Editor’s Note: We spoke with Suzanne Sinclair, the Wellness Director for the Sky Family Venice YMCA located at 701 Center Road. She’s originally from South Africa. Please call 941-492-9622. Learn more at SWFLYMCA.org.
What are some of the programs and events you currently manage?
I manage the group fitness department (130 classes per week), the personal training department with a team of very dedicated trainers, and the wellness coaches who make sure our members receive their complimentary wellness orientations and keep our fitness center clean. I’m also the Race Director for our Annual Resolution 5K Run in January, our St. Paddy’s Day 8K Race in March and The Venice Triathlon in September.
How did a lady from South Africa end up in Venice, Florida?
I emigrated in May 2006, moving to Colorado for about two years. I loved the mountains but not the snow, so I decided to move to Florida which is hot and humid much like the town I grew up in (Durban). I lived in Panama City for four years and then Mount Dora for five years before moving to Venice in June 2018. My then fiancé lived here, and Herbert and I got married in August 2018.
What’s your background playing sports, and how do you stay healthy and fit?
I was a swimmer and I also did ballet and modern dance. After finishing school, I had the opportunity to work for an amazing Pilates instructor in South Africa which is how I became passionate about The Pilates Method. Since moving to the US, I’ve been focusing on all aspects of physical training. That includes earning certifications in Pilates, Senior Fitness and CrossFit. I love working out and especially functional training methods, which incorporate cardio, strength and athletic conditioning.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love working with people from all fitness levels and ages. Seeing people reach their health and fitness goals is a great feeling. In my position I get to help our members find the best group fitness class or specialty program for their individual needs. Some of our programs focus on disease prevention or management. Two examples include Pedaling for Parkinson’s and Rocksteady Boxing.
What would you like to share about your family?
My parents still live in South Africa and my son just joined the US Army. My husband is my biggest supporter and I’m blessed to have him on my team.
What other states and countries have you visited?
Louisiana, Tennessee, Colorado, and the state of Washington in the US. I’ve also been to England, Scotland, Wales, Mozambique, and Botswana. In the future, I plan to visit Mexico and Europe.