UAE fitness trailblazer appointed as chair of global exercise body

  • Catherine Hanson-Farid, first lady in 10 years to be appointed chair of the Worldwide Confederation of Registers of Train Professionals (ICREPs), accountable for elevating the bar inside the health trade globally
  • Hanson-Farid can also be Director of Operations for The Register of Train Professionals (REPS) UAE and was not too long ago appointed as Vice Chair of the World Lively Discussion board (WAF)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: One of many UAE’s most outstanding health trade professionals, Catherine Hanson-Farid, has been appointed because the chair of the Worldwide Confederation of Registers of Train Professionals (ICREPs), the primary feminine to carry the place in additional than 10 years, having been voted into the place by representatives from different nationwide health registers. 

The membership-based organisation, which acts because the worldwide partnership for registration our bodies, is accountable for facilitating worldwide portability and recognition of train professionals worldwide and sharing of greatest observe between ICREPs members. The ICREPs International Requirements set a benchmark of teacher competency, which is carried out via every of the members. ICREPs additionally helps the creation of recent nationwide registers and ensures all members implement a Code of Moral Apply.

In her new function, Hanson-Farid can be accountable for guaranteeing members, who span 4 continents and ten international locations and embody 250,000 train professionals, meet worldwide requirements and obtain the advantages {of professional} membership whereas additionally performing as a figurehead for the health trade at a regional and worldwide degree.

“The health trade, each within the UAE and globally, is on a major upward trajectory. A number of components are contributing to this development, together with a inhabitants that’s more and more changing into extra health-conscious. Because of this, we’re seeing elevated demand for certified train professionals who can ship optimum outcomes for his or her purchasers.

“As a part of our function, we guarantee all ICREPs members map their registration course of to international requirements and lift the bar throughout the trade. The chance to work with our members to attain this purpose is one thing I’m extremely keen about, and I look ahead to contributing to driving up requirements throughout all fitness-related disciplines.”

With 37 years of expertise in well being, health and wellness, Hanson-Farid has been a central determine within the UAE trade since 1995. As a UK-certified private coach and group health teacher, she launched Les Mills group health applications to the area in 1999. She went on to ascertain the Register of Train Professionals (REPs) UAE in 2013 with CEO Naser Al Tameemi, the place she stays Director of Operations.

As a part of REPs, she is accountable for all features of the operation, together with day-to-day administration, enterprise growth, membership, compliance, and advertising, whereas collaborating with leaders, operators and educators to create networking and academic occasions, including worth to REPs membership. The crew can also be intently aligned with Dubai and Abu Dhabi Sports activities Councils, the place they work collectively on a number of initiatives. 

Additional underscoring her well being and health credentials, Hanson-Farid was not too long ago appointed as Vice-Chair of the World Lively Discussion board (WAF), a community of nationwide health associations and organisations from around the globe, with a imaginative and prescient to spice up the trade’s visibility – politically, socially and economically – as a necessary service on the subject of public well being and wellbeing.

“The pandemic had an extremely adverse impression on the health trade globally. Nevertheless, we have now bounced again in higher form than earlier than, and our development price, significantly within the UAE, continues to realize tempo. Now greater than ever, it’s essential to keep up the trade’s excessive requirements and guarantee we’re all working towards the widespread purpose of constructing folks fitter and more healthy,” concluded Hanson-Farid.

A previous bodybuilding competitor, winner, decide and well being and health author Hanson-Farid is proactive in utilizing the platform she has been given to assist nurture and help the following era of health professionals. 



 Launched in 2013, REPs UAE is an impartial, public register which recognises the {qualifications} and experience of health professionals within the UAE. REPs present a regulation system for instructors to make sure they meet the well being and health trade’s agreed UAE Health Occupational Requirements.

REPs serve to guard individuals who participate in train and bodily exercise and supply assurance and confidence to the general public and employers that every one professionals on the Register are appropriately certified and have the information, competence and abilities to carry out their roles successfully.

REPs cowl all the principle disciplines in health, together with private coaching, group health, Pilates and Yoga, and work with a variety of employers, coaching suppliers and public our bodies who help its mission.

The register was initiated by the Dubai Sports activities Council and is a part of a world community of health registers working worldwide. REPs UAE is a member of ICREPs, the worldwide confederation for health registers.

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