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Marci Gray is a full time outpatient orthopedic physical therapist, USAT Certified Coach, mother of 4 and triathlete. As a physical therapist, she specializes in orthopedic injuries and preventative medicine. Trained by the McKenzie Institute, she is a Certified MDT clinician and brings this on board with her coaching. In addition to Triathlon coaching, Marci currently serves as LifeSport’s Rehab Coach as well, assisting other coaches in working through an injury without losing time as an athlete. As a mother of 4, Marci also understands time management and making the most of every minute of a training session in order to balance life as a parent and athlete, understanding that life happens and training can be changed in order to meet your life needs while still achieving your athletic goals. As a triathlete, she understands the focus and drive athletes have to be better, get stronger, become more efficient and succeed in whatever their goals may be.
Marci has competed in triathlon since 2009 and has achieved 3x Team USA qualification in Olympic distance. She is a USAT All American Athlete as well. She coached a youth team for 3 years, moving into the adult coaching in 2013. She has USAT Level 1 Certification as well as a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (1998) where she proceeded to become Certified as a MDT level Clinician (2008). Marci has competed in all distances of Triathlon and served on crews for 2014 & 2015 Ultraman Florida- an endurance event that requires a much different level of nutrition and training than IM. Marci believes in nutrition as the 4th discipline and works with athletes on fueling for any distance. Marci has coached all levels of athlete as well and can tailor programs from the newest of athlete to those that want to podium.
- B.S. in Physical Therapy 1998
- Certified MDT PT by McKenzie Institute, 2008
- USAT Level 1 Coach
- Revolutions Kids Team Tri-coach (3 years), Adult Coach (2 years)
- Lifesport Performance Coach, and Rehab Coach
- 4x Age Group National Championship Competitor
- 3x Team USA Qualifier
- USAT All American Athlete
“I want to be a positive role model and inspire my athletes to be the best they can be and believe in themselves. I think the sport of triathlon tests the limit of what we can do as there is always one of the three sports that is always the crutch and to improve and push and then put all three together in one true test measures our strength both mentally and physically, and I train them for both.”
I have been a triathlete for just over 2 years now, in Nov. 2013 I completed my first full ironman in Panama City Beach. Prior to the race, an acquaintance Marci Gray, (now coach) came up to me, we chatted and then she offered me invaluable information for 20 minutes about what to do , and NOT do in a full ironman!
Her helpfulness, advice and positivity stuck with me after that race, and I talked to her about coaching me, it's been 6 months since then, and those 6 months have given me some of the most drastic improvements I've seen in my athletic career. Right on time, she has given me week after week of challenging, considered and difficult workouts that help push me to my limits. If I ever can't make certain workouts or days of training, she helps me work around my schedule and find the times and ways to help me the most.
Not being a high school or college swimmer, my form and technique left ... A little bit to be desired, swim lessons and check ups from Marci have been key in helping me make rapid gains in the water especially.
Marci is an extremely supportive coach and has helped me make leaps and bounds towards my goals in a safe and "me" focused manner. I would recommend her to any future athletes she might train, or employers who take her on in a heartbeat.
I have been working with Marci Gray for almost 9 months. In September of 2013, upon signing up for my second Ironman in 2014, I knew I really did not want to go through the mentally painful process of planning my own workouts and began wondering if I needed a coach. Marci was the perfect fit for me and I officially signed her on. The fact that I never thought I would want or need a coach speaks volumes of my faith in Marci and what I believe she is capable of. During the past 9 months, I have seen tremendous improvements across all three sports. She is extremely motivated for me to reach my goals, and reminds me everyday. She is always within reach whether I have a questions, concern or just need a boost in confidence. I am excited to see how far she will take me in accomplishing my dreams.
Based in Connecticut, Jeremy has been involved in triathlon since 1999. From 2003-2012 Jeremy was a full-time swim coach at nearly every level (swim camps, summer league, Club, HS, Master’s, NCAA). He has coached multiple CT State conference champions, Team, School and State record holders, Junior National, Nationals and Olympic Trials qualifiers. During this time, Jeremy also started an event management company – having seen multisport from the perspective of an athlete, coach, and race director gives him a unique ability to identify the specific needs of his athletes and prepare them for various race situations. As a triathlon coach, over the past 8 years, Jeremy has guided athletes to their first finishes at every distance from sprint to Ultraman, as well as berths at 70.3, Ironman and Ultraman World Championships.
- USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coach
- ASCA Level 3 and CSCAA certified Swim Coach
- USATF Level 1 Track & Field Coach
"I believe in addressing the physical, mental and nutritional demands through a coherent and cohesive training regimen, consistent with current sports science and sports psychology research, and that is tailored specifically to each athlete according to their unique background, strengths and weaknesses."
Errol Kalayci is a successful coach, businessman, lawyer, married father of three young girls and has been involved in competitive sports his entire life. He has a thorough understanding of life's demands on goal oriented age group triathletes, and posseses the experience and knowledge of how to balance these demands with achieving sport goals. Errol has been involved in endurance sports as a competitive triathlete since 2003. During this time, Errol co-founded a Triathlon Club, served in various leadership roles for it and another non-profit organization focused on sport for children, obtained his USAT Coaching certification, and has been mentored by National and Olympic coach Lance Watson for more than a decade. Living in South Florida, he currently works with athletes at the Performance level.
- USAT Certified Triathlon Coach
- Mentored for over a decade by International Triathlon Coach Lance Watson
- Licensed Attorney, Real Estate Broker, Contractor
- World Renowned Scuba Instructor & Explorer - Global Underwater Explorers
- Member - The Explorer's Club
- Former high-level soccer player
- Top Ranked Clydesdale Triathlete
- SABR Soccer Coach of the Year
"To share my knowledge and practical experience in whatever way is necessary for each athlete to not only achieve their dreams, but also maintain a fulfilling and sustainable sport journey that fits their lifestyle."
