The founderof the Isle of Man Pilates Studio has been honoured for her ‘Services to Pilates’.

Mo Sherring received the award at the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) 2019 conference, while her protege, 18-year-old Annalee Gibson, was commended as the youngest APPI qualified Pilates instructor in the world.

APPI is said to be a quality standard for Pilates and is a world leading provider of physiotherapy and Pilates treatment, education and products.

It’s programme of rehabilitation-based Pilates is delivered in 22 countries.

Mo said: “The APPI is a sign of excellence and I am proud to be a partner of this award-winning institute”.

‘I was taken aback when they called my name at the conference, but I am truly honoured to be recognised in this way.

‘I am very proud of Annalee too, she’s a credit to herself and the Isle of Man Pilates Studio.’

Annalee first began Pilates lessons with Mo at the age of 13 to progress her dancing career, with the intention to strengthen her core and work on her technique.

Four years later she became APPI qualified.

Annalee said: ‘It’s an honour to be the youngest APPI qualified Pilates instructor in the world and to be commended for this is an incredible feeling.

‘It was a very challenging course which tested both my physical and mental strength, but I am very proud of what I have achieved.

‘I love the discipline of Pilates and teaching others to love it as I do has been even more fulfilling than I imagined.

‘I’ll be forever grateful to Mo as without her patience, skill and confidence in me over the past five years, there is no way I would be where I am now.