IHRSA Announces 2019 European Club Leadership Award in Dublin

    Vidmantas Siugzdinis, CEO of Lemon Gym / Impuls in Lithuania, was named the 2019 recipient at the association's 19th Annual European Congress.

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    DUBLIN, Ireland, and BOSTON, MA, USA––October 15, 2019––Vidmantas Siugzdinis, CEO of Lemon Gym / Impuls in Lithuania, is the 2019 recipient of IHRSA’s European Club Leadership Award. The award was presented in Dublin, Ireland, during the association’s 19th Annual European Congress.

    The IHRSA European Club Leadership Award annually recognizes a leader in the European fitness club industry who has advanced their company and the industry through strong leadership and performance and has had a strong impact on their community.

    Vidmantas joined Impuls in 2012, a year after the company was founded with the acquisition of eight full-service clubs. He has since grown the group to 29 clubs by introducing the low-cost Lemon gym brand. With 15 clubs, the Lemon gym chain is the biggest budget chain in the Baltic region.

    “In 2013, Vidmantas was instrumental in creating the Lithuanian Fitness Club Association, which participated in numerous projects aimed at increasing physical activity in schoolchildren as well as adults,” said Anastasia Yusina, member of the IHRSA board of directors, in her award presentation. “In addition, he led Impuls to establish a training provider in response to the need to increase the quality of training in the (Baltic) region. ”

    “Vidmantas has been successful in creating a culture of wellness at Impulse, and as a longtime member of IHRSA has demonstrated a commitment to the success of the company, the staff, and the more than 62,000 club members,” Yusina said.

    The IHRSA Awards Program seeks to “recognize, celebrate, and inspire.” For more information about IHRSA’s annual industry awards, including prior recipients and open applications, visit IHRSA’s website.

    About IHRSA

    The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, racquet and sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion.

    About the IHRSA European Congress

    IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, has been hosting the European Congress for leaders in the European health club industry for the past 19 years. With an average of over 500 of the fitness industry’s business leaders in attendance, the annual IHRSA European Congress offers one of the best networking opportunities for health and fitness club operators in Europe. The event features seminars presented by an array of speakers from within and outside the industry, with a dual focus on improving operational performance and seizing new opportunities.

    The 2019 IHRSA European Congress is sponsored by Advagym/Sony, American Council on Exercise, Core Health and Fitness, Fabiano Designs, Freemotion Fitness, FunXtion International BV, GANTNER Technologies, Gruppo P&G - Fit interiors, GYMIX Radio, Gympass, HydroMassage, Johnson Health Tech. Co., Ltd. / MATRIX FITNESS, Keiser Corporation, Les Mills Shared Services Ltd., Life Fitness, Myzone, NASM / AFFA, Ojmar, Perfect Gym Solutions S.A., Precor, QualiCert - Qualitop International, Technogym SpA, TrainAway, True Fitness, TSG, Virtuagym, Wexer Virtual, and Zumba Fitness LLC.

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    This article was a team effort by several IHRSA experts.