Get To Know Sherry

I am a "Lifetime Natural" now-retired IFBB fitness professional, born in Victoria, BC. I lived in Richmond, BC 
up until 1982 and then I moved to Pender Harbour, BC (Sunshine Coast) This is where I was first 
introduced to aerobics classes. At the age of 15, I would attend a fitness class once a week at the 
local community hall which was put on by my very first mentor, Mokie Barabash-Burnham. I really
looked up to her because she was fit, positive and a mother in great shape. She became very inspirational 
to me, so after graduating from Pender Harbour Secondary in 1986, I moved to the Lower Mainland and 
joined a local gym Fitness World now called Steve Nash Fitness World, which is where I still teach and 
train. I continued to participate as a member while I completed my license in Cosmetology. In 1996, just 
two years after I became a BC certified cosmetologist, I studied and practiced to become a BCRPA certified 
Group Fitness and weight training instructor. In 2004, I then added to my list of certifications by becoming a 
BCRPA Certified Personal Trainer for Steve Nash Fitness World. I decided to start competing after my second 
child in 1998 and after each category I experienced, my fitness friends would introduce me to another. I love 
the challenges and benefits involved in promoting a drug-free, healthy, fit and positive lifestyle.
It was in 2002, when I was inspired to compete by my friend, now IFBB Fitness Pro, Sandra Wickham. I joined 
Sandra's dance team, Lean Motion which was the opening entertainment for local bodybuilding and fitness shows. 
I really enjoyed the fitness aspect of it and the adrenaline rush that over came me at each performance so I decided 
to compete. I began my training by hiring trainer and Figure Diva, Lara Tamereski. 
I also became close to another fitness and figure competitor named Sandy Vu. Both Sandy and Lara were excellent motivators who clearly knew their stuff, 
as it lead me to a WNBF Pro card in both fitness and figure. After gaining my Pro status and competing at the 2002 Ms Exercise World in New York City, I 
walked away with 1st place in both fitness and figure and I was hooked. This is what lead me to the meeting of a very popular WNBF Pro bodybuilder, Dave 
Goodin aka Texas Shredder. He invited me down to down to Austin, Texas to train and shadow him while he trained others. Dave Goodin and I have become 
great friends and he is now one of my biggest mentors in this industry. He has won many titles and is also the promoter of the Texas Shredder Classic. Dave 
educated me well and when I returned back to Canada in July 2003, I was able to share my experience and knowledge with Steve Nash Fitness World members 
and staff and move up to the next level of my career, BCRPA certified personal trainer and (SFL) Supervisor to Group Fitness Instructors.
In 2005, after competing at the NPC Emerald Cup, I learned of another amazing trainer, Mike Davies. After seeing and admiring his very conditioned clients, 
I knew I had to contact him and see if he could take me on as well. Fortunately, he accepted me as a new client, and I had the opportunity of attending my first 
camp in March 2006 in Columbus, Ohio. I was able to see first hand what great shape his clients had attained by training with Mike. I was taught how to "Train 
like a girl" as Mike would say, and how to make healthy choices to attain a fit and balanced physique and lifestyle.  Eventually, his skills and teachings lead me to 
winning my IFBB Pro Card at the North Americans in Cleveland, Ohio and then I was accepted to the JIBC to train and become a BC Deputy Sheriff at the age of 
42 years.  

This goes to show, hard work and determination can take you where you want to go.  Never give up your dreams and goals at any age.  If you want it bad 
enough and put in the work, it can happen for you like it did for me!