In the next series of posts, I would like to take the opportunity to tell a few more stories and thank some of the coaches who have helped shape me as a person and as an athlete.
Let’s start with my first official coach, Gord Salt.
Wow. Cameron. Where do I even begin to start with Cameron? I’ve seen Cameron grow so much as an athlete and as a person over the past 5 years. This year I had my mind blown wide open by Cameron and her husband Bryson at their wedding. Before we get there, let’s rewind to Wildflower 2010, the first race I got to see Cameron perform.
I’ve only been coaching Debbie for 3 or 4 months, but I feel like we’ve gotten to know each other fairly well in that short amount of time. I certainly don’t know everything, like her favourite food, movie, or colour, but I think I’m getting a pretty good idea of what makes Debbie tick. That’s why I’m so fired up to write this post.
Jonathan, JT, Torch, The Terminator. . . I dunno, I just made that last one up right now, but I think The Terminator would be a good nickname for Jonathan.
Jonathan is another one of the athletes that I’m privileged to work with from our Winnipeg crew. We started working together in early 2015 with the plan of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. JT is a super talented runner who also works as a Paramedic which means night shifts, long shifts, and probably lots of stuff I’ve never heard of.
Dave and I started working together just over a year ago. We met when he and his wife hosted me at Ironman 70.3 Calgary in 2015.
There are so many cool things about Dave. He plays the guitar, well. He speaks Spanish. He rides a sweet motorcycle, and he does triathlon. It’s pretty awesome for me find someone who does so many cool things that I would like to do.
Our next athlete spotlight is on Carla Jackman. I first met Carla in the summer of 2015 at 70.3 Calgary when she and her husband hosted me at their home in Calgary for the weekend. We hit it off pretty much right away, must be something about being fellow dog people:)
Next, I would like to introduce you to Trevor Myshrall. I had the absolute pleasure of working with Trevor for the 16 months leading up to Ironman Mont Tremblant this year. One of the cool things with Trevor is that inspiration is absolutely a two-way street, or more like the launching pad for a space ship:)
Over the next few posts, I would like to share with you and celebrate some the fantastic performances from the athletes I’ve had the pleasure of coaching this past season.
Let’s start with Jason, the JBall himself.