Janet Nielsen is an NCCP certified Triathlon Coach and holds a degree in Recreation and Health from the University of Victoria. She has extensive experience in endurance sport including being a member of the National Junior and U23 Team member for Canada. Janet has made the successful transition to Long Distance racing where she has a number of Elite Podium finishes on the Subaru Western Triathlon Series. Janet's coaching experience includes coaching local swim programs, Kids Summer Triathlon Camps, and coaching at other various triathlon and run programs.
Louis Therien is an NCCP trained Triathlon Coach and has been involved in competitive sports his entire life. Louis began developing his coaching skills working as a hockey, ski and snowboard coach and then a golf instructor and triathlon coach for the past 2 years. In addition to his position as a Human Resource Strategist for the Government of Canada he is a competitive triathlete. Louis is fully aware of the restrictions and limitations that go along with a busy and demanding lifestyle while being able to strike the right balance in order to meet one’s ultimate goals. He has coached several athletes to world championships in short and long course triathlon events.
- NCCP Triathlon trained.
- Ottawa Triathlon Club Coach 2010-2012.
- Professional Development: Coaching clinics with Dave Scott and Philippe Bertrand.
- Co-lead Lifesport Ultimate Tremblant camp.
- Coaching development through Lifesport for the past year.
“To provide personalized, quality coaching programs and a positive, rewarding coach-athlete experience that ensure his athletes attain their goals and dreams. Louis is a firm believer that dedication and hard work will always yield the preferred outcome in all athletic endeavors and life.”
“Coach Lou is a big source of inspiration. My progress has been impressive since being coached by Louis. He always knows what to say and do to motivate me and to get the best out of me prior to a race. He’s always there when I need advice and his workouts are effective and well planned. I truly appreciate his philosophy, his organization and his open communication. What was once my goal is now a standard and what used to seem impossible, is now my objective. In life, anything is possible and with Louis we just get there faster. Thanks for everything Coach Lou!”
“Coach Lou has helped me to reach and surpass my goals for this season. He has provided the guidance and motivation necessary to keep me on track in my training and understands that an effective and lasting program revolves around ones life and not vice versa. His program is customized to deliver results based on key workouts that train specific systems, resulting in an efficient and effective program that got results! I owe a huge thanks to Coach Lou for all his efforts and guidance in a season that saw me reach my goal of qualifying for Worlds!”
Jessica Adam has been a triathlon club coach in both cities of Vancouver and Victoria, sharing her nearly 20 years of experience with aspiring triathletes. Over the years, she has collaborated on training projects and clinics with several top coaches, including Lance Watson and Paul Regensburg. Jessica has a high level of technical expertise and a positive, can-do attitude about training and racing. To complement her coaching repertoire, Jessica is university educated in nutrition and sciences, and is a recipient of the "Langara Faculty Association Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Science". Jessica is also an active triathlete, and 3 time national age group team member.
- NCCP Educated Coach
- NCAC Trained Triathlon Coach
- University studies in nutrition, award winning student
- LifeSport mentored coach
- Club coach, Vancouver, Victoria.
- Experienced triathlete and national age group team member.
“Every athlete is an individual, with different needs. Programs need to be tailored to suit the athlete's abilities and goals. My job is to understand what these are, and design a program to guide them to success. My coaching philosophy will consist of a balance between motivation, instilling the importance of consistency in my athletes, and a strict focus on technique and form.”
Peter, Vancouver, Canada
“Last year a cycling colleague and friend recommended Jessica to me, saying the training he’d done with her in 2014 was a significant factor in the remarkable improvement in his climbing, race results, and overall cycling. I was very pleased with how far I had come with my cycling up to the end of the 2014 summer riding season, but wanted to do more on a bike, specifically climbing, trying my hand at racing, moving up the ladder in fondos and such.
I’ve been with Jessica since mid-October 2014 and the results have been extraordinary for me, someone in his “late middle ages” who started cycling later in life. I’ve actually raced this year and done far better than I ever imagined I could and I’ve risen the results ladder of organized rides and fondos, to top ten in some cases. My fellow cyclists continually remark and comment on how much my cycling has improved and how much faster I am now. Hills continue to be work, but they don’t get into my head the way they used to, because I’m doing them better than before. Most importantly, I get on bike now and feel I can accomplish so much with my better endurance, power-on-demand, and overall strength. The feeling of possibility and potential I have now about my cycling and my fitness is like night-and-day compared to this time last year. Yes, I’ve joined a cycling club and team, and I do gym work and these have also paid major dividends, but the absolute core reason for the improvement in my cycling has been my training with Jessica.
Jessica makes it easy to be her student. From our first conversations, she has been completely client-focused, always available, and had always made time to provide feedback and guidance. She always gives positive reinforcement on my results, is always suggesting ways to improve drills and training, and also makes it very clear when I’ve strayed from the program. If you are person who is prepared to work with data, appreciates a fixed training regimen, and is committed to “keep to the program”, Jessica is for you, and I can’t recommend her highly enough.”
Barbara, Idaho USA
“When I started with LifeSport, my goal for the season was kind of unusual; I wanted to train for an Ironman that I would do on my own, not as part of an organized event. I admit I felt a little vulnerable when I told her what I wanted to do. Throughout the season I always felt that my goals were respected and were taken seriously. Jess guided me through the months of training, incorporating the other races that I wanted to do during the season; letting me know how much would be too much based on my other objectives. As I start into my second year of working with Jessica, I again appreciate how great it is to have someone supporting and guiding my efforts who has the bigger picture in mind. With work, family and training things can and do get pretty hectic; having Jess decide what I should be doing frees up my time and energy so I can apply that to my training. I don't have to wonder if I should be running, biking, swimming or resting; an easy or hard day etc. The workouts are much more varied than I would ever do on my own, which helps keep things fresh. I'm looking forward to another great season! Thanks Jess!”
