Paul Osland – Mid-Distance Head Coach
Paul is a former member of the Canadian National Track and Field Team. He competed in numerous international events including the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the Pan American Games, and the World Student Games.
He is now the coach of the Masters Middle Distance group at the University of Toronto Track Club, and continues to run as an elite mid-distance Masters runner. He won a Gold medal at the 2005 World Masters Championships, a Silver and a Bronze medal at the 2007 World Masters Championships, two Silver medals and a Bronze medal at the 2009 World Masters Championships, a Silver medal at the 2010 World Masters Indoor Championships, and two Bronze medals in 2013.
In addition, Paul generously gives back to the athletic community through his position as the President of The Canadian Masters Athletic Association.
Courtney Babcock – Distance Coach
Over the course of her 13-year professional running career, Courtney participated in the Olympic Games, as well as several World Championships and Commonwealth Games – she still holds the Canadian records of the 5,000m and 10,000m. Nowadays, she continues to enjoy running and competing – she is the reigning world masters champion of the 1500m.
Courtney also gives back: She is an enthusiastic and encouraging coach who loves guiding runners to achieve their goals. After coaching at the NCAA division-1 level very successfully for 5 years, she became a founding member for her local running club and enjoys coaching runners of all ages.
Walter Faion – Marathon Coach
For Walter, marathon running and coaching is more than a job – it has been his way of life for many years: He has run marathons all over the world (39 of them so far) and has a PB of 2:28. Walter has also run too many half-marathons to count – the fastest in 1:08. He trained with world-class runners and has coached runners himself for several years too. With such experience as a runner and as a coach, he fully understands what it takes to help you reach your goal – whether it is achieving a certain time or simply reaching the finish line for the first time.
Doug Consiglio – Distance Coach
Doug competed in numerous International events including the Olympics and the World Indoor Championships. He held numerous Canadian records and is the first Canadian to have ever run a sub four-minute mile indoors. He was also NCAA champion while attending the University of Arkansas.
Doug coached for 3 years at Auburn University followed by 3 more years as a coach for the Nike Farm Team in California. He has also coached about 3,000 marathoners over a period of 8 years.
Doug enjoys working with runners of all types and helping them achieve their goals!
Chris Lemassif – Sprints Head Coach
Chris is a former elite athlete. He was a member of the French national team for four years, and remains an avid competitor on the Masters international circuit: He participated in five World Masters Championships finals, and won two Silver medals and a Bronze.
Chris is also passionate about bringing more people to track and field: He served on the Board of Ontario Masters Athletics, and is the coach of the Masters Sprints group at the University of Toronto Track Club.
Ana Ciganovic – Hurdles Coach
Ana is a former elite hurdler – a 5-time national champion who participated in two world championships and whose national records still hold to this day.
Since retiring from elite competition, she has constantly been involved in our sport as a masters athlete (two-time silver medallist at the world masters championships), as an international-level referee (officiating at IAAF World Cup and Grand Prix events) and as a coach (she has trained several Croatian national champions and national record holders.)
Ana’s grasp of all three elements needed to succeed (technique, power and biomechanics) is impeccable, and her years of coaching experience have turned her into a master at teaching them. She is very passionate about our sport and loves helping her athletes reach their best level – like the masters athlete she recently coached to a world championship bronze medal.
Ming Tsai – Triathlon Coach
As an elite rower, Ming competed at many international events including World Championships and World Cups. Since converting to racing in multi-sport events, he has represented Canada in several age-group World Championships in Duathlon and Triathlon (Olympic and 70.3 distances).
He has been coaching cycling, running and triathlon for 15 years. His technical knowledge, interpersonal skills and hard work have earned him to be recognised as the Triathlon Coach of the Year by Triathlon Ontario in 2015. He also holds a PhD in exercise physiology and is an NCCP level-3 coach.
Zule Simsich – Jumps and Strength & Conditioning Coach
Zule is a former elite athlete who represented Croatia in international competitions in athletics (as a long jumper, sprinter and member of the 4x100m national team) – and bobsled. After retiring from competition and completing his degree in kinesiology, he focussed on his coaching career – the athletes he trained have so far won a total of 7 national titles in sprints and jumps.
Zule also has a keen interest and an internationally recognized competency in strength and conditioning. Among the athletes he currently trains are two professional football players, two professional tennis players (ranked 34th on the WTA and 4th on the ATP respectively) and a professional handball player.
As you see, Zule has a complete understanding of what is required (physically, technically and mentally) to improve and succeed in sprints, jumps and more.