Background: I am the Dragons youngest coach. I was fortunate enough to be coached under now retired Dragons and Courtice SS track coach Bill Cunliffe. I ran for Courtice Secondary School for five years before competing for the Windsor Lancers Cross Country & Track teams during my undergrad. In 2019 while attending McMaster University to complete my masters I worked with Coach Paula Schnurr and the Marauders Cross Country and Track Team as their social media coordinator.
I started coaching with the Dragons in January of 2019 after being an athlete with the club since 2008. I completed my Club Coach Endurance certification (NCCP Level 2) in March. In December of 2019, I furthered my coaching development by completing my Performance Coach certification (NCCP Level 3). More recently, I successfully attained my Chartered Professional Coach Designation (ChPC).
I do my best to bring enthusiasm and youth to our club while instilling a love and passion for the sport. My main objectives in addition to having our athletes succeed on the track is to build rapport and lasting relationships off the track. I believe there is a direct correlation to how a coach-athlete relationship is developed/ fostered in relationship to the performance and well-being of athletes. I also have an extensive collection of coaching, running and performance books.
Fun Fact: Despite being a distance runner my only high school track & field medal is in javelin.
Background: I was in my last year of high school where I discovered my love for track and field and found myself at the 1984 Olympic Games. As a late bloomer I started training for the Heptathlon (Hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 meters, long jump, javelin and 800m).
I attended school at the University of Toronto where I trained for the heptathlon with my coach Andy Higgins. Under Andy’s tutelage I discovered that my favourite events were in the sprints, hurdles and the long jump. I broke the Canadian record 6.61 followed by a 6.72m Long Jump and also competed the hurdles where I was fortunate to set more records.
Now that my competitive days are behind me, I now look to the future where I am passing the torch to the future of Canadian athletics through Quest Sports Track and Field Club. Part of my decision in starting Quest was through training my own children, one was a hurdler and the other was a baseball player who needed to develop his speed. I was not interested in developing a big club but more interested in developing a small club with high quality club athletes where they can receive lots of attention and lots of attention to detail.
We at Quest Sports Canada are thrilled with the unique partnership forming a SUPER CLUB with Durham Dragons Athletics. The Durham Dragons focus on the middle distance and distance events while we focus on all other aspects of track and field.
I am a big believer in continuing education. I am a Performance Coach Certified (NCCP Level 3) in sprints, hurdles, jumps, throws and multi events and currently completing my Advanced coaching levels. My main objective is to have all athletes under my watch have individual success.