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Canadian Fitness Industry Leadership Award to be Presented in Memory of Henry Polessky


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he Canadian Fitness Industry Leadership Award is Fitness Industry Council of Canada’s (FIC) most prestigious hon- our. The award is given to an


FIC member who has been an industry leader throughout the years while op- erating a fitness facility. The individual has been passionate about the well- being and promotion of the industry while contributing significantly to its progression. FIC is pleased to announce that


the first Canadian Fitness Industry Leadership Award will be presented in memory of Henry Polessky. Henry Polessky has been an icon


in the North American fitness indus- try for over 60 years, in both Canada and the U.S. Originally from Montreal, he died in his Vancouver home sur- rounded by family and friends this


8 Fitness Business Canada March/April 2014


past January 9. He is best known as the founder, owner, CEO, and president of Fitness World. His success and vibrant personality places him among the rank of fitness industry legends. Polessky launched Fitness World


in 1978, and built it into a chain of 13 British Columbia gyms. In 2009, Angelo Gordon and Co. acquired Fitness World in a partnership with New Evolution Ventures and Steve Nash Sports Club. Remaining in the industry, Polessky then became an advisor to Steve Nash Fitness Clubs. Fitness World says that, over the years, more than 400,000 people became healthier through Polessky’s efforts. “Henry Polessky was a respected


leader in the Canadian fitness indus- try,” says David Hardy, president of World Health Edmonton and partner at Orangetheory Fitness. “Henry built and


led Fitness World for over 30 years, and during that time was active in many public policy issues that helped grow the fitness industry in Canada. He was a supporter of the FIC and was always active at IHRSA and other industry events.” “Henry had a great ability to sell


memberships and make a club work,” says David Patchell-Evans, founder and CEO of Goodlife Fitness. “What grew each year was the size of his heart, soul and the intention to help others including members, staff, family and friends. From the very first time I met Henry, I felt that he came from a place of truth and integrity.” The Canadian Fitness Industry


Leadership Award will be presented at IHRSA’s 33rd Annual International Convention & Trade Show at the San Diego Convention Centre on March 13.


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