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Wamesit Lanes Person Of The Week: Trish Bourne

Apr 14, 2016 10:40AM ● By Bill Gilman

Wamesit Lanes Person of the Week Trish Bourne, middle, is flanked by Gail Malatesta and Don MacLaren Jr. of Wamesit Lanes.

(Editor's note: Person of the Week is sponsored by Wamesit Lanes. Do you know a friend, neighbor or family member who deserves a pat on the back for something cool they've done? Nominate them for Person of the Week by emailing their name, along with the reason they should be honored, to Bill@yourtewksburytoday.com) 

The most challenging part of featuring Trish Bourne as the Wamesit Lanes Person of the Week was getting her to stand still long enough for a photo and interview.
She seems to be constantly on the run, either literally or figuratively.
Bourne is the owner of Tricia's Dance School - Home of Tricia's Tots. The dance school, located on Route 38, began with a focus on children 6-under. But gradually, Bourne expanded her class offerings and now has 160 students up to 16 years of age.
When not dancing, Bourne can often be seen running the streets of Tewksbury. More than just a hobby, she has earned a reputation as one of the top female runners in the Masters Division (50-over) in the state. She has run 14 marathons, including 10 Boston Marathons, but the highlight of her racing career may have been placing second to the legendary Joan Benoit Samuelson in the Female Masters Division of the 2015 Falmouth Road Race.
"I've been running since I was in my teens. It always complimented my dancing," said Bourne. "I've been running competitively since my mid-30s."
Bourne and her husband, Jim, have three grown children -- Nick (27), Ben (23) and Natalie (20). When Nick was 8 years old, he was diagnosed with Sturge-Weber Syndrome. The rare condition is marked by a "port wine' stain on the face, glaucoma and neurological issues manifesting in seizures and severe migraines.
Her son's condition led Bourne to become passionately involved with the Sturge-Weber Foundation, which she has helped through her dance studio and her racing.
"One of the things they want to do is raise awareness because it's such a rare disease," said Bourne. "Running the dance studio has allowed me to promote the foundation and educate people."
Bourne has also used the dance studio to help raise money for the foundation. And at the 2015 Falmouth Road Race, a team of 40 runners raised $120,000 to help promote awareness.
Bourne was nominated to be Wamesit Lanes Person of the Week by Colleen Williams, the mother of one of her dance students. Colleen's nomination e-mail read:
I think Trish Bourne would be an excellent candidate for the Tewksbury Person of the Week.
She is a small business owner, Tricia's Dance School since 1996. She has the patience of a saint and has been teaching my girls dance for the past 8 years. In her spare time she is an avid runner. She has even participated in the Boston Marathon eight times. When she is not dancing or running she is also an advocate for the Sturge-Weber Foundation.


For being named Wamesit Lanes Person of the Week, Trish Bourne receives a gift card to Wamesit Lanes Family Entertainment Center.

Do you know a friend, neighbor or family member who deserves a pat on the back for something cool they've done? Nominate them for Person of the Week by emailing their name, along with the reason they should be honored, to Bill@yourtewksburytoday.com.
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