Joan is known for his runs back and forth between home and work—a half-marathon every day—no matter the season. As a runner, his achievements include two wins in Quebec, three podium finishes at 100-Mile races in the United States, and a 10th place finish in the Caribbean. This ultra-marathoner has now set his sights on the Mont-Blanc Ultra-Trail and La Diagonale des fous de la Réunion, two formidable 165 km races. He is also getting ready to run the 250 km between Quebec City and Montreal.
His vision of an active life: “The adventure begins the moment you set foot outside.”
In addition to holding a Master’s degree in project management and teaching yoga, Catherine is a kitesurfer. She has been involved in the sport full-time since January 2013, focusing all of her effort into gaining ground and getting better, at both the national and international levels.
Her vision of an active life: “Have a vision, and work towards making it happen every day. Visualize your goal, your destination, and appreciate each moment you spend getting there.”
Karim El Hlimi
Karim is an athlete who has been specializing in CrossFit since 2011. He is also a trainer, a fitness correspondent for the Global network, and a former university professor who is now working in the field. This summer, he will be making his way to the CrossFit Games in California for the first time, where he and his team will represent Quebec and Canada.
His vision of an active life: “It’s a way of thinking, approaching people, eating, speaking, laughing—in other words, a way of living. To me, it’s also one of the most powerful learning mechanisms that can influence a human being.”
Grace has been practicing yoga since 2002, and teaching since 2006. While trained and experienced in a number of styles, her teaching is rooted in a deep personal exploration of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system. The physical practices of yoga are a gateway, not an end in themselves. An individual's journey inward must ultimately lead back outward, to engagement with the community. This growing realization has inspired her to deepen her commitment to development projects, both locally and abroad.
Her vision of an active life: “Active living is my approach to life. It’s about being fully present, mindful in everything I do. More than making physical activity a part of my life, it is about establishing a connection between body and mind, and about cultivating greater awareness of spirit.”
Maghalie has been a professional mountain biker since the age of 20. She hopes to foster further interest in the discipline, while helping her fans grow through sports and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle.
Her vision of an active life: “Don’t be afraid to try new things, since life begins outside your comfort zone. As much as you can, you must do things that create a sense of well-being and make you happy!”