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Sergio Johnson

What course did you complete?

New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise. Diploma 1 and 2 certificates

What attracted you to study at NZIS?

When I was in my last year of school in Timaru, I learnt about NZIS at a careers expo. From there I went online to find out more information and then applied.

How has your course at NZIS helped you?

The tutors were awesome, and there was lots of work experience, practical opportunities, and theory too. All of this gave me value as the trainer I am now.

Where are you working now? And what is your role?

I’m now a coach at F45 Ferrymead. And I also work with Darfield Rugby club as their strength and conditioning coach.

What does your work involve?

Taking group fitness classes of up to 30 members per class, correcting form technique, sharing nutritional advice and recovery tips.

What is the most exciting aspect of your job?

F45 is different every day - creating meaningful relationships with the members and bringing high energy.

How did you feel when you were coming to NZIS? What was campus life like?

It was daunting at the start, as I was relocating to Christchurch. The NZIS camp at the start of my first year of the programme was great, as I managed to meet and make a lot of good friends who have since become a second family.

What were the highlights of your course?

I really enjoyed the sports exchange with the other NZIS campuses around the country. Another highlight was Monday Fitness – where students organise the fitness class, and you have the opportunity to put your learnings into practice.

What is your career goal?

Radiography is my hope. If I don’t get into radiography, I will apply for University of Canterbury and complete my Sport and Recreation degree.

What is one life lesson you learnt during your study and work?

“Don’t expect everything to come to you, take every opportunity you’re given.”