Supported Athletes

At Fitness New Zealand, we like to support those out there giving it their best. Each year we get a number of sponsorship requests and welcome further partnerships with individuals throughout New Zealand.

Please find the profiles of some of the people we support in New Zealand.

Mel Aitken - WellingtonMel Aitken

Wellington

Outside of work Mel is a competitive distance runner, a hobby she took on later in life. Competing in half and full marathons has given her the opportunity to race around some beautiful parts of the country. Through racing she has also met some incredibly talented people who share her passion for running.

 

Conon Ford

Wellington

My name is Conon Ford and I live in the North Island's trail running capital – Wellington!

Conon Ford

I rediscovered running only 5 years ago, and up until then never had any intention of doing it ‘for fun'. But living right next to the trails and hills of the Belmont Regional Park in Lower Hutt, I quickly found my happy place and started entering some local events.

Fast forward to the present, and I'm just about to sign up for the 102km Tarawera Ultramarathon, having completed several marathon, 50k, 62k and 74k events, as well as having the opportunities to meet a few of the world's elite trail runners.

As I'm also a bit of a perfectionist, I like things to be done well, function correctly and also look good. Whether it's the shoes, the sunglasses or any other equipment I'm using on the day, it has to feel right and do the job. My Garmin Instinct does all that and more. It's tough so it'll handle all the treatment I'm going to give it. And the experience and expertise from Steve at FitnessNZ means if I have any issues at all, they will be taken care of.

I’m looking forward to working with FitnessNZ and Garmin for as long as my legs allow me to do what I love. Being involved in retail myself for over 30 years, experience and service are top priorities. I encourage you to support a local business. Drop into the store, visit the website or just flick them a message.