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Gabriel Saez Presented with the 2016 European Club Leadership Award

Gabriel Saez, chairman and CEO of Ingesport/GO FIT, is the recipient of IHRSA’s 2016 European Club Leadership Award. The award was presented on Monday, October 17, in Seville, Spain during the association’s 16th Annual European Congress

The European Club Leadership Award annually recognizes the person who has done the most to advance his or her company and the industry through strong leadership and performance.

A long-time member of IHRSA, Saez founded his company in 2009 at the height of the global economic recession. Since then, the company has grown to 14 clubs, with four more under construction, and serves 180,000 members.

When presenting the award, Rasmus Ingerslev, chairperson of the IHRSA Board of Directors, noted that more than 20,000 children are served by Saez’s clubs through family and school programs.

“Children are the future—a fact that is not lost on Gabriel. He believes that the earlier we encourage children to be active, the better our chances of creating a healthier world,” said Ingerslev.

Gabriel helped create a national federation, Spain Active, bringing together the Spanish industry. The goal of the organization is to influence the government to support policies that encourage healthy lifestyles.

“It is a pleasure to present the 2016 IHRSA European Club Leadership Award to Gabriel Saez,” said Ingerslev.

The IHRSA awards program seeks to “recognize, celebrate, and inspire.” Visit our awards page for more information about IHRSA’s annual industry awards, including prior recipients and open applications.