Hawke's Bay's Pettigrew Green Arena has been accorded national recognition for the third year running at the annual New Zealand Fitness Industry Awards staged in Auckland.
The Fitness Centre Arena Gym picked up the Horley's Community Award, one of five on offer in the Community and Education Awards section.
It was the second year running the gym at Pettigrew Green had taken the award, although last year it was shared with a Christchurch gym.
The gym was also a finalist in Club of the Year last year, and in 2010 was winner of the Advanced Fitness Marketing Club of the Year, for 501 to 1500 members.
Before a crowd of more than 400 industry professionals, fitness manager Dahl Gurdit-Singh accepted the award and the recognition of the fitness industry.
"We are very pleased we have continued to grow our programmes and that the team's hard work has been acknowledged by the judging panel," Gurdit-Singh said.
The award was based on the success of the health rehabilitation programmes run in conjunction with the Hawke's Bay District Health Board.
Specialists said the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programmes had made a positive impact on the health, along with reduced readmission to hospital, of those who had participated.
"It is extremely unusual for people who have taken part in the programme to be readmitted to hospital, especially when they take up the availability of the ongoing programme and there have been some truly inspirational improvements in the health and physical independence of these clients," the DHB's Clinical Speciality Nurse Sue Ward said.
The judging panel noted how the Arena Gym had continued with its successful provision of programmes that benefited user groups across the wider community.
"A learning facility for local students, an educational and exercise facility for local DHB Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programmes, Arena Gym has recognised the value such community initiatives bring to their local community," the judges said.