January 2018 Wellness Champions

January Wellness Champions

Pictured above: Deirdre Coburn (left), Craig & Deirdre Coburn (center), and Craig Coburn (right)

Becoming the Best You

Our January Wellness Champions are husband and wife duo, Craig and Deirdre Coburn. Deirdre works in the School of Graduate Studies as a Graduate Awards Advisor. Craig is a faculty member in the Geography Department. Together these two lead an exemplary life in regards to healthy lifestyle choices.

Both Craig and Deirdre dedicate themselves to being in the gym on average, 5 times a week. They are both members of the University’s Fiat Dux Dragon Boat racing team. They meet twice a week in the summer to practice. Their season typically runs from June – September.

Craig is an avid car racer, which he explained requires a degree of fitness and keeps him out of trouble. Craig is a member of both the Southern Alberta Solosport Club and the Lethbridge Sports Car Club. He shared that he races a 1981 Volvo 242 that he built himself. He has also raced at the Canadian Autocross Nationals, which he thoroughly enjoys. Craig is in the gym at least 5 days a week for an hour session to keep his fitness up. He also enjoys the outdoors and hiking.

Deirdre explained that she has always been a part of the athletic world ever since she was young. As she grew older she wanted to find new athletic challenges to keep her active and healthy. That’s when she discovered the sport of Olympic Lifting. Deirdre has been competing for about the past 5 years now in the Masters category and typically competes in 2-3 competitions per year. She spends 5-6 days a week in the gym practicing her lifting techniques. Deirdre is also involved with the figure skating community. She used to figure skate herself when she was younger and still manages to hit the ice 1-2 times per week. Deirdre mentioned that she likes to contribute back to the skating community and help out the up and coming generation of skaters. She does so by volunteering as a judging official all the way up to the national level. Deirdre travels all over Western Canada to participate as a judge on a regular basis. She typically judges a couple competitions a month. She just recently traveled to Montreal to contribute her time as a judging official for a national level competition.

It is safe to say that these two are an active couple that strive to better themselves on a daily basis. Please help us to congratulate both Craig and Deirdre on living exemplary healthy lifestyles.