To Keep You inspired….. Club Fit Aquatics Director Patrick Montgomery
By Lisa Olney
Club Fit Aquatics Director Patrick Montgomery, a man of kaleidoscopic interests, has a simple, guiding philosophy that ensures his constant growth while steering him clear of the pitfalls of ennui. “Stay active, keep learning, and don’t sweat the small stuff.” As Patrick nears his 70th birthday in November, his life’s palette draws from vibrant art galleries and cultural centers, a not-for-profit organic farm, and the rebuilding of vintage motorcycles and cars. He is a drag racing aficionado, and most recently, Patrick has earned his place as a certified yoga instructor.
Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Patrick moved to Chicago one week after the 1968 Democratic National Convention riots to continue his post-secondary education at University of Chicago and the Chicago Art Institute. While in Ontario he lived in Toronto and Stratford, pursuing an art career in public museums and galleries. In the late 1970s his art career took him to New York City. Continually evolving and craving new experiences, in 1981 Patrick lived and worked on a not-for-profit organic farm on Cortez Island in British Columbia where he milked cows, cut hay, raised cattle, and pigs. “I often refer to it as a form of graduate school,” he laughs. After that experience he and his wife, Heather, moved to Vancouver where he returned to working in the arts in galleries, his own fine art services business, and as the Executive Director for the Evergreen Cultural Centre.
If you ask Patrick what brought them from British Columbia to his Duchess County home, he has one word: family. With two of their three daughters living in New York – and the other in New Orleans – the couple moved back, buying a house in Pleasant Valley. His first experience with Club Fit was on the maintenance crew taking down the bubble in the spring of 2012. After working for Club Fit, his well-rounded resume, depth of managerial experience, and love of education and programming quickly earned him consideration in other areas of the Club, and in 2014 he became the Aquatics Director for Jefferson Valley. Patrick’s goals for the Aquatic Department are to continue providing high quality services in programming and safety education. “The single most important aspect of the positon is actively making hundreds if not thousands of people safe around water every year,” says Patrick. “In addition, we are introducing people of all ages to a lifetime of aquatics enjoyment that they can pass on to their families — making the world a better place one swimmer at a time!”
Throughout Patrick’s life health and wellness have always been a priority, and he dabbled throughout the years in yoga. At the age of 67, however, Patrick was inspired to take his yoga to the next level. “The week after my 67th birthday in 2014, I looked in the mirror, and realized that either I had to do something about my aging body, or prepare for a walker,” he laughed. To gain a deeper understanding into the yoga philosophy and practice, Patrick took the 200-hour teacher training course that Club Fit offers to current and future yoga instructors, as well as serious yoga students. At the time, he participated as a student of yoga, but after six months, Patrick found himself growing, once again, embracing a leadership role in yoga. Now, a certified yoga instructor, Patrick has been added to the Club Fit roster as a substitute yoga instructor and is excited to be working with Club Fit’s Group Fitness Manager to develop a yoga program focused on his peer group. “I hope to assist in prolonging an active and energetic lifestyle that is focused, flexible, and fit,” explains Patrick. Words to live by in everyone’s palette of lifetime experiences.