Mark Overton has been involved in triathlon and endurance sport as a coach and athlete for 25 years. Following an active youth that included playing competitive ice hockey at the college level, he started competing in multisport purely to stay fit. Over the years Mark achieved coaching certifications in triathlon while spending time doing his practical educational component at the National Triathlon Centre in Victoria, B.C. He also has completed education at Vancouver Island University (VIU) in Physical Education and Psychology. Mark has coached swimming, soccer and ice hockey in addition to triathlon. He has been a licensed competitive bike racer and won several podiums at regional triathlon events and competed in several IM events. He was formerly the head coach of the Nanaimo Triathlon Club, and has extensive experience helping athletes at the beginner to intermediate level in taking the next step to achieving their goals and dreams.
Mark has been mentored by National and Olympic coach Lance Watson for the past 15 years.
Mark currently works with athletes at the Performance and Premier level.
- NCCP Certified Triathlon Coach
- University Education in Physical Education and Psychology
- Mentored for 15years by International Coach Lance Watson
- Professional Firefighter
- Certified Tower Crane & Technical High Angle Rope Instructor
- Level Three First Aid
- Head Coach, Nanaimo Triathlon Coach
- Swim Coach, Nanaimo Triathlon Club
- Former high-level ice hockey player and triathlete
"Sport is a life long endeavor. I believe it helps with every aspect of your personal development including building character, discipline, and a newfound respect and understanding of what your body is capable of. Coaching is a tool to help individuals attain their goals, whether to become an accomplished athlete, or pursuing fitness for health and life longevity. My strength lies in my determination to provide guidance through my knowledge and education of how the body and athlete mind works. I motivate athletes by drawing from my experience as a competitive athlete and my leadership skills as a certified coach. My career as a professional fire fighter along with my educational background in psychology and counseling contribute to my effectiveness as a coach in turn helping athletes to get the best out of themselves." I have coached many beginner Ironman athletes to success in completing their first ever Ironman and several all the way to the Hawaiian Ironman. I Love seeing the emotion, amazement and sense of accomplishment on the athletes face when they cross that finish line whether it be their first Tri or IM.
"Hi Mark, I'm sending you my time results, I enjoyed all the race, it was very hot 40 degrees C and in the bike a little windy, but I had a lot of fun! Thank Lance W. and Team and you (especially) for being so professionals. I will always be pleased for all the work you did with me, thanks again."
BIO - Andrew Powell
Based in Vancouver, Andrew Powell has been coaching triathletes, cyclists and runners for 5 years and has been involved in endurance sports for over 9 years. Along with his passion for endurance sports, Andrew is also passionate about helping others to grow and reach new levels of personal achievement. He came to the sport later in life at the age of 29 and quickly climbed to a high level having raced in the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Pro category for 3 seasons. This has helped Andrew to be a better coach in two ways; he knows what it takes to perform and train at a high level, and he also knows what it’s like to be new to the sport and having to learn everything from scratch. His innate ability to empathise with athletes and understand what they are going through and to help them understand what needs to be done to improve their physical and mental skills sets him apart from other coaches. Andrew sincerely cares about his athletes and goes out of his way to support and be there for them. He cares just as much about the athletes who are racing for personal achievement and fitness development as the ones who are racing to win.
Andrew has helped many athletes achieve multiple personal records on a regular basis. His ability as a coach has helped to put many of his athletes on the podium with results including National and Provincial age group triathlon Champion, overall winner at a triathlon race, multiple first place age category wins and podiums for triathlon and running races, as well as an overall podium finish at a Gran Fondo event.
As well as designing custom training programs for athletes, over the last few years Andrew has also been offering several group coaching opportunities in the Vancouver area including multiple weekly spin sessions, outdoor cycling interval workouts, track run workouts and masters swimming. He is also involved in the community and has served on the board of directors for a local non-profit triathlon club and has also been the head coach for triathlon and running events for Team in Training, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraising group.
Qualifications and Experience
- 5 Years of Coaching Experience
- NCCP Trained Triathlon Coach
- NCCP Trained Cycling Coach
- Infofit Personal Trainer Certificate
- Triathlon Club Board Member and Coach
- Team in Training Head Coach
- Former Pro Triathlete (Ironman 70.3, Ironman)
- National Age Group Triathlon Champion
- Provincial Age Group Triathlon Champion
“Thoughtful planning and the application of scientifically proven training methods are some of the keys to success. However, coaching is much more than just designing a training program, it’s also about understanding what the athletes are going through and being there to support and educate them. With proper education, an athlete will understand the purpose behind the program and have a better chance at achieving their goals.”
Andrew Gunn, Product Development Manager, Cobbs Bread
“The structure of the training and the explanations of what we were trying to achieve placed a much greater understanding on the big picture. I learnt what the different systems are in your body and why it’s important to train them all – easy workouts are there for a really good reason. For the first time I was training in heart rate zones, with a plan and purpose for each workout. It placed a better emphasis on each session and created smaller goals along the way to help achieve the big goals. The structure and planning of the workouts not only helped me plan those accordingly, but it also assisted in organizing most aspects of my life. Andrew provides the perfect amount of support and you never have any doubts about how much he believes in you and your abilities. His constant positivity makes it impossible to not think that you can achieve whatever it is that you set out to achieve."
