Meet the Coaches

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Garrett Collier
Head Coach, AD Throws Coach

Jul 2015 - Present      Richmond, BC

 

Technical Manager Track & Field - BC Athletics

Nov 2011 - Sep 2016

 

Associate Coach - University of Hawaii at Manoa

Aug 2002 - Jun 2011

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Luca Molinari
AD Javelin Coach

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Ziggy Szelagowicz
AD High Performance High Jump Coach

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Nurten Tasdemir
AD Endurance Coach

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Yuriy Myroshnichenko
AD Distance Hurdles Coach

Middle and Long distance head coach
Certified club coach 

Started running at 13 years old and trained as a competitive athlete until age of 40.
 

Started coaching high school kids as a PE teacher 

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Byron Jack
AD Lead Coach
Intermediate Sprints and Jumps

Kajaks coach since 1985

Certified as a Level 3 Jumps and Level 3 Sprints and Hurdles Coach

Bachelor degrees in Physical Education and Education, as well as a Masters of Education (Coaching Studies) at UBC

National level triple-jumper - competed at 20 straight Senior National track and field championships (including five Olympic trials) 

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Michaela Colluney
AD Sprints Hurdle Coach

with a sub speciality in multi events

Certified Club coach and completing Performance coach certification

A Registered Kinesiologist with certifications in Functional Movement Systems, Active Isolated Stretch, Movement therapy and rehabilitation

Former Canadian national team member for 400m Hurdles

Has an extensive background in athletics as a hurdler, sprinter and jumper

Achieved several district and NAIA championships as track team captain for SFU

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Jacob Emerson
AD Sprints and Jumps Coach

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Jackson Cheung
AD Sprints and Hurdles Coach

Kajaks coach since May 2018 

Sport coach in Speed/Power events for Track and Field and physical preparation

Strength and Conditioning coach -Richmond Olympic Oval 

Academic background in Psychology, Philosophy, and English

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Carly Paracholski
 JD Lead Coach

Kajaks coach since 2018

Certified Sport Coach 

Middle-distance athlete who specialized in the 400m and 800m

Was part of the Canadian Junior Team, Team Manitoba, Arizona State University, UVic, and Sisler High School. 

Multi-sport athlete who competed in soccer, basketball, and volleyball

Favorite event: 200m

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Jacob Loewen
JD Lead Coach - T&F and XC

Kajaks coach since 2014

 

NCCP Certified Sport Coach 

Level 1 BC athletics official

 

Richmond School Teacher, Hiker, DJ, Runner, Gamer, Cook, Ultimate player.

 

Kajaks athlete since grade 11. Haa been competing in local road racing and cross country series since then. 

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Lee Hunter
JD Coach

 

Kajaks coach since 2018

Coaches in multiple disciplines

Retired teacher who was Involved in track in the Richmond School District for over 30 years. Joined Kajaks after retiring from the Richmond School District

 

2021 British Columbia Amateur Athletics Award 

Excellence in Coaching 

Junior Development Athletics 

 

2015 Richmond Sports Council Award 

Builder & Administrator 

( Development of Track and Field Programs - Elementary Schools) 

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Bailey Brodie
 JD Coach - T&F and XC

Kajaks coach since 2017

Certified personal trainer 

CPR/AED certification with Red Cross

Bachelor degree in Kinesiology UBC

 

Kajaks athlete since 2011 

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Selin Tasdemir
JD Coach

Kajaks coach since 2017

Certified sport coach

Coached Track Rascals and JDs

Middle distance athlete who has been training and competing with Kajaks since 2014 

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Danielle Cosco
JD Coach
 

Kajaks coach since 2016

Run, Jump & Throw Coach and NCCP High School Club Coach 

Coached Track Rascals and JDs

Kajaks athlete for 9 years with a background in middle distance, long sprints, and hurdles.

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Kezia Kawamura
 JD Coach

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Jeremy Hopwood
JD Coach

NCCP Certified Sport Coach

2019-Present

 

  • Competitive Kajaks athlete for over 5 years(middle/long distance)

  • Club Volleyball player, Basketball player and Gymnast

  • Sport Leader-Richmond Olympic Oval

 

Kezia believes that Track and Field is the foundation of every sport and views sport as a mode of empowerment. As a JD Coach, she strives to empower Kajaks members to become the best athletes and people they can be by using a participative approach: “Connect, Encourage, Teach, Inspire."

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Kieran Osborne
JD Coach

 

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Soleah Allen
Track Rascals/JD Asst coach

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Meghan Smith
Track Rascals/JD Asst Coach

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Rebecca Chen
Track Rascals/JD Asst Coach

CCP Certified Coach

Coached Track Rascals, JDs, and High School Track Team

Kajaks athlete since 2019, competing in sprints and jumps.

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Avril Douglas
 Track Rascals Lead Coach - retired

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Track Rascals Assistant Coach

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Track Rascals Assistant Coach

Meet the Staff

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Dereck Hamada
President

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Karen Fisher-Hagel
Club Manager