|By The Editors|
On the morning of Thursday, December 8th, 2011, the bodybuilding community lost one of its most beloved members when Coach Darren Oliver passed away. Coach Darren’s name was legendary on the Canadian bodybuilding scene, a name recognized for excellence in the gym and on the stage. Darren’s positive energy, enthusiasm, and sheer passion for his craft were simply contagious. It was impossible to have a bad day once you were around him, even for a moment. To experience a Darren Oliver training session with one of his star students was to witness what it really takes to become a champion.
Coach Darren was a guiding force for a who’s who list of the best professional and amateur bodybuilders and figure competitors in Canada, including Ben Pakulski, Mike Van Wyck, Renaldo Gairy, Bob Weatherill, Jerome Bravo, John Aiello, Joanne Williams, Mona Poursaleh, Marko Zaborac, Hugo Silva, Kai Persaud, Neda Zand and countless others. To each of his clients, Darren was so much more than a great trainer. He was a mentor, confidant, and above all, a true friend.
In the relatively short time that the Strong Athlete crew knew Darren, we developed an amazing friendship. He was a huge supporter of everything we did and is a major reason why our online magazine has grown to where it is today. We’d like to honor Darren and his team with a short tribute video showcasing the genius at his best. Rest in peace Coach.