Name: Linda Kay
Occupation: Mother of 3 and Sears Store Owner
Hometown: Woodstock, Ontario
Family: Married 15 years to my best friend Jim
Biggest physical accomplishment(s) to date: SNKCR 2009 Ride Along Woodstock to Toronto
They don’t call me “Freak” for nothing……
“Get her a membership at the Y…..get her a bike…..and get her registered in as many programs as possible”
Maybe those weren’t my dad’s exact words, but I’ll bet it was pretty close. From the time I was very young, I’ve always had energy to burn. So my mom got me that bike and registered me in swimming, tennis, gymnastics, trampoline and anything else that would bring me home tired at the end of the day. I have gone from competitive gymnastics as a kid, to track and field jock in my teens, to aerobics enthusiast, instructor, PRO Trainer and triathlete beyond my 20’s. Now I teach as many as 6-8 fitness classes per week.
I spent $1,000 on a road bike about 18 years ago – it seemed like a fortune but I looked at it as an investment in my health. Man that bike has seen a lot of miles. Will it take me from Vancouver to Halifax? I’m not sure yet, but I’m hoping to put in lots of training on it. That old girl made it from Woodstock to Toronto last year no problem. I got a few comments from other cyclists about my “vintage ride”, and maybe they think I’m nuts….but I don’t mind. I can keep up, and hey….what a great conversation starter!
As a Can-Fit-Pro PRO Trainer who teaches the Fitness Instructors Course, I often speak to my students about the “Fitness Journey”. We don’t know where the road is going to take us, but we’re sure to meet a whole bunch of great people along the way. Such is the case for me and the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation. I first met this incredible group of people in 2008 when we were asked to host the National Riders for lunch at our Sears Store in Woodstock. So Jim and I bussed in students from 2 local schools and did our best to make the riders feel like rock stars. Then in 2009 I learned that, not only were we going to be a stop again, but a friend and fellow instructor (Laurie VanderHaeghe) was going to be a National Rider. By then Jim and I were already quite committed to this cause, and did our best to support Laurie and Sharon Poole (both from Woodstock). We hosted a Community Pancake Breakfast for the riders and I then joined them in their ride from Woodstock to Toronto. During 2009 Laurie inspired me in ways she will never know, and the children and families we met on the way moved me deeply.
One of the greatest things in this life is to “love your neighbour as yourself”. I have been greatly blessed with personal health and a healthy family. I feel compelled to use my strength to make a difference in the lives of children who are robbed of their childhood because they are fighting for life. They show us the meaning of true faith and strength.
“When you let go of your doubts you also let go of your limitations.”