Becoming a mom while leading a brand and business expansion has presented new challenges for former pro-wrestler and long-term Children’s Aid Foundation supporter, Trish Stratus. As the owner of Stratusphere Yoga and advocate for active and healthy living, she has found a balance between motherhood and work that she “wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.”
A native of the Greater Toronto Area, Trish was a student of biology and kinesiology at York University before becoming a fitness model and member of World Wrestling Entertainment. With a highly successful wrestling career, including breaking seven championships, Trish retired in 2006 and launched Stratusphere as an outlet to not only serve others but also promote wellbeing.
“The reality is we can only do so much with the resources we have presented to us,” says Trish. “When we’re blitzed with so many ads and messages for unhealthy things, be it too many video game hours or candy bars, the only way to combat is to fight on the same battlefield. What we have to do is spread the word about healthy options, from playing outside to eating better foods.”
Nutrition is especially important for kids who are developing eating and fitness habits they will likely hold for the rest of their lives. This is no easy feat for any young person, let alone those in the child welfare system who are also struggling with poverty, neglect, and abuse.
“I look at the life my husband and I have been able to provide for [my son] Max, and it makes me realize how fortunate he is,” Trish explains.
Involved with numerous children’s charities, she believes that getting deeply involved and inspiring others to grow communities around causes that support at-risk youth is the best way to encourage healthy and stable futures for them.
“When you look at what other kids endure, either being in broken homes or having childhood diseases, it breaks your heart,” she says, adding that Canada is amongst the most philanthropic nations in the world. “I think every Canadian feels a patriotic duty to be part of an effort to aid those around us who need help.”
Trish will soon hit the green at the 5th annual Joe Carter Classic Golf Tournament in support of the Children’s Aid Foundation. The star-studded event includes a fun-filled day of sport and friendly competition– something that Trish is eagerly anticipating.
“The last time Joe Carter and I crossed paths, it was in the yoga studio and, well, I kinda kicked his butt. So now he’s got a lot to prove on his home turf. Let’s see if he’s up for the challenge!”