We are very pleased to have the following presenters join us for the 2018 Canada Strong Coaching Conference:
Duff Gibson, Keynote Speaker, Gold Medalist at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy
Duff Gibson was involved with high performance sport for over 25 years beginning in 1989 when Duff moved to Calgary to get his Master’s degree in Kinesiology. As an athlete, Duff was both a World Champion in 2004 and Olympic Champion at the Torino Games in 2006 in the sport of skeleton. Duff was also named Canada’s male athlete of the year for 2006. As a coach, Duff led eight different athletes to a top four finish or higher at a World Cup or World Championship level and considers the work he did inspiring discipline and collaboration within the team as being the key to their success. Having moved on from coaching after the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Duff has become very involved with youth sport launching Dark Horse Athletic in early 2016. Dark Horse is about developing athleticism with a multi-sport approach and above all, inspiring kids to participate for the love of sport. Duff lives with his wife Jen and sons Geddy and Taye in Calgary and is a Captain with the Calgary Fire Department.
Chris Neve, Director of Canada Strong Climbing, Head Coach of Canada’s Youth National Climbing Team
Chris has been coaching youth competition climbing teams since 1996 and is currently the Head Coach of the Canmore Junior Team in Canmore, Alberta. In 2010, he was hired as a Coach for Canada’s Youth National Team and became the Head Coach for the team in 2013, a position he still holds. With the youth national team, he has traveled to 9 Youth World Championships and 4 Pan American Championships around the world, including the recent Youth World Championships hosted in Moscow, Russia.
Steve Bechtel, Canada Strong Climbing Advisor, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Climb Strong
Steve is the founder of Climb Strong. A climber for more than 30 years, Steve has established over 300 new routes across the globe, from grade VI big wall free climbs to 25-foot sport routes on his home crags near Lander, Wyoming, USA. An exercise science graduate of the University of Wyoming, Steve has been studying and experimenting with climbing training methods since his teens. After spending a few years as a full-time climber, Steve opened Elemental Performance + Fitness in 2002. Elemental is a full-service gym in Lander, but was built around the training needs of high-level climbers. Steve spends most of his time these days presenting on climbing training methods and assisting climbing coaches with their programs.
Dr. Jared Vagy, Canada Strong Climbing Advisor, Doctor of Physiotherapy, University of Southern California, The Climbing Doctor
Dr. Jared Vagy, a Doctor of Physical Therapy and an experienced climber, has devoted his career and studies to climbing-related injury prevention, orthopedics, and movement science. He authored the Amazon #1 best-selling book Climb Injury-Free, and is a frequent contributor to Climbing Magazine. He is also a professor at the University of Southern California, an internationally recognized lecturer, and a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist.
Kelly Drager, Canada Strong Climbing Advisor, Sport Dietician, Canadian Sport Institute
Kelly Drager is a Performance Dietitian at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary working with Wrestling Canada Lutte, Skate Canada, Alpine Canada, Men’s Water Polo, Cross Country Skiing, Biathlon, and Para-Nordic. She has a Bachelor of Physical Education: Exercise Physiology from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition at the University of Alberta. Her MSc in Exercise Physiology at the University of Alberta explored the Female Athlete Triad where she compared energy availability of female athletes and non-athletes. Kelly’s other passion is rock climbing, where she is constantly seeking ways to push her own physical and mental limits to exceed at the sport.
Alayne Hing, Mental Performance Consultant, Canadian Sport Institute, Elite Edge
Alayne Hing founded Elite Edge in 2006 after graduating with an M.Sc. in Sport/Performance Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. Alayne is a Mental Performance Consultant who is a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA), the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and is the North American Representative for the European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology (ENYSSP). Alayne has worked with various teams and individual athletes, and in addition to private clients, she is currently affiliated with the Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary. Alayne is dedicated to work with both individual athletes and teams within the provincial, national and international sport systems to help them reach their peak performance with confidence. Topics of specialty include Motivation/Activation, Relaxation/Anxiety Reduction, Imagery/Visualization, Deliberate Practice, Optimal Zone of Performance, Mindfulness, and Pre-Performance Routines.
