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More than 450 Attend IHRSA European Congress 

Rene Moos Honored with European Club Leadership Award

More than 450 delegates from 35 countries attended the 12th annual IHRSA European Congress, which concluded on 4 November in Vienna, Austria. Industry federations from across Europe were also represented at the event.

Shaun Smith, Founder and Partner of smith & co in the UK, delivered the keynote address entitled “Bold – How to Be Brave in Business and Win”.

“It was, once again, a very inspiring conference,” commented Johan Vanhoutte of Wave Health & Fitness. “I learned a lot, and accept that we still have a long way to go. Attending the European Congress and belonging to IHRSA strengthens our belief that we can rely on strong shoulders in order to build further on our great story over here in Belgium.”

“We had an amazing time in Vienna. Meeting old and new friends, creating new networks, listening to leaders in our industry and contributing to that industry we are so passionate about,” said Mark de Wit of Optimal Business & Lifestyle in The Netherlands. 

Among the highlights of the event was the presentation of the 2012 IHRSA European Club Leadership Award to Rene Moos, CEO of HealthCity – the largest club operator in Europe. The award recognizes the European club leader who has done the most to advance both their own company and the industry.

Moos, a former national tennis champion in The Netherlands, opened his first tennis club 26 years ago in Hoofddorp, gradually adding fitness into the mix. In 2004, he and partners Dennis Aarts and Eric Wilborts combined their 11 all-inclusive clubs under the name HealthCity, which today includes two brands – HealthCity and Basic-Fit – with a combined 265 facilities in seven countries.

“Rene cares and he shares,” said Rasmus Ingerslev, IHRSA Europe Council Member, in announcing Rene as the winner. “To give an example, he recently conducted a round of interviews with all of his managers to understand not only the numbers but the people in his business.” Ingerslev noted that Moos loves to learn, “which makes him not only inspirational to others, but also a person who continuously seeks inspiration.”

Moos participated in a panel discussion on “Insights on the The European Market: Key Drivers, Statistics, & Trends” (sponsored by Technogym®) along with moderator Hans Muench, IHRSA Europe Director; Ståle Angel, CEO, Elixia Nordic, Norway; and Gabriel Saez, President, Ingesport, Spain.

The Congress also featured a Sponsor Showcase and a tour of some of Vienna’s leading health clubs. 

The 2013 IHRSA European Congress will be held 17-20 October in Madrid, Spain.

The 12th Annual IHRSA European Congress was sponsored by:

aerobis Ltd., American Council on Exercise® (ACE),  Anytime Fitness, LLC, Cybex, Fitness Equipment Depot Worldwide, Fit interiors, Fitness at., GANTNER Electronic GmbH, Johnson Health Tech. Co., Ltd. / MATRIX FITNESS, Keiser Corporation, Kommunicera Communications AB, Les Mills International, mailsetc., milon industries GmbH, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), OJMAR, Perform Better Europe, PLAYOKE GmbH, Polar Electro Oy, Precor, QualiCert - Qualitop International, Slim Belly, Star Trac UK LTD, Technogym SpA, Twid Oy, Vicore Fitness, X-Force AB and Zumba Fitness LLC.  

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and fitness promotion. IHRSA and the health club industry will convene in Las Vegas, NV from March 19-22, 2013 for IHRSA’s 32nd Annual Convention & Trade Show.


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