Leandro Piazza, Scientist, BEST Theratronics
“Andrew was truly interested in my personal improvement as an athlete, his constant attention to my training and continuous feedback were the key to improvement. He brought me from scratch on the bike to complete two half ironman races in just six months.”
Alistair Russell, Manager, Structural Performance and Engineering Systems at CCANZ
“Andrew is easy to talk to and is very personable and social - essential characteristics for a triathlon coach.”
Bruce Regensburg started coaching triathlon over ten years ago and has had several of his athletes qualify for Hawaii. He has also represented Canada at the World Long Course ITU Age Group Championships. He has been involved with the ITU as Race Director for the Canadian Triathlon Championships in 1995 and held the position of Canadian Age Group Team Manager. He is certified in Triathlon, cycling and swimming.
Bruce has been involved in triathlon as a coach and athlete for almost 20 years. Bruce took up triathlon in his 40ï¿½s to provide a better life style. Since that time he has completed numerous short and long course triathlons. He has completed 8 Ironman including 2 times in Hawaii.
Bruce currently works with athletes at the Premier Level.
- NCCP Certified Triathlon Coach in Triathlon, Cycling and Swimming
- B.Sc. in Engineering
- Mentored for 10 years by International Coach Paul Regensburg
- Head Coach, SwimFit, Commonwealth Pool, Victoria, BC, Canada,
- Participant and past Manager of Triathlon Canada Age Group Team
- Race Director of the Canadian National Triathlon Championships, 1995
"Bruce believes that part of being a healthy individual is to have a good level of fitness. Triathlon is one of the best ways to develop and maintain fitness without overstressing the body. Staying healthy, and following a well thought out training program, while being supported by an experienced coach, is also the best way to improve your performance."
"Bruce's encouragement helped me to complete two Ironmans and one half Ironman since then, including the New Zealand and Arizona events this year, and St Croix last May. Your program is a great asset for people who are considering the sometimes intimidating but wonderful sport of triathlon."
"Through the first session and the second and now suddenly I can swim! Thank you for getting me to this lovely place. For all your patience, persistence and fine coaching, Cheers!!"
"Up Yellow Lake Pass and heading back to Penticton. Still feeling really strong. All the coaching and advice from Coach Bruce has left me feeling pretty good. I have probably taken in over 3,000 calories during my 6 1/2 hours on the bike. Nutrition is the key to this event and Bruce trained me well."
Mark Shorter is an NCCP certified triathlon coach who has completed over 88 marathons to date with a PR of 2:38. He began competing in triathlons in 1982 and has completed over 40 Ironman races with a PR of 10:02, winning national age group championships along the way. Mark started as an NCCP Gymnastics Coach and coaching in Lower Mainland Community Centres. He was also a Coach of the UBC Women’s Gymnastics Team. Coach Mark graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor in Physical Education and began working in the recreation/run/triathlon world. Mark has been coaching athletes in in running and triathlon for over 30 years. A number of his athletes have succeeded in marathons at Ironman, 70.3, Triathlon Championships, Boston Marathon, and Race Across America, even going as far as Worlds in a number of distances.
- NCCP Gymnastics Coach 1970’s and ‘80’s.
- UBC Gymnastics Coach Late 1970’s
- Bachelor in Physical Education from UBC
- Assistant Sports & Fitness Coordinator for Richmond Leisure Services
- Recreation Programmer at Dunbar and Kerrisdale Community Centre
- Over 30 years experience
“I believe that triathlon is a great testing ground for all of us, it gives us a chance to measure ourselves against the clock and other athletes in a safe, fun environment. We get to meet people from all walks of life that share a common bond. With proper training, coaching and hard work we can all become the best athletes that we want to be.”
Hance, Kentucky USA
“I first had the chance to work with Mark last summer at LifeSport's Louisville IM weekend camp. His advice has been great. Having an experienced coach custom build a plan around my schedule and goals enables me to utilize my limited time more effectively. I can train rather than figure out what to do next. I'm certain I've progressed faster than I could have otherwise and will be well prepared for this year’s Boston Marathon and Louisville IM.”
"Mark Shorter is a fantastic coach, but also a fantastic person. A testament to this is the fact that pretty much every athlete Mark coaches at some point refers to Mark as a good friend. Not just a their coach.
In the five plus years that Mark has been my coach I can without question say that Mark has been looking out for me and my goals. He has had my best interests at heart. His vast knowledge from years of triathlon racing and coaching experience are obvious. If I have questions, he has the answers to them.
Since Mark has been coaching me I have qualified for the USAT Olympic and Sprint National Championship, the Boston Marathon, the New York Marathon, and have had numerous PR's and Age Group wins.
You would be a lucky athlete to have Mark as your coach."
Brendan Mackenzie has a Bachelor in Kinesiology (2005) and over 10 years of experience as a Strength Coach and Exercise Specialist in Regina, Saskatchewan. He has been competing in triathlon since 2007 and coaching since 2011. In that short time, Brendan has attained numerous coaching and athletic accomplishments. He has coached athletes to Ironman World championships, ITU World Championships and numerous personal bests. Brendan's greatest coaching strength is his ability to uncover and target his athletes greatest limiter and transform it into a strength. It is this ability that has helped his athletes to continue to improve and achieve personal bests from year to year. With his degree in Kinesiology he has the capacity to understand all the systems of the body and how they interact to help it perform. He takes pride in his knowledge to improve physical, technical and mental skills and help his athletes be the best they can be.
