A Team in Training coach had to jump over a few hurdles of her own to conquer cancer and is now teaching others how to run the race of their lives.

Team in Training (TNT) is the world's largest endurance sports training program.

TNT was founded to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

In exchange for training and support from professional coaches, participants help raise money toward patient services and cures for blood cancers.

Calgary's Team In Training group meets at Eau Claire for their sessions.

One of their coaches is Sheena Denscombe who is a personal trainer and a cancer survivor.

"I took the NCCP Coaching Program so I have my level one track and field and I've been doing running for years with the Running Room and I just found this is a perfect fit because its everyday people and I'm an everyday person," said Denscombe.

Denscombe started running in July of 2002.

In addition to helping others with their fitness goals, she has completed 7 marathons and numerous half marathons in Canada and the United States.

She says she loves running and says there is nothing like the feeling you get when you finish a race.

"You don't know anyone's story until that day and you see all their accomplishments and all the obstacles that they've overcome. Not only are they proud of themselves but everyone becomes proud of them and you feel that whole sense of unity and pride."

Denscombe has inspired and encouraged so many others hat an award was established in her name four years ago.

The Sheena Denscombe Spirit Award recognizes a participant that makes the most outstanding contribution to the TNT community each year.

For her years of tough training and dedication to coaching, Sheena Denscombe is the CTV Athlete of the Week for Friday, July 22, 2011.

For more information visit the Team in Training website.