manager at the centre.