© Nathan Liewicki
Diane Therrien pumps her muscles on a piece of fitness equipment. On Nov. 3, she will be recognized for her service to the fitness industry with a provincial award from the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.
Awards never come easy, but Diana Therrien is grateful to be on the receiving end of one.
The 17-year fitness studio owner was very surprised to hear that she had won the 2013 Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association’s Fitness Leadership Award. Nearly four years removed from carrying the Olympic torch through Moose Jaw, Therrien told the Times-Herald the only thing she could say after being made aware that she won the award was “wow!”
“It recognizes your involvement in the community and in the province according to what you contribute to the fitness industry,” Therrien said regarding the award.
In addition to owning a ladies fitness studio, Therrien has helped mentor students at Central Collegiate with the basic theory needed to enter the field. Moreover, she coaches and trains a number of other women.
Therrien is still not aware of how many other people were nominated for the award, but said she was grateful for the public recognition.
“It's going to be very rewarding for all of the work I put into this industry,” Therrien noted when she receives the award at the University of Regina on Nov. 3. “Just being around all of the peers I've been with for so many years, going to SaskFit with them and being chosen amongst them is wonderful.
“It's an honour when I look at what some of these people have done in the field, and to know that I've won this award is amazing.”
Although humbled by the award, Therrien thinks she may have been chosen as the award thanks to bringing so many new people into the fitness field.
There were a whole bunch of young women whom I also mentored to get them ready for their aerobic module theory,” she noted.
The celebrating, for now, has not begun. Therrien said she is going to wait until after she officially receives the award to do so.
“I haven’t done any celebrating yet,” Therrien said through laughter. “I’m postponing celebrations indefinitely.”
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