Jim Graham

Graham-1Jim started running in grade 4 and was a member of the 100 km club.  In high school he was an avid cross country and track runner with a best finish of 16th at OFSAA.  He has achieved personal bests of 16:33/5km, 32:58/10km, 2:47.38 at the Ottawa Marathon and 6:33 for 50 km for a mountain trail race.

Jim has run 14 marathons, including 2 Boston Marathons and is one of a handful of Canadians to have run across the Grand Canyon and back in one day. (76 km)

Graham-2Track and Cross Country Coach at the elementary level for 13 years with several city and provincial champions and many happy motivated athletes,  Jim makes running goal oriented and fun for his athletes.

When asked about his running philosophy Jim says, “Running gets people outdoors, relieves stress, allows us to do our best, compete against ourselves, set realistic goals and have fun”!

Warren Ringler

Ringler-1Warren currently assists Jim with the elementary school group. He is pleased to be working with such an experienced group of coaches and a dedicated group of young athletes. As an elementary school teacher, Warren has coached cross-country and track and field for 17 years leading numerous athletes to TDESAA city championship medals. He has led many more across the finish line as the bunny at school cross-country races.

Ringler-2Warren got into running seriously during university when he anchored the unheralded Nipissing University cross country squad becoming the first Laker to compete in the CIS National Championships. Following graduation Warren stuck with running setting the following personal bests on the road 16:01 (5km), 26:38 (8 km), 32:35 (10 km), 1:13:50 (half marathon), 2:38:56 (marathon) and a 3:02 marathon with his daughter in a running stroller. Most of these times were run after the age of 35 and all by self-coaching and training. He also dabbles in triathlons having completed a half and a full ironman. Warren has dawned the Toronto West colors twice in the past few months placing 7th at the provincial masters cross-country championships and running a 2:46 marathon in Philadelphia finishing 5th in the 40+ age category.

Warren loves nothing more than getting out for a run with his running family. He believes that running is the ideal sport for anyone of all ages and abilities looking to stay fit; have fun and test personal limits.

Jill Cameron 

Cameron-1Jill’s coaching philosophy recognizes each athlete as an individual with their own strengths and potential for development and success. She recognizes the importance of a comprehensive approach to athlete development that includes a solid foundation of running, core strength, a healthy diet and lifestyle, and balancing their training with their education and other activities. As a coach, Jill emphasizes the importance of discipline and trust. Discipline recognizes the importance of putting in the work in a consistent manner to optimize the benefits of your training. Trust relates to believing that after putting in the work, the results will follow. As a coach, Jill gets most excited when she sees athletes begin to realize and achieve their potential.

Cameron-2Jill comes to coaching from a competitive track and cross-country back ground where she competed in high school and university. Highlights of her running career include placing 8th at OFSAA cross-country and leading her team to OFSAA team titles three times (and one second place). Her club team also won the Canadian junior cross-country team title. In university, Jill achieved All Canadian status for cross country running when she placed 7th at the Canadian University championships. On the track, Jill has run 2:18 (800m), 4:34 (1500m), and 9:47 (3,000m) personal best times. Jill has always loved the variety and challenges associated with cross-country running and the emphasis on running personal best times on the track.

Geoff Cameron 

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Coach Geoff started running in grade 9, initially without much success but he luckily had a fantastic high school coach who understood that there are a million diamonds in the rough. During his high school career Geoff saw huge jumps in performance, for not just for him but also for his rural school teammates. Imagine 4 novice athletes, whose best grade 9 performance was a 4:54 1500 meter (none of the other boys broke 5 minutes), and by senior year his team just missed an OFSAA gold cross country medal by only 3 points.  All his team received NCAA scholarships! 

Following high school Geoff took an NCAA Division 1 scholarship to the University of South Florida, where he ran very well and was consistently second man on the team, even though he was only a rookie! This is where Geoff began a long career and mentoring by many of the U.S. and Canada’s most renowned coaches.  

Over Geoff’s long running career he has accumulated an impressive list of personal achievements across many distances, on the track, on the road, and in cross country. For example, he was 2nd indoors at the 1990 Ontario 800 meter championships 1:57.35. This was one of his most proud achievements, being a not so fast guy. In 1997 he was a Team Canada Ekiden Member, his first national team at 32 years of age, and in 2015 he was the second fastest 50-year-old Canadian in the half marathon clocking in at 1:17:58.

Having a long career and experiencing a range of coaching philosophies Geoff knows that there is no single formula for success. Every athlete is unique, but also benefits from working with their teammates and this is critical to understanding that “your” training program will include a mix a team and individual training regimens. Younger athletes need to take care and do the little things that matter such as healthy eating and rest, and coaches need to provide a program that includes balancing the human body systems for strength, speed, endurance and growth. The road can be bumpy and the road can be smooth, but Geoff says, you learn much more from the bad times and never take for granted the good. Most importantly, never count anyone out, ever!!

As an example, Geoff raced and became friends in high school with Doug Consilgio. At this time another local competitor, Malcom Gladwell, the bestselling author of Blink and The Tipping Point was the number-one Canadian runner of his age, and has since then authored “The Myth of Prodigy and Why it Matters”. Gladwell recounts racing against as one of the poorer runners when they were young — Doug Consiglio, a “gawky kid” of whom all the other kids asked “Why does he even bother?” Well Doug went on to represent Canada at the Olympics, win multiple NCAA titles and held the Canadian 1500 record at 3:35. Not too bad for a kid with no talent!!

Mike Housley

Housley-1Mike Housley is coaching the high school and university aged athletes. He has coached  for almost 20 years and has coached at the high school and university level, focusing on middle distance runners.

Coach for High School and UniversityHe has helped athletes obtain scholarships to Harvard, St John’s, Notre Dame and Alaska! His athletes have also run for U of T, Guelph, and Western.

In his competitive years Mike won multiple provincial and national medals and one of his proudest achievements was as a member of a  Canadian national record holding 4×800 team, a  record that lasted for 30 years. His coaching philosophy is for his athletes to see the big picture and develop their full potential over several years. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and will always be a Powerboy.

Gary Westgate

westgate-1My philosophy to training is a simple one. What an athlete puts into it, their commitment, their dedication, their desire to learn, their willingness to trust. This is what I in return give every athlete I’ll coach, regardless of ability.

As a coach, I have been fortunate over the past 7 years guiding several athletes to OFSAA, Ontario and National Championships at track and Cross Country. I don’t consider myself a specialist at any particular distance. I do consider myself a student of this sport and crave to constantly learn and improve. If you’re someone who wants to compete and improve, then I look forward to working with you. My primary focus is on College and Senior aged athletes.

westgate-2My background in athletics began at the age of 12. I ran my first race in primary school and I was hooked. I had a good high school and college running career. I didn’t really peak as an athlete until I had completed all my schooling. I was fortunate enough to represent Canada at many World championships, from cross country, track and road races, gaining valuable experience travelling the world.  My peak came in 1992 when I qualified for the Barcelona Olympics. However I was unable to compete due to an injury. A few of my personal best times still rank in the top 10 all-time Canadian rankings. My best performances are, track: 8:07 3000m, 13:55 5000m, 28:33 10,000m. Roads: 13:48 5km, 23:11 8km, 28:37 10km, 45:23 15km, 48:03 10 miles and a 1:03:21 half marathon. I ran my only marathon when I turned 40, running 2:52:24. I swore I’d never do another one and so far I haven’t.

Thanks for your interest in our club, I know between all our coaches, we have a spot that you can flourish and realize your goals.