Competitive Program Coaches
Alex Bouzane was a CIAU competitor in pole vault for both UBC and the University of Saskatchewan. He competed at the 1990 and 1995 Western Canada Games, as well as the 1993 Canada Games. He trained with one of Canada’s top decathlon/heptathlon coaches, Lyle Sanderson, for six years as well as two of Canada’s top pole vault coaches, Rick and Susanne Petrucha, for over ten years. Besides having a medical degree, Alex also has a Masters of Science in Physiology with an emphasis on Exercise Physiology. Alex coaches pole vault, jumps and sprints.
Sean Dixon (Head Coach) was the recipient of the 2013 BC Athletic’s Excellence in Coaching Award in the Junior Development category. He has served with the club for years in various capacities, including President, and is the common fixture at all practices. Sean coaches middle distance and cross-country. Sean continues to run in many half and full marathon distances. Sean has Level 1 Coaching Certification for Track and Field.
Jason Delasalle, inductee of the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame, is a 3 x Paralympic medalist, winning a silver medal in javelin in ’92 in Barcelona and a gold in pentathlon and bronze in discus in ’96 in Atlanta. He also competed at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games, before retiring from active competition in 2004. Jason coaches throws and multi-events.
Frances Hanson-Monnie began her running career with the Coquitlam Cheetahs when she was 9 years old. There she trained under Percy Perry. She still holds top ten placings in hurdles from when she was a JD competitor. She also competed in back to back BC Games and throughout high school in distance and sprint hurdles. Frances coaches sprints and hurdles.
Yvonne Mensah began competing in track and field at age 9. She was a 3 x BC Highschool track and field champion in grade 12 in the 100m, 200m and 100mh, setting a meet record in the 100m with a time of 11.64. Yvonne signed a full athletic scholarship with the University of Illinois, working with world-renowned hurdle coach, Gary Winkler. She went on to win 15 Big Ten conference titles, 3 All American titles, a Big Ten Medal of Honour, and was named one of Illinois’ top 20 Athletes of the Decade. Yvonne graduated from the University of Illinois with Honours with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Yvonne won the 400mh at the 2008 Canadian Olympic Trials; unfortunately, her track career ended early due to a knee injury that required surgery.
Yvonne holds her Doctorate of Chiropractic Medicine from Parker University in Dallas, Texas, where she had the privilege of working with the team chiropractor for the Dallas Stars and New England Patriot. Passionate about basic fundamental training and understanding the importance of building a strong foundation at a young age to keep healthy, Yvonne has worked extensively with young athletes helping them to stay healthy and uninjured. With a passion for biomechanics and technique, it has always been a goal of Yvonne’s to come back to BC and work with young track athletes in helping them to achieve success in their athletic goals.
Kevin Smith was a CWUAA competitor in pole vault with the University of Calgary and trained under Les Gramantik, a former Senior National Program Coach with Athletics Canada. He also competed as a decathlete as a midget aged athlete. He has a degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Calgary and was a physical education teacher for 9 years. He has a long coaching background having coached at the triple AAA, senior high level in both volleyball and track and field. He was also the head coach for the Powell River Track and Field Club for years where he coached from JD up to nationally ranked, junior athletes. Kevin is a Level II (Club Coach) trained coach and coaches throws, jumps and multi-events.
Cristina Weir a Saskatoon native, was a competitive gymnast in her youth then transitioned to pole vault and trained under Rick and Suzanne Petrucha, two of Canada’s top pole vault coaches. She competed in both the 1995 and 1996 Canadian Junior National championships and won silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the pole vault as well as once holding the Junior National record. Cristina was also a competitive sprinter, long, high and triple jumper as well as hurdler. She has her Level 3 NCCP certification for gymnastics and coached high school track in her home province of Saskatchewan. Cristina coaches jumps, sprints, and conditioning.
Bob Dalton is a former BC High School 100 and 200m champion who went on to win several BC Provincial Championships and to compete for UBC at five CIAU national championships in events ranging from 60m to 600m. Bob represented Canada at the 1982 Pan Am Junior Games in the 100m, where he was part of the silver medal winning 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams, with the 4x100m team setting a Canadian Junior record at the time. A fast starter, he finished 3rd over 60 meters at the Indoor National championships in 1984 but, finding himself just off the pace of Canada’s top sprinters, he moved up to the 400m before retiring from track and taking up triathlon and bike racing. He has extensive experience working with kids, having coached hockey for 10 years with a focus on sportsmanship and playing with joy.
Nick Parnell holds a degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia and has his Level 1 coaching certification from the National Coaching Certification Program. Nick coaches sprints, conditioning and cross country running.
Glenn Leung is a BCRPA Certified Fitness Leader in weight training, and has been coaching with the club since 2013. He started coaching the Intro to Track group, and is now working with the Junior Development group in conditioning, and general skills training. He continues to learn the technical skills from the other coaches of the club, and has taken the Sports Coach training through the National Coaching Certification Program. He enjoys being active in martial arts, mountain biking and running.
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