The Toronto Triathlon Club coaching staff are all NCCP Community Trained or higher to provide you with safe and effective training opportunities. Their activities include:
In alphabetical order:
Eric been coaching athletes towards their running and triathlon goals for over 7 years. He is a trained NCCP coach (Triathlon and Cycling) and certified cycling instructor and works with athletes of all abilities – from those just learning to run – to Ironman competitors.
Eric fell in love with running and triathlon in 2004 and have developed an ever-growing passion for the sport – and for coaching others – helping them to achieve their goals. Eric has competed in various distances of running, cycling and triathlon events from 5km to Iron-distance.
A former student-athlete from the University of Tulsa, Justin competed in Track Cross Country, and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and is a sport conditioning specialist. Currently, Justin is training as a professional track athlete with ambitions to represent Canada in 2016. Justin’s unique background allows him to apply his experience and knowledge of the structure and function of the body to his athletes in helping them achieve their personal fitness goals. When working with Justin, you can expect a challenging and progressive training design specific for the individual. His focus is on not only training hard, but also training smart. Injury prevention, sport specificity, and long-term development are all key components to Justin’s training.
Kent Kikot is able to bring a high level of swimming experience to the Toronto Tri Club through his 11 years as a competitive swimmer. Within this past decade of racing and training, Kent has developed and honed his technical skills in the pool, and become aptly capable at imprinting these skills upon other swimmers. "What we aim to do for these tri-athletes is translate their fitness on land into the water, and the best way to do that is to focus on technical aspects of the sport". Kent trusts that by stressing technique these athletes will see a greater improvement in their efficiency and speed through the water. Kent is an NCCP Community Trained coach in Triathlon.
Michael is a triathlete, distance runner, coach, and personal trainer. He is an NCCP Trained Community Triathlon Coach, certified personal trainer, and a certified kettlebell instructor. An engineer by trade, Michael practices a scientific approach to training.
Michael’s passion for training and fitness came later on in life. He was on no varsity or high school track teams and only started training in his mid-twenties. His motivation and passion for endurance sports grew from fascination with the body’s ability to adapt. The ability of anyone to go ‘couch to half marathon’ in less than half a year – given motivation and appropriate training and nutrition – is what inspired Michael to take up coaching as a career.
Always searching for an edge in performance, Michael recently discovered the benefits of strength training. He is now convinced of its importance in endurance events. He believes that the adult amateur athlete will see substantial performance gains by incorporating strength and conditioning training in their regimen.
I was always an endurance runner but when I hit 40 I wanted a new challenge and saw the sport of triathlon as the perfect fit to meet that challenge.
I had grown up watching Ironman Hawaii on the television and these athletes seemed to be a breed apart. I started with Olympic distance as this was what I thought would be the ultimate challenge for me but through training and setting new expectations, I can now say I have run the gamut from Try-a-Tri all the way up to UltraMarathons and UltraTriathlons. I plan to continue to push and find new challenges no matter how big.
I believe everyone can achieve their goals if they are passionate about it and willing to invest the time and effort. I completed my NCCP Community Trained Triathlon Coach course and I am always to looking to impart the knowledge I have picked up along the way to help others achieve their dreams.
Ryan is an ex-competitive swimmer with a love for cyber security and endurance sports.
Having created and run a Triathlon/Master swim program while attending university, he brings prior coaching experience and an understanding of all swimmer’s needs as they pursue their individual goals.
Being dared by an old team mate, Ryan competed in his first triathlon in 2011 and has been hooked since. He has competed in multiple triathlons a year—completing Ironman, half iron, and Olympic distance races. Some personal best results are qualifying for Half Ironman World Championships, multiple top 3 age group finishes, and AWA silver athlete classification over the past 3 years.
Ryan loves supporting others in achieving their goals and is excited to share his passion with others in TTC.
As part of living an active and healthy lifestyle, Kevin did his first triathlon in 1999. Since then it has been a mission of self-discovery to reach new personal bests, tackle challenging events, and help others live a healthy lifestyle and improve.
Kevin has completed over 50 races of varying distances including several Ironmans, half Ironmans, and marathons. His passion for racing continues to grow along with his desire to learn more about training and racing and to share that knowledge. He complements his racing experience as an trained NCCP triathlon coach. In 2011 Kevin decided to leave his job in the financial services industry and make his part-time coaching business a full-time career. He's never looked back and his passion for all things coaching, learning, training and racing grows stronger every year.
