MEET THE TEAM
Anna-Marie de Zwager, Practicing Kinesiologist & Instructor
Anna-Marie de Zwager completed her Kinesiology Co-op degree at the University of Victoria while a member of the Varsity Field Hockey Team. Prior to starting her own business, she worked in hospital settings, multidisciplinary private rehabilitation clinics and even the Canadian Forces.
In the midst of building her skills as a health care professional, Anna-Marie got distracted (what’s new…) with the sport of rowing and worked her way onto two Canadian Olympic Teams. She competed in Athens 2004 (Women’s Eight) and Beijing 2008 (Women’s Quad). She also experienced quite a bit of success on the indoor rowing machine, winning the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships twice (2007 & 2008) and the World Indoor Rowing Championships three times (2007, 2017 and 2018). She figures she’ll wait until she is at the beginning of an age category before trying again.
Since retiring from sport and returning to the field of active rehabilitation, Anna-Marie has found great enjoyment working with middle-aged to older adults. Whether you are working on standing up safely, negotiating a corner with a walker, achieving a personal best on a 2000m erg piece or getting up and down off the ground to play with your grandchildren, Anna-Marie can help you realize the importance and enjoyment of movement with a special combination of compassion and humour.
Buffy Williams, Instructor
Three Time Canadian Olympic Rower (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008) with a Bronze Medal to show for it, Buffy was still rowing at the university level when she stroked the Canadian Women’s Eight to the Podium in the Sydney Olympics, 2000. She followed this up with gutsy performances in the Women’s Pair in Athens and the Women’s Eight again in Beijing, finishing fourth in both of those regattas. My goodness. The word on this street is that Buffy is one of the best rowers Canada has ever produced.
A legend in the sport (not to mention in our lives), Buffy brings the knowledge of a Masters degree in Kinesiology from Oxford University (!!) and a lifetime of experience in competitive sport to the table with her classes. This woman knows how to move! Buffy will be offering a 60 minute indoor rowing class plus some higher intensity, shorter workouts on the rowing machine directed to those with a bit more experience but less time on their hands.
We are so excited to welcome Buffy to the Amaze Team as a regular instructor!
Angelika Prael, Administrator
Angelika is an undeniably important member of Team Amaze. She is a think-outside-the-box leader, endlessly optimistic contributor and team player and is more generous with time, advice, kindness and food than anyone we know.
She can find her way around a computer, website, Vitamix and food processor (but please let’s not combine the two, ok?) not to mention a neighbourhood or walking path. She is rarely without some funny anecdote of times with family and friends.
Angelika will be helping to keep this rigamarole together. She has the uncanny ability to see things that don’t exist yet, identify potential and come up with ways to improve and simplify our Amaze world. Let’s give her a welcome with a big round of applause!!