Nakkertok has a large number of experienced and enthusiastic coaches and waxing technicians to meet the needs and wide range of our many athletes:
Kieran Jones – Head Coach – Learning to Compete/Training to Compete
Kieran’s first association with Nakkertok came as a midget skier back in the days when you could load the whole ski team into a single, aging Dodge Minivan. After moving through the ranks of the Nakkertok racing team, Kieran went off to the University of Waterloo where he practiced the fine art of balancing varsity cross country skiing, a variety of sports, both real and fantasy, and courses in 19th century Russian history. Along the way he started to take a few coaching courses and realized that he might be able to stretch this gig even further by picking up some part-time coaching work back at his old alma mater. So far so good. These days Kieran is mostly occupied with keeping the L2C athletes fit and focused, and taking some lumps from the clever ones. Outside of Nakkertok, Kieran is a fairly big deal journalist, writing on a wide selection of ski related topics for FasterSkier.com. Outside of skiing, Kieran enjoys bouldering, hiking, chopping wood with his father, and drinking tea.
Geoff Tomlinson – Head Coach – Training to Train
When he was of RR/Midget age he was introduced to cross-country skiing. And didn’t enjoy the experience. He is one of those wishful athletes that requires, knowledge, time and patience to master anything. The three things that didn’t exist for him (and many others) back then. His experience is so completely different from his sister’s initial cross-country ski experience. It took a long time for him to have his cross-country skiing epiphany. (There are many but for coaching it has to be the first Bunny rabbit class he led. Like most he was reluctant and was essentially coerced into leading but after 2 minutes he was awakened. That was almost 13 years ago.) Once the revelation was upon him, he I vowed that any young skier in his care would receive as much patience, time and knowledge as it took for them to enjoy cross-country skiing and to be a skill-full skier.
Stamps: Level 2 NCCP skiing, Level 2 rugby, Cross-country coaching course facilitator, B.Sc./B.Ed
Philosophy: He coaches to win = He coaches so that every athlete learns how to persevere to improve. Everybody Plays.
Peter Lloyd – Coach – Learning to Compete
Peter is an avid cross-country skier and has been coaching with the Nakkertok Ski Club at all levels since 2000. Peter’s completed his Level 2 NCCP and is working on his Level 3 certification. He’s been cross country ski racing for over 30 years and has a BSc degree in Bio-Physical Education (Kinesiology) from Concordia University.
Peter was one of the Coaches that led Nakkertok to a Club victory at the Quebec Provincial Midgets Norams in 2003 and a second place finish at the Canadian nationals in 2008. In 2005, he coached the Outaouais Divisional team at the Jeux Du Quebec. Peter has been working over the past couple of years primarily with the Junior Racing Team. He enjoys seeing the athletes having fun, and continuing to improve in all aspects of their performance. Peter has also competed and coached Triathlon racing and holds a Level 1 Technical certification in that sport.
Gilles Bérubé – Head Wax Technician
Gilles Bérubé est membre du Club Nakkertok depuis 2001 et occupe le poste de farteur en chef depuis 2005. Il a fait ses débuts en ski de fond de compétition en 1981 et a participé à plusieurs championnats Canadiens, Coupes Québec et à de nombreux loppets (Keskinada, Marcialonga, Mont Valin).
Gilles est entrepreneur en construction-rénovation et s’est impliqué dans la construction du chalet Owl en 2005 et du chalet principal en 2006. Il aime le travail d’équipe et possède un bon sens de l’humour.
Durant ces années sur le circuit de compétition , il a développé une expertise dans le domaine du fartage et de la préparation des bases. Il est passionné de la bonne glisse et du travail bien fait. Il vient tout juste de compléter son niveau I comme entraîneur communautaire. Comme nous tous,chaque automne il attend avec impatience l’arrivée des premiers flocons…
Lyle Cameron – Training To Train
Lyle is a level 3 XC coach and was at one time head coach of the Outaouais Regional Ski Team, the Club Ullois and coordinator and head coach of the Quebec Ski Team. In 1987, Lyle and his wife Céline Giguère (a former long time member of the Canadian XC Ski Team) coached the Quebec ski team to 11 XC medals at the Canada Games. Lyle was an assistant coach at the 88 Calgary Olympics and has two of his children active at the club. One day, he plans on resuming his level 4 certification.