Dr. Justin Tan, Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine, Movement and Health Legacy Ambassador for lululemon Athletica and Clear Float Spa, Instructor for Rocktape
Dr. Justin is fascinated by movement and is committed to a practice of personal and collective growth. With a passion for continual learning and sharing, he thrives off of cultivating experiences and evidence informed knowledge surrounding movement, self-development, and life optimization. Justin innovated Rollax, a movement therapy system that engages and optimizes the brain-body connection. He is a movement and health legacy ambassador for Lululemon Athletica and Clear Float Spa, is a privileged Instructor for the movement company, Rocktape. Currently practicing in Calgary, Alberta, Justin empowers and inspires his clients through a movement and biospsychosocial approach, to move freely while living an optimally healthy life of value, love and coherence.
Dr. Amy Bender, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary
Dr. Bender is Senior Research Scientist at Calgary Counselling Centre and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She received her PhD and Master of Science degrees in Experimental Psychology from Washington State University specializing in sleep EEG. She has optimized sleep in numerous Canadian Olympic Team athletes, the Calgary Flames, and other peak performers. Her research interests stem from being an athlete herself; she is a Hall of Fame basketball player, has enjoyed some rock climbing and mountaineering, completed an Ironman in 2009, and currently runs after her 3 children who are all 5 and under. She is driven to help high-performers optimize sleep to enhance their well-being and productivity.
Tiffany Melius, Founder & Principal Coach, Force of Nature Coaching
Born and raised in Brisbane, Australia, Tiffany Melius now lives and climbs in North Vancouver, Canada. From a young age, her passion for excellence and her willingness to put in hard work has manifested itself both professionally and in her sporting successes. At 14, her interest in gymnastics waning, she searched for a new sport to challenge her and became hooked on rock climbing. Within three months she was entering competitions and has since gone on to represent Australia in events around the world. In 2016, Tiffany became the Australian Women’s Bouldering Champion and in 2017 became the Oceania Continental Climbing Champion. In addition to being a competitive climber, Tiffany is a nonprofit leader (Executive Director of New View Society) and a life coach (Force of Nature Coaching). She has been successful in bringing the principles of life coaching into climber athlete development through her own personal development work, one-on-one coaching, facilitating group workshops, and speaking at conferences for climbing coaches. Now she is pursuing the dream of competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Jeff, Osadec, Masters in Kinesiology, Certified Exercise Physiologist, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Jeff Osadec has coached for the past 10 years working with athletes both young and national level. Jeff holds degrees in General Studies (’00) and Education (’02) from Brandon University, Exercise and Sport Science (’05) from the University of Manitoba and a Masters in Kinesiology (’09) from the University of Calgary. Jeff joined the Canadian Sport Institute full time in the fall of 2011 as a strength coach and physiologist. Jeff is certified as a physiologist from Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and as a strength and conditioning coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Bonar McCallum, Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist, Kinstretch Level 1 Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer, Lead Teacher at Move to Move
Physicality has always been one of the most important aspects of my life. This pursuit, I feel, is contrary to societal norms. The message I have been subject to is that physicality is a great pastime, but there are higher priorities where you should focus your energy. I have also received the message that high level physical pursuits are for the young and when you get older, other responsibilities should take priority in your life. It has taken me the first half century of my life to understand that my desire to live and work pursuing physicality is OK, and this path is fulfilling unto itself. I have found greatest fulfillment in life when I am using my own body to its fullest potential and helping others to do so. I have acted on this realization by seeking out world class teachers to learn from, by developing my own movement practice, committing to teaching others and by pushing my standards in rock climbing.
Lea Juskiewicz, Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist, Kinstretch Level 1 Instructor, Lead Physical Therapist at Move to Move
I’ve been a Physiotherapist for over a decade and over the last few years I have seen a positive shift in the profession. Physiotherapists are starting to move away from largely providing passive treatments to using an active, movement-based approach that empowers and educates clients. This is exciting to me! I strongly believe that to properly assess and treat a client is to take a step back and spend time observing their movements, see how they perform in their environment. By observing basic human movements such as a deep squat, you can quickly screen the lower extremity and assess joint range of motion and strength. Assessing for control and joint dissociation should be as simple as asking the client to do another task. Can they do it or not? If not, I want to be able to give the client the tools to be able to achieve the task and in the future, have them be able to add complexity into those basic human movements.