TWA coach Warren RinglerName: Warren Ringler

Group: MTA Grades 3-8

Background: I began running seriously in university as a member of my school cross-country team. Following graduation I continued competing, mainly in road races. I ran my first marathon in 2000 and have since done 19 more, including 2 with a jogging stroller and a PR of 2:38. I became a teacher that same year and have coached school cross-country and track teams and served as the cross-country pace bunny every year. I am still going strong in my 40s regularly placing amongst the masters leaders in both road races, cross country and multi sport events. As an athlete and a coach, I look forward to new running challenges in the future!

Coaching motto: In running, as in life, the more you put into something, the more satisfaction you get out.

Most memorable race: I ran leg 11 of The Cabot Trail Relay in Nova Scotia which begins just before midnight. Most of the       race is down a mountain overlooking the moon lit ocean. The Disney World Marathon was also a neat experience. The race begins  at 5:30 am so you run through empty theme parks as the sun rises. 

Interesting fact: My running is fueled by a plant based diet. 

 

Masters running Cross-country raceMasters running club torontoName: Jill Cameron

Group: High School1500/3000/Steeplechase/Cross-country 

Background: Jill 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) and 7th at OFSAA track in the 3000m. Her club team 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.

Coaching motto: 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.

Most memorable race: Second year senior OFSAA cross-country championships. Jill was 8th as a first-year senior so was coming back for a medal as a second-year senior. This year’s course was very flat and fast in contrast to the previous year with challenging hills. Jill placed 3rd at pre-OFSAA and was excited. On race day, she ran as hard as she could go but placed 15th. She knew she gave it her all but wasn’t happy with her place. When she turned around in the finishing shoot to see her entire team in the top 20, she had a smile on her face as she knew the team title was secure.

Interesting fact: Jill has published a scientific article in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 

Toronto Running CoachName: Geoff Cameron 

Group: High School1500/3000/Steeplechase/Cross-country
Background: 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. 
Most memorable race: 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
Coaching Motto: 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!!
Interesting fact: 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!!

 

Toronto Running coachName: Mike Housley

Group: high school and university aged athletes.

Background: He has coached  for almost 20 years and has coached at the high school and university level, focusing on middle distance runners.

He 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.

 

 

 

 

Name: Gary Westgate

Group: university aged athletes.

Coaching motto: My 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.

Background: 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.

My 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.