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Kajaks announces new Head Coach - Byron Jack

We are very pleased to announce our new Head Coach.

Byron Jack, our current Sprints & Jumps Lead Coach, has accepted the position, effective immediately.

In Byron’s own words: “I am pleased to take on the role of Head Coach for the Kajaks Track and Field Club. I have an extensive history with the club. In 1980, when I started as an athlete, my father Moseley, was recruited to coach for Kajaks. That inspired me to become a coach while in high school. Along the way, I spent time as a Junior Development, high school, and university athlete. I competed at the Senior national level for many years, and I have competed as a Masters athlete as well. I have obtained extensive knowledge and experience coaching a wide range of events, age groups, and abilities, in many different settings, from track rascals to university, including over 25 years as a high school track and field and cross country coach. I have also spent several years on the Kajaks Board of Directors and as a BC Athletics event chairperson.

The Kajaks have had a long and storied history. I feel honored and excited to help guide the Kajaks in the positive direction in which it has been going, and to continue to grow and advance the club. Garrett Collier was the Head Coach for nearly a decade. All of the excellent work he has done, like his father Richard, before him, means that there are huge shoes to fill. However, with guidance from President (Dereck Hamada) and Club Manager (Karen Fisher-Hagel), as well as an amazing group of board members, coaches, athletes, parents, and volunteers, I have no doubt that the Kajaks family will continue to prosper in the future.”

Byron can be contacted at Please congratulate him and support him going forward!

Get to know BYRON JACK

Byron reached the national level as a triple-jumper. As a youngster, he competed in jumps, sprints, hurdles and middle distance. He competed in track and field at Grauer Elementary, Burnett Junior High, Richmond High, UBC and Kajaks. Byron also played college soccer at Langara. He joined Kajaks in 1980 and began coaching with the club in 1985. Byron is a two time BC high school champion in the triple jump. While at UBC he won several Canada West and CIAU medals. He was both an athletic and academic all-Canadian. Perhaps Byron's biggest claim to fame is that he competed at 20 straight Senior National track and field championships (including 5 Olympic trials) where he was a medalist and finalist on several occasions.

Byron has bachelor degrees in Physical Education and Education as well as a Masters of Education (Coaching Studies). He is certified as a level 3 Jumps and Level 3 Sprints and Hurdles Coach. He is a certified Run Jump Throw Wheel instructor and learning facilitator.

Byron is currently the Lead coach with the Kajaks Intermediate sprints and jumps group. In addition to Kajaks, he teaches Physical Education at Lord Byng Secondary School and coaches cross country and track and field, winning 10 consecutive city track and field championships from 2010 to 2019. He also coaches with the Vancouver Thunderbirds and UBC. Byron has coached many BC High School Championship, BC Club Championship and Canadian Championship medalists and helped many of his athletes to athletic scholarships in Canada and the US. He has coached, managed and chaperoned many BC Summer Games, Canadian Legion, BC Junior and BC Senior teams. Byron has competed at the Masters’ Level internationally in throws, jumps, hurdles and multi-events. In 2021, he was the recipient of the Mike Alina Award for coaching excellence in the Vancouver School Board. He is the son of legendary JD coach, Moseley Jack.

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