New studio puts focus on health

Gwynne Studio opens at UVic’s Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities

The Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities was the site of the official unveiling of the Gwynne Studio last week.

The studio was named following a generous contribution from Linnea Turnquist and her family to help support healthy living in Victoria and reinforce CARSA’s commitment to well-being, active lifestyles, inclusiveness and mental health.

A UVic graduate in 1992 and a former women’s rower with the Vikes, Linnea named the Gwynne Studio in honour of her parents, Gaylard and Eleanor Turnquist, and the hamlet of Gwynne, Alta., where her family’s homestead resides. The Gwynne Studio symbolizes the union of  Linnea’s familial roots in Alberta and her new home here in Victoria. Linnea feels strongly about giving back and making a difference in the community and is thrilled to be a part of the CARSA legacy.

“The years I spent at the University of Victoria were some of the best of my life, and they sent me on a path of lifelong exploration in many ways,” Turnquist said. “Giving back has always been part of this path and I wanted to set the example that giving a gift shouldn’t wait until you’re at the end of your life.

“Give what you can, when you can, and enjoy watching others benefit. Living your life isn’t about living a life of perfection. It’s about being willing to take risks, put it all out there and be proud of what you do no matter what people think.”

The Gwynne Studio will serve as a space within CARSA where all students, staff, faculty and members of the greater Victoria community can work towards a healthy mind, body and spirit in a safe and positive environment.

For Kevin Ram, former executive ambassador for Vikes Nation for two years, the inclusive qualities of the Gwynne Studio follow hand-in-hand with the student experience at the University of Victoria.

“Being a part of Vikes Nation means more than just an active, healthy community,” said Ram. “It’s about inclusiveness, family and connecting with each other on a personal basis as well as a whole. I’ve been fortunate to help foster and be apart of the growth and support within this community all the while creating everlasting memories and unique experiences.”


The naming of the movement studio joins other community partners in supporting the CARSA building, which opened in May 2015. The Peninsula Co-op Climbing Centre, Lynda and Murray Farmer Walk of Excellence, RBC Blue and Gold Room, the Ian and Gillian Stewart Varsity Weight Room and the UVic Alumni Association Spirit Section are all iconic parts of the 190,000-square-foot athletics and recreation facility.



Just Posted

Brian Korzenowski rides with Athena, left, and Venus who are safely strapped in and goggled up with the wind in their fur. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)
Double-dog motorcycle sidecar brings smiles to Sooke Road commuters

Athena and Venus are all teeth and smiles from their Harley-Davidson sidecar

In January 2019, Grade 5 students from Glenlyon Norfolk School, accompanied by Grade 11 student Anastasia Castro, gave a presentation to Oak Bay council seeking a ban on plastic bags in the district. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oak Bay set to survey businesses on single-use plastic products

Survey gathers information ahead of expected legislation on provincial, federal level

Brooke Morneau, a previous participant in car parades, will watch one she has organized for this weekend from her Sidney workplace. (Courtesy Brooke Morneau)
Rolling show and shine ready to cruise Sidney through Saanich

Car parade past senior care homes set for Saturday, June 19

Al Kowalko drives Sooke School District’s first electric bus that began operation in May. The board decided on June 15 that all future buses will be electric, asking the province for more funding to support the program. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Sooke school board agrees to make all future buses electric

Board to ask province to increase funding to cover the extra up front cost

(Black Press Media file photo)
School parking problems plague Oak Bay residents

Need exceeds official requirements for parking at St. Michaels school

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: When was the last time you visited the mainland?

The films are again lighting the screens at local theatres, the wine… Continue reading

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of June 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., center left, reaches over to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they celebrate the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act that creates a new federal holiday to commemorate June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people after the Civil War, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2021. It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Biden to sign bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

New American stat marks the nation’s end of slavery

Kimberly Bussiere and other laid-off employees of Casino Nanaimo have launched a class-action lawsuit against the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
B.C. casino workers laid off during pandemic launch class-action lawsuit

Notice of civil claim filed in Supreme Court of B.C. in Nanaimo against Great Canadian Gaming

John Kromhoff with some of the many birthday cards he received from ‘pretty near every place in the world’ after the family of the Langley centenarian let it be known that he wasn’t expecting many cards for his 100th birthday. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Cards from all over the world flood in for B.C. man’s 100th birthday

An online invitation by his family produced a flood of cards to mark his 100th birthday

FILE – Nurse Iciar Bercian prepares a shot at a vaccine clinic for the homeless in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, June 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
B.C. scientists to study effectiveness of COVID vaccines in people with HIV

People living with HIV often require higher doses of other vaccines

Most Read