Megan Cumming – Coach – Training to Train
Megan Cumming started with Nakkertok as a Jackrabbit skier many, many years ago. Climbing the program ladder, she made her way up to the racing team and a few years later found success in biathlon. Megan also participated in swimming at a national level throughout most of her career as a skier.
After a stint as a Jackrabbit instructor, Megan moved decided to lend a hand to the bigger, louder, and faster kids on the racing team. Her main role is helping midget-level skiers have fun and become capable, confident skiers.
Megan is currently working on some coaching certifications. She holds a degree in Physical and Health Education and takes a keen interest the stuff that fuels skiers – food and nutrition.
Luc Groulx – Training to Train/Learning to Compete
Luc joined Nakkertok in 2002 and has been supporting the coaching staff since then, as well as being a familiar face in the waxing room at the Midgets NORAMs and at the Nationals. He has been actively coaching since 2006, first with the Racing Rabbits and now with the Train to Train group and Learn to Compete groups, making sure everyone has fun while honing their skills.
Luc began cross-country skiing some years ago… at age 18, after many years playing hockey and basketball. He is the happy father (read sponsor) of three kids in the racing programs and understands what you mean by ‘‘everything is spining around at home on Wednesdays and Saturdays before training sessions and race week-ends’’.
Luc has his NCCP Community Coach certification and is working on his Competition Coaching certification. Past certifications include: CANSI Level 1 and Telemark as well as CSIA Level 2. Some family members consider him a ‘‘certified old school skier’’.
Sue Holloway – Coach – Racing Rabbits (Learning to Train)
Sue Holloway started ski racing when she was 10 years old at the Ottawa Ski Club. Sue worked her way up the ranks and eventually made the 1976 Olympic Team and was a member of the 7th place 4 X 5 km relay team. Sue also participated in kayaking at the Summer Olympic Games achieving both silver and bronze medals in 1984 in Los Angeles.
A lifetime member of Nakkertok Sue has been a cornerstone of the Racing Program having first joined the coaching ranks as an instructor in the Bunny Rabbit Program to the point where she now co-coordinates the Racing Rabbit program with Kevin Jones. Sue brings a wealth of experience, fun and enthusiasm to the Nakkertok Ski Racing program.
Sue has her Level 2 NCCP and a Physical Education degree with a special interest in mental training.
Kevin Jones – Coach – Learning to Compete
Kevin has been coaching with the Nakkertok Racing program for ten years starting with the Racing Rabbits then moving on to Midgets (T2T) and has now graduated to working with Learning to Compete athletes. During that time Kevin has played a role in trying to manage the explosive growth in the program having witnessed it go from about 25 participants in the early years to over 200 today. Kevin has also been an enthusiastic organizer of many innovative special events for kids including the Kids Adventure Race, Adirondack Hiking Trip, and the Halloween orienteering event.
Kevin has logged many kilometres both on skis as a coach supporting Nakkertok Athletes at eight Midget Noram events, four Jeux du Quebec and four nationals. Together, Kevin has over 30 years of cross-country ski racing, event organization and coaching experience. In addition to coaching, Kevin is the father of four Nakkertok Racing Program participants. Kevin has also competed internationally as an athlete on the Canadian Orienteering team.
Kevin has his Level two NCCP coach certification.
Sheila Kealey – Coach – Learning to Train
Sheila is passionate about cross country skiing and loves sharing her enthusiasm for the sport. She wants the kids she coaches to develop self-confidence and skills (commitment/patience/pursuit of excellence) that will help them excel in skiing and achieve in other aspects of their lives. Sheila loves to race, and over the years has competed in rowing, cycling, running, duathlon, triathlon, and cross-country skiing, which remains her favourite sport. To help her keep up with the Racing Rabbits, Sheila trains and races withwww.xcottawa.ca. Sheila has a Masters in Public Health and her work on lifestyle changes, diet, and health has sparked a keen interest in sports nutrition, which she writes about at http://www.xcottawa.ca/nutrition.php.
John Lewis – Coach – Learning to Train
John has been coaching xc-skiing since 2004, first in the Learn-to-Ski program and then with Racing Rabbits beginning in 2008-09. He is formalizing his coaching training and currently has ICC and CC certification. Through training and racing, John hopes to help young skiers improve their skiing and build confidence, so that an active lifestyle becomes a lifelong pursuit. Besides skiing, John also likes to run and bike, and even manages the occasional race or two.
