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COACHES
​IAN CAMERON - sprints/hurdles/jumps/throws
(tfcameron@hotmail.com)

-NCCP - LEVEL 3 - jumps - (Theory, Practical, Technical)
- LEVEL 2 - sprints/hurdles
-BC SUMMER GAMES - ZONE 2 (Thompson/Okanagan) Team Coach - 7 times.
-ZONE 2TEAM HEAD COACH - 5 times.
-BC PROVINCIAL TEAM COACH - CANADIAN LEGION CHAMPIONSHIPS (15/16/17 yr. olds) - sprints/hurdles/relays or jumps/combined events - 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
- HEAD COACH - 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
-BC PROVINCIAL TEAM COACH - CDN.JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (18 & 19 yrs. old) - sprints/hurdles/relays - 2005, 2010.
-BC ATHLETICS JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT COACHING AWARD - 2004.
-COACHES ASSOCIATION OF BC - HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE YEAR - 2004.
-BC ATHLETICS SENIOR COMMITTEE MEMBER - Sprints/hurdles - 2007 to 2011.
-Long-time teacher (now retired) and coach at PVSS in Armstrong.
-PVSS track teams have won 25 Valley Championship Pennants in the last 11 years.
-Recently (2014) apprenticed for one week at the World Athletics Centre in Phoenix, Arizona under world-renowned coaches Dan Pfaff, Andreas Behm, and Stuart MacMillan.


John Machuga - Middle Distance
(jmachuga@gmail.com)

​- 26 years of competitive running on the Track, Road, Cross country, Trail, and Ultra in distances ranging from 100m to 100km.
-Won 4 medals (2 gold, 2 bronze) at National competitions as a Junior and Masters runner.
-18 years of coaching experience with various organizations; Kelowna Track and Field Club, Okanagan Running Club, Vernon Amateur Athletic Association, Kelowna Christian School
-Coached athletes ranging in age from 9 years old to 75 years. Also ranging in experience from brand new runners to national champions.
NCCP COURSES
-competition part A and B
-road running 
-club coach endurance


Darlene Loland - JD Program
(dmloland@shaw.ca)

-former national level high jumper
-university track and field scholarship recipient 
-30 years track and field experience
-coached ages 6-18 in provincial elementary schools, private schools and city track and field clubs
-coaching membership with BC Athletics
-certified Run-Jump-Throw coach NCCP
-designed/ran high jump coaching clinics for competitive athletes, other jumps coaches and teachers
-currently teaching at BX Elem. School
-NCCP Sport Coach (Theory, Practical, Technical) for every event
-Multi sport NCCP Make Ethical Decisions certification 
-NCCP course modules on nutrition, concussion, long term athlete development
-NCCP Club Coach - sprints, hurdles, relays
-High Performance training course in jumps (high, long, triple) by USA Olympic jumps coach
-Community First Aid certification/CPR


Glen Bond - JD Program

-Glenn is accomplished endurance athlete in cross country skiing, (Western Canadian champion, BC champion, top 5 in Canada cup series and raced at World Cup) paddling, biking, running ( interior trail running champ) and more.
-owns and operates “Glenn Bond Events” which include XC SKI CAMPS and the Okanagan Trestles Tour.
-Glenn and his family enjoy many outdoor adventures in the Okanagan.
-training to train level in cross country skiing
-CCI advanced coaching certificate in cross country skiing

Ciff Acob - JD Program

Hedley Larson - Throws

Grant Barry - Track Rascals
Erica Livett - Track Rascals
EXECUTIVE
  • President                                       Christine Blyth / Grant Barry
  •                Past President                               Darlene Loland
  • Vice President                                Liz Ariano
  • Secretary                                       Kara Leahy
  • Treasurer                                       Onna Stoll
  • Membership Registrar                     Sandie Gibson
  • Events Registrar                             Open
​EQUIPMENT
Club Equipment

With the support of our many volunteers and fundraisers we have been able to accumulate top quality equipment for all the events we coach for our athletes. Track and Field equipment, if treated with respect has a very long shelf life. It is hard to wear out a shot put unless left out in the rain. You will see a lot of the equipment gets used by the various coaches during the season. Some of it is easy to move from place to place. However, some of it requires several people to move (high jump mats, hurdles).
Parents--if you see someone in need of help please jump in and assist. It will speed up the practice and the coaches will really appreciate it.

Individual Athlete Equipment

If you are just getting started with track and field the best equipment you can bring to the track is:
1. A quality water bottle
2. A good pair of running shoes. They need not be super expensive but the lighter the better.
Do not come to the track expecting to run in sandals, soccer cleats, or skateboard shoes. This footwear offers little support or traction when running and jumping.
Do You Need Track Spikes?
Most young athletes can usually practice and compete in a quality pair of running shoes. However, as their competition levels and skills develop they may want to try wearing track/field spikes.
Before going out and purchasing spikes talk to your coach. There are different track shoes for different events. Also, different brands fit differently. One thing that the club does each year is collect old track spikes that no longer fit athletes and save them for athletes that may need to use them for track meets. So please just ask a coach if your child is searching for spikes.
The other items an athlete needs for a good practice session is comfortable and warm clothes. Yes, shorts and a t-shirt will work in May and June but until then a long sleeved sweatshirt and long sweat pants or tights are required. It is easier to take layers off once warmed up. Again, talk to your coach for more guidance and ideas.