The Fitness Industry has lost an icon and true Role Model.
It is with great sadness that canfitpro announces one of its most dedicated members – Sharon Mann Compagna – passed away peacefully on June 6th after a 4-year battle with cancer. She was surrounded with the love of her family at her home in Vancouver.
Everyone who knew Sharon, took her classes or participated in any of her training would say the say the same thing – “The world has lost one of the strongest fighters and brightest stars” of our generation. Her abundant energy, power smile and exuberant and positive personality lifted everyone up. She inspired everyone on her path.
Sharon was an internationally renowned fitness expert and presenter, who graced the stages at canfitpro since canfitpro started (as BODYLIFE) back in 1993. She was awarded the “canfitpro Canadian Fitness Presenter of the Year” in 2001 and just this past year received the inaugural “Women Who Influence INSPIRATION” award. This award recognizes a woman in the fitness industry who inspires and Influences those around her, as positive and powerful role model herself. Sharon inspired everyone on her path and influenced hundreds of thousands of people to participate in fitness and become Instructors and trainers. Sharon’s purpose was to connect people to help them become stronger together.
“Sharon was my idol when I was first introduced to fitness classes and the gym in my early twenties. I became a member at her gym in Coquitlam and attended as many of her class as I could. She is one of the reasons I became a fitness instructor myself and paved the way for what would become my biggest passion and eventually my career” –Andrea Bent, GoodLife Fitness in London, ON
Sharon’s career and journey within the fitness industry was a journey admired by many. She hosted and co-produced two TV shows “In Shape with Sharon Mann” and “Sharon Mann’s BodyTech” in the 1990’s and, her DVD “The Works With Sharon Mann”, became the number one selling Workout DVD on US home shopping channels. Sharon was also a 4 time National Sport Aerobic Champion, and over the years contributed to the fitness industry as a innovator and producer of successful cutting edge material for the fitness industry, including producing BURNTRAX music with her husband Tim.
Sharon was not only one of the most respected and admired fitness presenters of our time, she was a caring and loving mom who cherished her three sons and husband. She was a bright light in the world and lit up every room she walked into. Sharon made real and genuine contributions to helping people improve their lives through fitness.
Over the past 4 years, Sharon battled cancer and this empowered her to find her voice and live her why— “to become the best mother, wife, daughter and friend that I can be. To give back, to share what I’ve learned and to give breast cancer patients hope. To share my knowledge on prevention and to inspire people to take control of their health , ask questions, be curious and to never give up”. –Sharon Mann, 2018 Defyeneurs Magazine.
Her legacy will live on and to help ensure that the fitness industry does not forgot our beautiful sister, canfitpro will dedicate the Women Who Influence INSPIRATION award in memory of Sharon Mann.
This award will be presented annually beginning August 2021 at the 7th annual Women Who Influence event.