Kevin has been instructing at WattsUp and coaching individual athletes since 2010. As WattsUp's Manager, Kevin enjoys interacting with the athletes, learning about their goals and helping them achieve them. He is inspired by the WattsUp athletes and their commitment to improve and make fitness a priority in their lives.
Jock has had a great deal of experience in competitive swimming, participating at Varsity and Masters levels. Early in his swimming career he was trained for distance swimming both in the pool and open water. An early open water training session swimming up the Credit River past the floating debris from a landfill site and through the foam of a filtration plant has given him a healthy respect for the challenges and unpredictability of open water swimming. He has been a swimming coach for sixteen years and enjoys helping swimmers improve their speed and endurance and achieving their personal bests either in completion or even within a work out.
David first started racing triathlon in 1996.After a 13 year hiatus, he returned to triathlon in 2010 to help maintain a healthy lifestyle and set an example for his daughter.
After spending a few seasons showing up to races undertrained with disappointing results, David attended his first training camp with the TTC in 2013. That experience had a profound impact on his approach to training and his level of engagement with the sport.
David is passionate about helping other athletes achieve their goals and push beyond their perceived limits. David is an NCCP Community Trained Triathlon Coach, a three time Ironman finisher, and will be representing Canada at the 2016 ITU Age-Group World Championships in Cozumel.
Tara has been coaching triathletes since 2010 and runners since 2008. She is a Certified NCCP Triathlon Competition Introduction Coach and NCCP Cycling Coach [Intro to Comp -trained], Certified Personal Trainer, and Registered Nutritional Consultant. She founded HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) in 2006 with the desire to help people be healthy and fit! Tara works with athletes of all abilities. Tara has been participating in triathlon since 2007 when she completed her first Try-A-Tri. While Tara has completed races of all distances she has been competitive at the Sprint and Olympic distance races, participating on three ITU Age-Group World teams (Budapest 2010, London 2013 and Chicago 2015).
Tara is passionate about triathlon and coaching people to their goals in Triathlon.
I have been competing in Triathlon since 2012 when I completed my first Sprint distance triathlon and became hooked. Prior to doing that first race I had decided I needed to get fit and lose some (read a lot of!) weight. Since then I have lost over 80lb and have become a fairly strong Triathlete. In the last year I have become a lot more involved with the TTC and have group led a couple of rides. In January 2015 I completed the NCCP Community Trained Triathlon Coach course and became a trained Triathlon Community Coach. I love supporting new people to the sport to achieve their goals and assisting experienced triathletes in improving themselves to achieve whatever goal they have set themselves for the season.
I would say that the lure of triathlon and Ironman has been in the back of my mind since it first appeared on tv in the mid 80’s. It just seemed so cool and impossible at the same time. Something I could surely never do. Well, that proved to be wrong. I have been a member of TTC for quite a few years now and recently obtained my NCCP community coach qualification. Racing wise I have completed two Ironmans, (one in the top 10% overall), a few halves, a bunch of marathons and last year I even won the TTF for my age group. I have become a pretty decent racer thanks to the TTC, but it was not always this way. I would say that Triathlon has been a bit of a savior for me. Having been a participant in this sport during my high-school years and an all around extremely fit person, then frittering away my fitness and general health during my 20’s I reached a personal low point. A place where I did not want to be. After a cathartic realization I slowly slowly started to build myself back up from the ashes so to speak. I began by running a block or two at a time and long story short ended up running 10k for warmup. Over the course of this transformation I have learned a lot about this sport and what it takes to compete at a decent level. I am always willing to share what I have learned so that I can help other people achieve similar success. If you see me out there don’t hesitate to chat.
Kyle has a B.A. in Physical Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and is a NCCP endurance coach. He’s been coaching competitive track and field athletes for the past 5 years. Kyle focuses on proper athlete development, physical conditioning, and running mechanics to help athletes reach their full potential. He is the founder and head coach with the Blue Devils Athletic Club which has athletes from elementary age to masters.
Kyle is currently ranked among Canada's top athletes in the 800m with a personal best time of 1:46.83. His racing has taken him around the world competing for Canada. He is a 2 time Canadian Silver Medalist, and 2 time Canadian Record Holder. His personal bests also include 15:17 in the 5km, 31:33 in the 10km, and 1:12.10 in the Half Marathon.