- Bachelor of Kinesiology(BKIN)
- Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP)
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
- NCCP Certified Triathlon Coach
- NCCP Certified Cycling Coach
- Coach for Sask Junior Elite Team 2013-present
- Coach for Regina Multisport Club (One of Canada's Largest Triathlon Clubs) 2014-present
- Coach for Level 10 Lightning Endurance Team 2011-present
- Level 10 Strength Coach and Exercise Specialist 2005-present
- Saskatchewan Sport Medicine and Science Counsel Strength and Conditioning Coach (2009-present)
“I believe that everyone has the potential to be great. Most people can imagine themselves doing great things yet don't have all the knowledge needed to achieve their goals. As a coach I believe in helping my athletes to set realistic goals that mean something, teach them how to get there and keep them motivated along the way.
My philosophy in two words ... "Dream BIG!"
Based in Quebec, Philippe was Canada’s Elite National Team Head Coach in 2009 and 2010, and coach for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where Canadian Simon Whitfield won a Silver medal. He has been involved in triathlon since 1991, and previously competed at the national and international level. A former alpine ski coach, he started coaching triathlon in 1998. Philippe also coached the national junior team for 3 world championships (2006, 2007 and 2008) and was an accredited coach at the Pan Am Games in Rio in 2007.
He also founded Tri-O-Lacs in 2001, the biggest triathlon club in Quebec. With this club he came up with a long term development philosophy that enabled him to put numerous athletes on the provincial elite team and helped dozens of age-group athletes achieve their personal goals.
- 2011 Quebec Triathlon Team Head Coach
- 2009-2010 Senior National Team Coach
- 2008 Coach, Beijing Olympic Games
- 2007 Coach, Rio de Janeiro Pan Am Games
- 2006-2007 Quebec Coach of the Year
- NCCP Triathlon Comp intro Master Learning Facilitator
- NCCP Triathlon Comp dev. Certified coach and evaluator
- NCCP Level 3 Swimming
“I truly believe in maximizing an athlete’s potential through a smart and consistent training load. Planning is about applying sports science, mixing it with field expertise and tailoring it to make sure it fits the athlete’s goals.”
Louis Therien, Gatineau Quebec
“Since being coached by Philippe for a little over a year, I have seen my performance increase dramatically. Coach P, has played a key role in my development and has greatly influenced my training and racing performances. He has ensured that I am always prepared mentally and physically for all of my races. Because of his coaching skills and abilities, he has helped me qualify for the 2012 70.3 Ironman World Championships. Only an email away, he always takes the time to reply promptly. Without Philippe's advice and guidance, I would not be competing and getting the results that I currently am. Thanks Phil.”
Dan Smith is an NCCP certified triathlon coach with over 20 years coaching experience. He has been around endurance and high-performance sport his entire life, and has also coached/instructed sailing, boardsailing and snowboarding. For the past 9 years along with being LifeSport’s local head coach, Dan has been the face of the LifeSport Masters swim group and the Indoor Cycling program at Saanich Commonwealth Place. As well he leads weekly Saturday morning interval runs. He has guided many of his athletes to achieve their goals whether at local events or at Ironman and 70.3 World Championships.
Besides coaching, he is a top AG contender in all distances of triathlon having competed in Ironman, 70.3 and Xterra World Championships. Complementing his extensive sport experience is his technical knowledge, especially in cycling, having been involved in that industry for many years. Dan is LifeSport's technical equipment expert and at the leading edge of bicycle industry knowledge for power, bike fit and aerodynamics.
- NCCP Triathlon Comp Intro
- Training Peaks University
- Over 20 years’ experience
- Face of the LifeSport Masters Swim Group and the Indoor Cycling Program
- LifeSport’s Head Coach
- Top AG Contender
- LifeSport’s Technical Equipment Expert
“My coaching philosophy is to develop a realistic training plan that fits in each athlete’s life. Every racer is different and has unique needs. A coach must strive to find that balance of training and recovery, while including the many other aspects of life, that allows the athlete to achieve their goals. Training and racing must be enjoyable, otherwise long term development will be cut short. Physiological adaptation, nutrition and seasonal planning are all based on science, but I also have years of competition experience in different sports to draw from, as there are many aspects of racing that you don’t find out or appreciate unless you are there. “
Bill of Tucson, Arizona after Ironman New Zealand
"I got a spot to KONA!!!!! Man, what a sweet surprise...I cannot believe I am headed to KONA this fall.
I owe a lot of this accomplishment to you for taking the task of figuring out when and what to do for training away from me so I could just focus on doing what you had planned."
Christina of Madison, Alabama after finishing Pikes Peak marathon
"To sum it up, it was an AWESOME day. All of my visualization came true with me running the last mile feeling strong, great and with a huge smile on my face enjoying the accomplishment. Best piece was to have the experience of feeling stronger as the race went on, especially the last eight miles when so many others were visibly struggling. Bottom line, had a great time and am glad that I "checked the box. THANKS for everything."
Nicole of Calgary, Alberta after Cranbrook Half Ironman
"I'm just back from the race and it was the best Triathlon experience I've ever had. Thanks so much for your support leading up to this race. All the advice you gave me about effort, hydration and nutrition really prepared me well!"
Scott of Decatur, Alabama after Atomicman Half Ironman
"After 1 year and 3 months of training and 6 crappy triathlons I finally had a good one! Heck - I HAD A GREAT ONE! Never had to walk in the run. I am extremely pleased and grateful for your help. I needed a good race and am so motivated to have a good winters of training."
NCCP educated triathlon coach and accomplished athlete, Lucy Smith is a 15 time Canadian Champion and internationally ranked athlete in triathlon, duathlon, and distance running. She is a versatile competitor having achieved success over a range of events from 5000m on the track to the Ironman distance in triathlon. Since participating in her first fun run at age eleven, Lucy has developed her athletic career into a passionate full-time pursuit of excellence that has been rewarded with a Silver Medal at the World Duathlon Championships, Gold Medals at the Canada Games and Canadian University Championships, and countless podium finishes at international triathlon, duathlon and running competitions. Her accomplishments have been recognized with many National and Provincial "Athlete of the Year" Honours, and she was twice Athlete of the Year while a student at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Lucy has coached athletes to podium finishes in Ironman (elite and age group), Olympic distance, Triathlon, Duathlon and distance running.
- Coach since 1988
- Level III certified
- World Champion Coach
- National team athlete in triathlon, duathlon and distance running
- Coach of national champions and international athletes
- Degrees in Education and English literature
"I take a holistic approach to developing athletes over the mid and long term. I will help you find a balance between meeting your performance goals and striving for your dreams, while balancing family, career and life. I will share 25 years of racing and coaching experience to help you find out what you are truly capable of achieving, through support, encouragement and training expertise."
Kirsten Sweetland, World Junior Triathlon Champion
"She has so much knowledge and so many insights about everything a young athlete would need to know that conversations between her and I can just go on forever! There is so much to learn from her that I definitely became a different athlete in just a year being coached by her."
Gerard Vroomen, Founder and Owner of Cervelo
”Lucy coached me for the year leading up to my first Ironman. I've always found Lucy's workouts to be easy to follow, and if anything was unclear it was always explained quickly and clearly. If it's the journey that counts I can say it was a success."
Byron, Vancouver, Canada
“Lucy often speaks of personal excellence and over the couple of years while Lucy coached me, I ran personal best times almost every time I toed the start line. As coach and athlete, we worked as a team, setting short and long term goals, and developing periodized training cycles in order to continue to improve fitness, and maximize performance at specific times of the year. Lucy has a wealth of information in sport and was always sharing it with me and if she came across something new, she always passed it on to me. After competing in her own races, Lucy would often pass on insights she had gained from the experience. I have observed that Lucy applies her quest for excellence not only to her own athletic career and coaching, but to all aspects of life. Lucy has been an inspiration to me as both an athlete and a person.”
Sherri, Nanaimo, Canada
“For me you were really a life coach. You helped me see past my limitations, you made me take responsibility for my training and you helped me to look at events in a much larger sense than just a clock or a time.”
Coach Christopher Thomas has an extensive background in Multi-Sport and is certified from USA Triathlon. He has over fifteen years of coaching experience and is currently ranked as one of the top amateur triathletes in the world. Christopher is certified in personal training and weight room instruction from ACSM and AFAA. In addition, he is also certified by the International Sports Sciences Association as a Youth Fitness Trainer and Specialist in Fitness for Older Adults. Coach Christopher has also completed his certification in TRX Suspension Training.
- USAT Certified
- Certified in Personal Training and Weight Room Instruction from ACSM and AFAA
- Certified by the International Sports Sciences Association as a Youth Fitness Trainer and Specialist in Fitness for Older Adults.
- Certified in TRX Suspension Training
- 15 Years of Coaching Experience
- Extensive background in Multi-Sport
“I enjoy the entire journey of working with each athlete. Every athlete is different and has unique needs and goals. I work hard to partner and guide the athlete to their potential while maximizing their efficiency.”
“While in bed for over two months, (one of those in a coma) I felt I still owed something to myself. I embrace disgrace, as a blessing. I knew an Ironman, had a deeper sense of life and rejoin. I decided to start back from square one, learning how to walk and even eat by myself. Then, I started swimming and finally, came face to face with my biggest challenge, the bike.
Once I felt it was time to give back something to those who believed in me, I got in touch with the guy I knew was the one who knew me well enough to bring this crazy idea a real deal. Christopher Thomas was the man. I always had a profound respect and admiration about his career path. I dropped him a line asking if he would take me back on a new challenge?
We started slow, so slow that I said, this isn´t really going anywhere. Then things got funny and challenging. Later, a few weeks ahead of my biggest challenge, I was almost crawling to shower after tough core days. I knew, he knew me well and always asked me, how I felt! I felt like a truly professional, except, a bit cripple.
On race day my experience and love for life took the driver seat and I let myself really enjoy the ride and view. Switzerland was the right place to establish my come back. The tougher the better. I needed every single part of my broken body to realize I had not only beaten death, but also those who said, "that poor crazy bastard". Thanks to Coach Chris, and LifeSport Coaching. I conquered the world crossing that finish line that June 7th.”
Chuck Kemeny has been coaching endurance sport and triathlon for over 11 years and has been a competitive athlete his entire life. Coach Chuck has trained athletes with goals ranging from completing their first race to qualifying for World Championships. He has also had multiple athletes qualify for, and compete in, the World Championships for Olympic, 70.3, Ironman, and Ultraman distances. Many of his athletes have also achieved USAT All-American rankings and he has trained several athletes to Boston Marathon qualifications. Chuck coaches youth triathlon and swimming, sharing his love of the sport with the next generation.
Chuck is an accomplished athlete as well. He is the current world record holder for the Ultraman triathlon, a three day distance event and winner of the Double Iron/Anvil, a one day double ironman event. As a husband, father of three, businessman and successful athlete, he has a thorough understanding of how to balance life’s demands while still achieving your athletic goals.
- USAT Certified Triathlon Coach
- USA Swimming Certified Coach
- 11 years coaching experience
- Coached multiple world championship qualified athletes
- Experienced coach of beginner triathletes and first time Ironman athletes
- Ultraman Triathlon World Record Holder and Champion
- Former Professional Triathlete
- All-American Collegiate Swimmer
“My workout plans are centered around efficiency, effectiveness, opportunity, and when applicable, family. As a family man, coach, business owner, and athlete, I appreciate how valuable time can be. I want my athletes to live a full life while attaining their goals. I seek to help athletes find balance in their lives by maximizing the time they do have to devote to training.
In addition, I continually put a focus on fueling forward. This means focusing on the larger picture; nutritional needs, determining what needs to be done pre workout to ensure there is fuel in the system., what needs to be done during the workout to ensure the workout is finished with plenty of energy for the rest of the day, and post workout recovery nutrition to help ensure the system is replenished after each workout.”
“I have known Chuck for 2 years as my coach, mentor, and friend. From my first time swimming in a 50 meter pool to my finish at the 2013 Ironman World Championship in Kona, his advice and training helped me grow as an athlete in so many ways. Chuck's training programs pay special attention to quality nutrition, which he teaches, and is the key to performance and recovery in triathlon training. With inspiring world-record performances, Chuck also offers personal experience and clearly has a tremendous amount of knowledge.”
"As a five time Ironman finisher, I really believe in the priorities of family and having a balanced life. Chuck really understands balance and he takes this into consideration with my training plans. Besides always giving me great and immediate feedback on my workouts and questions, Chuck really helped me understand the importance of nutrition for optimal training and racing. Chuck taught me to dig deeper than I ever knew I could and how to properly recover from workouts so I could train hard day after day. When I saw the workouts on paper, I would say “no way” but he always knew what I was capable of and I was usually pumped at the end of the workout. When it came to racing, I raced smarter than I ever have in my life under Chuck’s guidance.”
"I am highly impressed with Chuck’s ability to provide concise illustrations as to exactly what I can do to improve, along with the fastest avenue to get there. I’m training less now, than ever, yet I’ve seen a significant drop in overall completion times as well as an increase in overall strength during my races. Chuck truly believes in creating a training program that fits within your schedule and allows you to achieve the success you’ve always dreamed of".
Olympian Carolyn Murray has been both an athlete and coach in High Performance for over 15 years. She completed a Kinesiology degree at Simon Fraser University while competing in varsity Track & Field. She has been to several World Championship events as a coach. To round out her incredible coaching experience, in 2014 she was appointed Head Coach for the Paratriathlon National Team and will guide these athletes to the first Paralympics for triathlon in Rio, 2016.
- Gold Coast Australia World Championships 2009- Guatemala Junior Coach
- Budapest, Hungary World Champs 2010- Canada Junior Coach
- Auckland, New Zealand World Champs 2012- Canada U23 Coach
- Edmonton, Canada World Champs 2014- Canada Para Head Coach
- National Triathlon Center Senior Development Coach 2012-2014
- National Coaching Certification Program(NCCP) CompDev Certified
- BSc. Kinesiology
- Registered Acupuncturist
“I have 4 key words that I believe are critical for athletic success.
- Intent: I coach because it is my passion to provide the framework and foundation to achieve excellence: The athlete must have intent and desire to push themselves beyond what they think is possible and be open to taking risks.
- Perseverance: this is not an easy path but the rewards are outstanding. We learn the most when we fail, it is how we react to failure that will take us to success. Even on our best days there will be challenges that must be overcome.
- Patience: success will not arrive overnight - consistent, attention to detail is essential. Each day is an opportunity to become a better athlete and have a greater purpose
- Communication: Open communication is the key to the partnership of an athlete and coach.”
Brennen Smith -Junior Development LifeSport athlete
“Carolyn Murray is a great coach! Carolyn draws on her extensive experience to provide the best individualized training for each of her athletes. I have never enjoyed working so hard before! She helps me prepare carefully for races so I can enjoy competition. Carolyn is also personable and caring; I trust her planning implicitly. Being a high performance coach for many years, having a Kinesiology degree, and as a former Olympian, she understands how athletes' bodies work.”
Alison Hooper- U23 Elite LifeSport athlete
“Carolyn has been a part of my triathlon career since I started in the sport in 2008. Carolyn is exceptional because she understands the sport from two perspectives. As a triathlete that represented Canada at the Olympic games, Carolyn understands the demands and challenges of being an elite athlete. Working with elite triathletes, she also knows what it takes to be a dedicated, diligent and successful coach. One of Carolyn’s strongest attributes is her ability to build relationships with her athletes through continuous communication. She respects that every athlete is unique and she has the ability to cater to individual strengths and weaknesses as well as different personalities. I am so grateful to have had Carolyn by my side over the last 6 years.”
Lance holds a degree in Human Kinetics, a minor in Sport Psychology. He is an NCCP Level IV certified master triathlon coach, and a NCCP Level III distance running coach. Lance has coached at numerous world championships and major Games, including the past 4 Olympic Games. In 2015 Lance was inducted into the Triathlon Hall of Fame for coaching. Lance specializes in coaching athletes of all abilities with busy life schedules, who want the most out of their available training time.
- NCCP level IV certified triathlon and level III distance running coach.
- Human Kinetics degree, psychology minor.
- Olympic Gold Medal Coach.
- Coach of 20+ Ironman winners.
- One of the most successful coaching track records in age group triathlon, internationally
- 25+ years coaching triathlon
- Coach of busy executives and ambitious age group athletes, of all abilities, who are interested in personal excellence.
“Every athlete, regardless of ability, deserves to learn about their potential and explore their capabilities. Each athlete is unique in their needs to maximize their training and racing experience and performance. With 25+ years of coaching experience comes the ability to quickly assess and target those developmental needs. In my programs, athletes tend to improve quickly initially, and take further, greater steps after completing 2-3 annual training cycles. I liken this to completing their bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree in triathlon. Every season we dig deeper into the finer points of training, psychology, sports nutrition, racing tactics and sports science.”
Lisa Bentley, 11 Time Ironman Champion. Toronto, Ontario.
“Lance has taught me everything that I know. He has been a tremendous coach and teacher. I totally look to Lance for guidance in my training and in balancing training and life. He truly understands the physiological aspects of training. He explains to me why the training is a certain way and what the benefit is; he explains the purpose. He explains how these aspects fit into the Macrocycle and then I understand. As long as I am a professional triathlete, Lance will be my coach. I still have an awful lot to learn, and he is the perfect mentor.”
Dan, Executive, Entrepreneur. Seattle, Washington.
"Working with Lance Watson for the last 2.5 years has been invaluable to my progress as an athlete. I have achieved new PR's at every distance while still maintaining an extremely busy work and home life. His knowledge of training and the process of physical adaptation allows me to get the utmost out of my limited time. Lance is a tremendous resource and the best investment I have made in my personal development."
Kim, Top American at Ironman World Championships. Vermont.
"When I saw the schedule I was like, ‘that man is crazy’. But once I got going I was like ‘that man is genius!’ How did you make me so fast so soon?"
Laura, Doctor, Mother of 3. Halifax, Nova Scotia
“Triathlon and running has been a big part of my life the last few years, and has taught me so much. It has been the obvious things like learning about hard work, commitment, time management, etc. I learned how pack a bike to fly anywhere in the world, learned how to swim draft a pro and how to bike into a crosswind of 60 km/hr down a mountain! I learned about nutrition and bike maintenance and injury prevention. I learned how to face the bad days with maturity and celebrate the good days with joy and pride. The biggest thing I learned...and you taught me Lance....was how to believe in myself:) It’s one of the best gifts I've ever received...so thank-you.”
Paul Regensburg is a senior coach and partner with LifeSport Coaching. Paul also leads the events division of LifeSport.
Paul is an internationally experienced triathlon coach and National Coaching Institute designated Master Coach (the highest possible level of certification in Canada). Paul’s coaching specialty is helping amateur and professional athletes develop to the next level and achieve their goals – in recent years he has coached 5 Age Group World Champions and assisted developing athletes in qualifying for Pan Am, Commonwealth and Olympic Games Teams. Paul also has the distinction of being the Triathlon Canada High Performance Director/Team Coach of gold medal winning teams through a full cycle of major multisport games including the 1999 Pan Am Games, 2000 Olympic Games, 2002 Commonwealth Games, and 2003 Pan Am Games, a feat unmatched by any other Canadian sport.
In 2000, he also provided color commentary for CBC's Olympic coverage of Simon Whitfield's historic sprint finish in front of the Sydney Opera House that brought Canada the gold medal in the Olympic debut of Triathlon.
- LifeSport Senior Triathlon Coach, Olympic Distance through Ironman, Current
- 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Coach/Advisor, Netherlands Triathlon Team
- Hawaii Ironman & 70.3 World Championships Coach, Pro/Amateur, 2005-current
- ITU World Triathlon Championship Coach, Elite and Age Group, 1996 - 2008
- Director and Coach of the Canadian National Triathlon Centre, 2000-2005
- 2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Canadian Triathlon Team Leader
- 2003 Pan American Games, Santa Domingo, Triathlon Team Coach
- 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester, Triathlon Coach
- 2000 Olympic Games, Sydney, Team Camp Leader / CBC Color Commentator
- BPHE Degree, NCI Diploma, NCI Triathlon Master Coach, NCCP Certifications in Cycling/Swimming, Level 3 Triathlon Official, Bronze Cross/RLSS/First Aid
- Triathlon Canada High Performance and Coaching Committee, 1997, 2005
- Head Coach,Commonwealth Triathlon Club, 2000-2007
- Head Coach, Keyano College Cross Country Running Team, 1999
- Head Coach, 98 World University Triathlon Championship, Germany
- Club Coach, Jasper Tri Club, Northern Lights Triathlon Club, St. Albert Tri Club
- Alberta Provincial Junior Coach, 1996 & 1997
- Alberta Summer Games Coach, 1993, 1995 & 1997
- Assisting the athlete in achieving their full athletic potential
- A Belief in the athletes ability to achieve
- The athlete gaining an education on how their body responds physically and mentally to training, adaptation, and competition
- Focus on the process goals to achieve the outcome
- Focus on details outside of training that promote athletic development
- Enjoying the opportunities of sport through international cultural experiences
- Professional athletes gaining the ability to receive financial success to earn a living through sport
- The athlete gaining experience and success at national and international competition
Carolyn, Victoria, Canada
I have worked with Paul for the last 5 years. Since moving to Victoria in 2001 I have improved from a development athlete to National Team and 2008 Beijing Olympic hopeful. I credit a huge part of this to the motivation, positive reinforcement and challenging program that Paul has provided. He has been an amazing supporter throughout my career and I definitely share my successes with him. It is not easy to find the right coach and I feel lucky to have the opportunity to work with Paul now and in the future.
"I knew next to nothing about swimming and biking and not much more about running when I called LifeSport in the spring of 2006. However, Paul obviously knew the sports from the basics to the advanced techniques. Since becoming my coach, he has talked, e-mailed, swam, peddled, and run me through drills, techniques, gadgets, and purpose with incredible patience and persistence. He helped me define my objectives which included training for Ironman Canada in 2006 while holding down a full time demanding job as Crown counsel. At the outset, he taught me it was all about process, not outcome. He focused my regimen on quality over quantity. The few times I got down on myself, or questioned why others were training harder and longer, he always pumped me up and put me back on the road of positive thoughts about my personal performance and goals. Paul is clearly committed to helping his athletes do their best. I'm a perfect example. I went from getting a bike, racing in my first half marathon, and having a swim lesson all in the spring of 2006, to qualifying for a coveted Kona slot at the end of the summer. I have no doubt that my faith and trust in Paul's coaching got me to the World Championships. And the best part is that I had an enormous amount of fun on my journey. It's obvious to me that Paul's a great coach because he loves it."