Mission

To improve youth health

Through physical activity focused programmes and by so doing, help more young people to be happier and more resilient, better able to cope with emergencies and illness, to thrive at work, school and in relationships, to make the most of their leisure time and to be part of a strong and connected community.

Principles

1.   Choice

Provide a wide range of physical activity choices and in so doing, champion and nurture diversity,  inclusivity,  equality and equity.

2.   Low-cost options

Employ creative solutions to provide low-cost options.

3.   Excitement 

Some of the greatest challenges being healthy and fit are disinterest and apathy at one end of the spectrum and anxiety and feeling overwhelmed at the other.  We seek to help people feel excited without losing them to fear.

4.   Growth

It’s important to find the positives in people’s current health and fitness status and provide clarity on the path of growth to an even better one.

5.   Community contribution

Provide avenues for people to contribute to the programmes inclusive of a culturally diverse range of end users, teachers, researchers, health and fitness professionals, parents, psychologists etc.

6.   Sharing

Support and encourage the multi-use and sharing of physical activity resources, among family, friends and communities, in order to help give more people more access to exercise and eating well and strengthen communities.

7.   Stay out in front

Leaders in this area need to be adaptable and open to change, thinking in new and unique ways, working with what works yet courageous enough to step into the gaps of where it doesn’t.

Catch Fitness has a strong background in the delivery of education and health and wellness programmes since 2006.   Catch Fitness has…

  • organized some 300 on-going educational workshops for exercise industry professionals in New Zealand, utilizing more than 200 local and international presenters.
  • been a preferred supplier to the Exercise Association of NZ for several years.
  • sat on the Active Canterbury Network as the fitness industry representative alongside The Heart Foundation, District Health Board, YMCA and Council representatives.
  • ran the 20 Week Health Challenge used by over 200 personal trainers and fitness clubs with some 3000 clients for more than 10 years.

Creative Director

Broni (Mac) McSweeney (Cert F.I.T., REPs, LLb)

About us space cadet
  • Owner of Catch Fitness provider of on-going education for exercise professionals.
  • Advisory roles with the NZ Qualification Authority – TRoQ (Targeted Review of Qualifications) board and Active Canterbury Network.
  • Reviewer and auditor of exercise industry educational courses with REPs (The Register of Exercise Professionals).
  • Winner 2011 Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award,  NZ Exercise Industry Awards.  Winner 2010 Lecturer of the Year, NZ Exercise Industry, Finalist Bella Mentor Award, NZ Exercise Industry.
  • Judge at the New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards.
  • 20 years experience in the exercise industry as an educator, trainer, presenter, writer and mentor.
  • Lecturer at AUT (Auckland University of Technology), Tutor at ARA (The Ara Institute of Technology), and the NZ Institute of Sport’s Sportzone.

Team thanks

About us space cadets

This project wouldn’t be rolling out if not for a bunch of clever people who took the time to look at it especially Stephanie Pole, Nadine Milmine, Aron Anderson, Dr Bill Sukala, Daniel Thomson,  Michael O’dea, Andrew Flanagan,  Janet Davies, Emz Courtney and  Aiga ‘AJ‘ Pouoa .

Thanks to those who provided inspiration and support over the years with other Catch Fitness projects that helped us to get here, in particular,  Kris Tynan, Richard Beddie, Stephen Gacsal, Russell Graham, Mike Catton, Carol Hides and the members of the Active Canterbury Network.

Thanks always to my three brothers who have provided me with encouragement, advice and continuous inspiration with their ability to have great careers, family and health.