Miranda is a NCCP Community Triathlon and Swim Coach who has also been educated in Molecular Biochemistry, Exercise Science and Massage Therapy. She has been coaching competitive swimming for 14 years and triathlon for 4 years. Miranda was also a competitive swimmer herself. Since 1996 she has competed at the Provincial, National and Masters level. Currently, Miranda competes in triathlon as a Professional, specializing in the longer distance events. Miranda looks forward to sharing her passion for swimming, biking and running, and her extensive knowledge of both swimming and triathlon with the members of the Toronto Triathlon Club.
Ben Devito has been coaching for up to 5 years for various track and field teams. He has coached athletes in various age groups in different events. He is completing his bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto. He is also currently training and competing for the University of Toronto Track and Cross country team. He’s has had his own athletic experiences as he has competed in numerous provincial and national championships for track and cross country. He has his NCCP level 1 sport coach as well as his fundamentals of movement certificate.
Phaedra is a distance runner, triathlete and coach and has recently become an avid road cyclist. She started running in her late 20’s and raced everything from 5km to the marathon. She discovered triathlon in 2004 and has toed the line at every distance from sprint to Ironman, the sprint distance being where she is most competitive. She took a break from the sport for a few years in 2009 but came back to it in 2012 with a renewed passion.
She started coaching in an effort to share her passion for endurance sports and works with athletes of all abilities. She is an NAASFP Certified Run Coach and an NCCP Trained Triathlon coach. She believes that the key to successful racing is training both the body and the mind.
The Toronto Triathlon Club announced in May 2006 that NRG Performance Training would provide coaching services for the club. Head coach Nigel Gray and Associate Coach Fiona Whitby provide coaching services, with contributions by other NRG Performance Training staff as needed. NRG Performance Training specializes in endurance sports training. They combine science and experience to provide a balanced coaching program that keeps their athletes motivated, healthy and racing fast!
Sylvie is a former professional long course triathlete with multiple top10 finishes as an elite athlete in long distance triathlons (IM and HIM) and multiple age group wins as an amateur at all distances. She has raced numerous Ironmans (with sub 10 hour finishes) with 3 qualifications at the IM world Championship in Kona, twice as a professional athlete and once as an amateur with a podium finish. She has received numerous awards including OAT short course and long course AG athlete of the year as well as Canadian long course AG athlete of the year among others. Before triathlons, Sylvie used to race competitively in rowing at the National and international level.
Sylvie is a triathlon coach (NCCP adult community and competition introduction) with over 10 year of full time coaching experience with NRG Performance Training. With personalized programs Sylvie has guided numerous athletes from all levels achieve their goals of anything from finishing their first triathlon to qualifying to the short course World Championships and IM World Championship and getting to the podium too! She created the training programs for the Toronto Triathlon Club and has over 10 years experience running numerous multi day camps, clinics, presentations and one on one sessions covering all aspects of triathlon training and racing. From her scientific background (Bsc Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), she uses her keen interest and knowledge of sound scientific principles combined with her extensive experience as an elite endurance athlete to design well balanced programs that are challenging yet flexible and adaptable to the athlete’s life context. She also uses her extensive racing experience to help her clients with the more subtle art of developing a good feel, understand and mental preparedness for their training and racing.
Nigel has been a prominent local triathlon coach for many years and in 2005 received the OAT Coach of the Year Award. He's been racing as a triathlete and duathlete since the early 1990's, with a key highlight being his 3rd place finish (top Canadian) at Ironman Canada 2005 (8:42) earning him at spot at the 2005 World Championships at Ironman Hawaii. Nigel brings a wealth of coaching experience to the club. Part of that knowledge comes from having trained and raced all over the world including North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He has experienced many highs and low in his professional racing career and is able to take his lessons learned and apply the knowledge to his athletes, in motivating and exciting them about their training and racing.
Fiona's love for sports started early in high school where she ran cross-country in the fall, Nordic skied in the winter and ran track in the spring. After graduating from Queen's University where she earned her degree in Physical Education, her triathlon racing career started and she has competed in Sprint races up to the Ironman level. Fiona has been coaching athletes since high school where she taught sailing for 10 years. In her role as Director at Athletes First she has overseen the implementation of the coaching programs, designed and instructed triathlon clinics (from beginner to advanced), written clinic manuals and led indoor cycling sessions. Key certifications held by Fiona include being a Certified Athletic Therapist, Certified Bike Fit Specialist - Serotta & FIST, and Masters Swim Coach.
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