TEAM

Honorary Patron

HE Dr. ABDULLA AL KARAM
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority

HONORARY CHAIRPERSON

NASER AL TAMIMI

Chief Executive Officer REPs UAE
Board member UAE WJ Federation, International Judo Federation and UAE National Olympic Committee

AWARDS DIRECTOR

RUTH DICKINSON

Managing Partner FittGROUP Middle East

GUEST JUDGE

Ghazi Al Madani

Sport Tourism Manager, Dubai Sports Council
Chairman of the UAE Table Tennis and Badminton Committee 2015 to date.

Judging Panel

A panel of highly recognized and expert judges, representing the UAE's sports and fitness world will determine the winners of the Teen Sports & Fitness Awards.
The judges will bring their extensive expertise, enthusiasm and knowledge to the judging debate ensuring that the winners are truly outstanding and worthy of receiving an award.
The panel has been carefully selected to ensure the judging process is fair and objective. The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, and to stand aside from deliberations concerning those entries. The integrity of this process lies at the very heart of the Teen Sports & Fitness Awards.

CHAIRPERSON OF THE JUDGING PANEL

APOLLO PERELINI

High Performance Manager at UAE Rugby

Former Samoan Rugby League and Rugby Union professional international player.
Director of Sport at Repton School Dubai
Founder & Director of Coaching at the ‘Apollo Perelini Rugby Skills Academy'

DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON OF THE JUDGING PANEL

Catherine Hanson Farid

Director of REPs UAE

A key figure in the UAE fitness industry since 1995.
UK certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, health and fitness writer, past bodybuilding competitor, winner and judge.
Introduced Les Mills group fitness programmes to the region in 1999 and co-founded the FIT Awards in 2014.

Gillian Pearce

Business Development Director at Schoolscompared.com

Gillian Pearce heads up Business Development at Schoolscompared.com, a site that offers parents an independent, unbiased resource at the key pivot points in their child’s education. As the Business Development Director Gill is not only highly involved in Schoolscompared.com day to day operations, but is passionate about the development of a site that shines a light on excellence in everything from sport, to teaching, to final examination results across UAE schools. Note: Schoolscompared.com is rated a top 3% of sites in the UAE and top 5% globally for the quality and usefulness of its information, and the ease with which it delivers it.

NATHAN BROWN

Director of Aikaro Solutions

Nathan is Director & partner of AIKARO Solutions providing higher educational fitness training courses in the Middle East and North Africa. He was a former 4 X NZ Kickboxing champion & is a qualified Adult in Educational tutor who has been facilitating seminars, bootcamps, fitness training workshops around the world for the past 20 years. He was one of the original Judges for REPs UAE Awards & has been a panel judge for the UAE teen Sports & Fitness Awards for the past 3 years.

Peter Y. Davos

Peter Davos is the Managing Director of Hale Education Group

The leading independent educational consultancy in the GCC, Hale has helped hundreds of students receive admission to 150+ American universities and over 100 Million AED in merit scholarships. Peter holds degrees from Johns Hopkins, Oxford and Harvard.

Catherine Williams

Catherine has been working in fitness in the UAE for over 20 years and is passionate about instilling a healthy, holistic, happy mindset into family life. Her commitment to health and fitness has resulted in her qualifying in a myriad of disciplines from group fitness to female-specialist personal health coaching using well-renowned educational facilities such as Jenny Burrell, YMCA, Merrithew, YMCA and Paul Chek amongst others and she is currently studying a BSc.Hons in Psychology.

Snezhina Petrova

Former elite athlete from Bulgaria and has won numerous national awards during her competing career. Snezhina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elite Sport and a Master’s Degree in Sports Psychology from the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. She is a sports specialist, elite coach, teacher and an expert in healthy lifestyle, wellness and fitness for more than 20 years. Snezhina arrived in Dubai December 2000 as an Assistant Manager in one of the biggest fitness centers in Dubai and since then has been organizing after school activities and holiday camps in schools and prime locations. She is a well -known youth swimming coach with proven results.

Simba Chikona

Founder/Performance & Wellness Coach @ Fitness Edge™

Sport and fitness enthusiasts, active and always involved in sport since school. Loves the discipline and competitiveness in sport, and was involved in almost every sport offered. Played at provincial and representative level in rugby.
Still competes in a variety of fitness and sporting events and continues to challenge himself, and loves helping and inspiring others to perform well, staying positive, healthy, active and always reaching new heights

Peter Foley

Managing Director Functional Fitness Supply UAE

Triathlete
With 15 years experience working in the health and fitness business Peter has experience stretching from the UK, Bahrain and the UAE.Peter is now the owner of Functional Fitness Supply one of the fastest emerging fitness equipment and flooring suppliers in the region.

Bianca Hannusch

Bianca is a World Champion and Olympic class trainer, with a unique insight in youth sports at the highest level.
She holds a Masters' degree in sports science and has coached a Rio 2016 Olympic Games gold medallist along with several other elite track and field athletes who participated in Olympic Games from 2008-2016 and achieved multiple medals during national and world championships. Furthermore, she has worked as a fitness trainer and running coach with Bundesliga football teams SV Werder Bremen and Hanover 96.
Bianca also has 8 years sport event and marketing experience and recently worked for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017.

James Pritchard

Strength and conditioning specialist at FittHPC Dubai

Fit Awards 2015 Personal trainer of the year finalist.

Hallvard Borsheim

XDubai and Reebok Mena Athlete

Hallvard is the ultimate super endurance obstacle course athlete, representing X Dubai around the globe in the world’s top competitions.
Racing the steep mountainsides of Norway and competing as a cross country skier from only 8 years old, conditioned him to ace every obstacle course in the region with Spartan Race, Desert Warrior and Wadi Adventure Race.

Andrew Cook

Director of Trans World Educational Experiences, Gulf Youth Sport & The World School Games

Former Professional Footballer.
Under Armour Brand Ambassador.

Umar Hameed

A former Professional Athlete is the Director of Athletes
In School

The UK’s leading provider of Olympic and Paralympic athlete inspirational school visits. Athletes In Schools work with over 150 professional athletes and over 400 British schools a year. They are now operating in the UAE, having recently ran the Great Britain Athletics Academy at Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba.