The Canmore Nordic Ski Club has several coaches and volunteers to keep our programs running smoothly. Here’s a profile of staff coaches:
Program Director, Learn to Compete Plus & Team R.A.D. Coach
Alain is responsible for overseeing all programs delivered by the Canmore Nordic Ski Club, ensuring that high quality training and coaching is provided at all levels. He mentors the clubs paid and volunteer coaches and is directly involved with coaching the older high performance athletes.
Alain has previously managed and coached the Yukon Ski Team for 6 years and the Junior National Ski Team for 8 years. He has been involved in many high performance competitions including coaching at twelve Junior and Senior World Championships and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. Alain has also delivered dozens of coaching courses across the country.
Learn to Compete & Train to Train Coach
Matt grew up cross country ski racing in Sun Valley, Idaho. After finishing high school, he took a year off to study in Norway and immerse himself in Nordic skiing. He was a division 1 NCAA racer at the University of Nevada for 4 years, and then supported the team as an assistant coach while finishing up his University degrees in Economics and Management. He began as a volunteer with CNSC when he first moved to Canmore in 2011, but has steadily taken on more responsibility to reach is current coaching position.
In February 2015, Matt will be the assistant coach on the Canmore Nordic Ski Club European trip to Switzerland and France.
Biathlon Head Coach
Rachel grew up on a farm in rural Manitoba where she mastered the skills of bale jumping and stone picking. Somewhere between collecting chicken eggs and driving around the John Deere tractor, she fell in love with the sport of Biathlon and soon began training as a part of the provincial team. After graduating in 2009, Rachel moved to Winnipeg to begin university and subsequently began coaching for the province. After representing Manitoba at the Canada Winter Games in 2011, she completed the switch from athlete to coach and was named the Provincial Head Coach of Biathlon Manitoba the following year.
While upgrading her coaching certifications, Rachel earned a Bachelor of Physical Education in 2013 and Bachelor of Education in 2015 from the University of Manitoba. Over the summer of 2015 she completed an apprenticeship with the National Biathlon Team and also works as an assistant coach for the Biathlon Alberta Training Centre.
Train to Train Coach & LC/R.A.D. Strength Coach
Contrary to the great Aussie stereotype, coach Allison grew up skiing and yes, it does snow in Australia!! She was lucky enough to live in Mt Beauty, near the ski resort of Falls Creek in Victoria. “Throughout my schooling I was involved in a lot of different sports from swimming, diving, softball, basketball, netball, middle distance and cross country running but there is something about XC skiing that just stuck, I love it! Being outdoors in the fresh air, amongst nature, you determine your speed and where you want to go. What could be better?!”
Coach Allison possesses a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sports Coaching and a Diploma of Education in Physical Education and Health Education. She is a certified level 2 cross country ski coach with the Ski and Snowboard Australian Sports Commission. She was given the opportunity to work with the ACT (Provincial) junior ski team and learned a lot about motivating and managing young people. This provided a stepping stone to working with the national junior team. She is also qualified as a personal trainer, fitness instructor and strength and conditioning coach.
Track Attack Coach
Justin grew up in Seattle, and experienced three Olympic Games as a member of the U.S. Cross-Country team: Lillehammer in 1994, Nagano in 1998 and Salt Lake City in 2002, where he achieved his best result: a fifth-place finish in the 4×10-kilometre relay event. He attended the 2006 Games in Turin, and the 2010 Games in Whistler/Vancouver as a coach with the U.S. Cross-Country team. Following the 2010 Games, Justin relocated to Canmore with hi wife Beckie Scott and took on the head coaching position for Canada.
Coaching the TA kids reminds me of what I love about sports the most – doing something outside for the pure and simple joy of it. I feel like the energy the kids come with brings me to a great place, and it makes every session super fun for me.