About the Mountain Grind Organizers
If you ask Pender Harbour residents, Silke and Amanda why they decided to create the Mountain Grind, they will tell you “It is our vision to make fitness a fun part of people’s lives and to promote the Pender Harbour area as one of the most beautiful areas we’ve ever seen.”
Silke Linnmann, an entrepreneur, immigrated to Canada from Germany in 1997 with her husband Ralph. The two of them have been co-owners and managers of Pender Harbour’s Sunshine Coast Resort ever since. Silke has always been active and interested in all kinds of fitness and sports and is a passionate advocate for healthy living. She is a Certified Lifeguard and a BCRPA Certified Personal Trainer and professional Fitness Instructor. An employee of the Sunshine Coast Regional District, most recently at the Pender Harbour Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Silke is also an active volunteer in the community and the very busy mother of two children.
Amanda Peterson is a professional Fitness Leader, teaching a variety of group and aquatic fitness classes. She is also a Lifeguard at the Pender Harbour Aquatic and Fitness Centre where she inspires children in her swimming lessons and motivates her clients with energetic fitness classes. Outside of work Amanda manages and coaches local sports teams, and remains active by playing in teams herself. She has a great love for outdoor adventures and sports, and some of her passions include snowboarding, water sports, and long walks/hikes with her family and dogs. Amanda is very family oriented and remains a positive influence for people who want to adopt a healthy lifestyle as well as a motivator of fun and fitness for everyone.