Young gym top of the class

Queenstown's Alpine Health and Fitness centre was a winner at the New Zealand Fitness Industry Awards in Auckland on Saturday night.

The youngest gym in the area, opening only three years ago, won its category in club of the year with membership size between 501-1500.

The fitness centre gained honours because more than 90% of its members recommended the gym to outsiders and 90% of staff have stayed since the club opened.

"It is a testimony to an award-winning club," judge Dr Nigel Harris said.

The judges were impressed by the growth of the facility, high visitor numbers and "happy, loyal members".

Communications and business development manager Rachelle Greene said she was thrilled with the award and it was great for the centre to be recognised by the industry only three years in.

"It's absolutely fantastic for us to be competing against gyms from all around the country and to come out with this award. It's great to be recognised by industry standards."