Hopping on the marriage treadmill

04:32, Jan 13 2014
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Down the aisle: The sight of Mid Thomas and her mother Wendy on their way to Saturday’s wedding ceremony was a welcome distraction for those sweating it out on the exercise bikes.
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Symbols of love: Rhys Thomas paints circle and ring symbols on the hands of Te Maru Mangi and Va'aitino Baker. All the guests were daubed with colours to ‘‘connect them to the wedding, and as part of my philosophy that everyone should get the chance to fulfil their potential and shine,’’ bride Mid
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I DO: Peter Savelio and Mid Thomas exchange vows.

Gym classes get the blood pumping but Kamiria ''Mid'' Thomas' heart was racing for a different reason at Les Mills Hutt City on Saturday.

The fitness centre manager married her sweetheart of 20 years, Peter Savelio, in front of more than 300 family, friends and fellow fitness fanatics.

A hands-free microphones Mid is used to wearing as an instructor and as a former national training manager came in handy as she swapped vows - everyone in the packed and brightly decorated fitness centre could hear what was going on.

Mid said the ceremony and reception ''couldn't have been more perfect''.

It was a highly unusual wedding venue, but Mid said she had found refuge in fitness since she was 15, and had used exercise to build self-esteem and confidence after being abused as a child.

Peter, a rugby player who is also big on training, just wanted Mid to have the big day of her dreams and was happy to go along with walking down the aisle in a fitness centre.

Mid said they first got to know each other at a gym.  Although they had met the night before at a night club, it was so noisy all Peter heard was that she worked at Porirua Fitness Centre and her name was ''Mad''.  

So, he went down to the fitness class she was running the next morning, found out her real name, and they had a proper talk after the work-out. It was all on from then.

Now they have twin daughters, Waiatawhai and Waimarino, 13, who joined family from as far away as England, Samoa and Australia to witness Mid and Peter tying the knot at the weekend.

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