Dave Mallory – Coach – Training to Train
Dave is a level 3 certified coach and has been coaching Cross Country skiing for 25 years.
Dave started coaching in 1980 where he took his CANSI level 1. During the period that Dave’s been coaching with Nakkertok he’s helped many athletes to achieve provincial and national level championships including five athletes who won national junior championships in Cross Country or Biathlon. Dave has been head division coach at 3 national championships and assisted in 4 others. Dave has been instrumental in helping to further develop the coaching program at Nakkertok.
Dave’s current interests are in developing skiers and coaches. Dave enjoys the technical areas of both ski technique and waxing.
Robert McClure – Learning to Train
Rob and family joined Nakkertok in 2007 and jumped into the coaching of the LTS program for 2 years prior to joining the Racing Rabbit coaching staff in the ’09-’10 season. He continues to coach Racing Rabbits and assists with the LTS skiers figuring he will be with the racing program for a number of years as his children move through the ranks.
Rob began teaching skiing 20 years ago and taught adults to ski after attaining his CANSI Level 1 certification. He has also completed the Intro and Community Coaching certifications and continues to work to improve his coaching. He is an avid skier and enjoys local races, is working to complete the World Loppet Series, and annually enjoys the Tour de Laurentians (backcountry marathon), the CSM and the Keskinada events with his family.
Rob also sat on the Board of the Canadian Ski Marathon for 3 years and was the drive behind moving the Ski Marathon to a more family friendly event by introducing the Family Fun Days and the Mini-CSM. In the off-season (Apr-Sept) Rob coaches the Ottawa Bicycle Club Learn to Race Team (OBC L2RT) for bicycle riders from the ages of 5-15 years old.
Steve Paradine – Learning to Train
Steven has been a member of Nakkertok since the late 70s as a Jackrabbit, racer, coach and administrator. Steven started coaching with the University of Waterloo Nordic Ski Team in 1992 in his final year of university. Upon returning to Ottawa Steven joined the coaching team at Nakkertok bringing his love of the sport, playful but challenging attitude and commitment to the well being of each athlete. After ten years of coaching with the Junior Racing Team, including at Ontario Cup, and Nationals Steven, turned his focus to the Jackrabbit program. Steven has been active with his three boys, coaching and administering, with Bunnyrabbits, Jackrabbits, Mud Monsters, Wapoos and most recently with the Racing Rabbits (Learn To Train). His greatest pride is watching the athletes he coached continue returning to contribute to the Nakkertok community.
Steven continues to stay fit commuting to work downtown by bike, foot, roller skis and skis.
Coaching Certification: ICC, CC, CCI (in progress), NCCP L1, L2, L3 (Theory, Practical)
Tara Redpath – Coach – Training to Train
Tara has been cross-country skiing ever since she became too big to fit in her parents’ pulk. She began skiing competitively in the Challenge program with the Manitoba Naturalist’s Society and worked her way onto the Manitoba Ski Team at age 14. Tara represented Manitoba at three separate Canada Winter Games, and she won several medals at the Canadian Junior National Championships. Tara moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1999 to join the National Team Development Centre, and she competed in the North American circuit for five seasons. Tara also represented Canada at the 2003 World University Games in Italy.
Although Tara still enjoys skiing fast, she has now decided that it is time to give back to the ski community in Canada. Tara began volunteering as a Nakkertok coach in 2007 with the midget group, and is currently working with the Training to Train group. Her goal as a coach is to help young racers develop a life-long passion for the sport of cross-country skiing.
Anneke Winegarden – Coach – L2C Program
As a recent graduate from the Human Kinetics program at the University of Ottawa Anneke is excited to start her career in coaching with Nakkertok. Although this is her first year with Nakkertok, she has been active in the xc ski community, racing in high school and with Chelsea Nordic. Anneke’s passion for coaching cross country skiing started while teaching at the Mooney’s Bay cross country ski center and grew to include coaching local high school teams, and now the L2C program at Nakkertok!
Anneke is a big fan of continuous learning and development and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Biomechanics, studying neurotrauma and concussion, at the University of Ottawa. On top of school and coaching she enjoys training for triathlons, canoe camping and personal training at the university gym.