Coaching

A coach can offer even the most experienced athlete a new perspective, scientific knowledge, nutritional expertise, psychological aid, and (sometimes most importantly) a voice of reason to temper the most well meaning athlete’s self-destructive tendencies. Even the most experienced and educated athlete can’t be objective about his or her own training and racing. ~Steve Ruis

The London Pacers includes in its midst two certified coaches. Each has an array of qualifications, including certification with the National Coaching Certification Program. This system ensures that the coach has a certain level of knowledge and commitment. The NCCP, which is followed by 65 sports across the country, involves a combination of studies of the theories behind training, technical programs specific to each sport and supervised coaching lasting for a year or more for each level. This ensures that the coach has a broad knowledge of all aspects of the art and science of coaching.

Certified Coaches in Our Midst

Contact us if you are certified, qualified, volunteer-minded and would like to join in on some coaching opportunities.

Sherry Watts

I coach runners and racewalkers in groups and individually. I have worked with athletes competing at distances from 1500m to 100 miles from beginners to Boston Marathoners, World Masters medalists and Canadian Masters record holders.

Individuals are coached through a combination of email, phone and in person for $30 per month for London Pacers and $35 for non-members.

I also coach a group of distance runners preparing for half and full marathons. We train together twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) but the programs are designed individually for each athlete depending on his or her goals, experience, time available and physiological characteristics. Cost $120. The next group begins in the fall.

Also available, video technique analysis (I believe incorrect running form is a cause of many injuries), blood lactate testing and half day running clinics.

Other group training programs are available when there is sufficient interest – i.e. working on form, speed ect.

  • NCCP level 4
  • Road Runners Club of America (RRCA)
  • U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association
  • FaCT Canada (blood lactate testing)
  • Video Technical Specialist qualification through Own the Podium (the Canadian Olympic Committee).

You can contact me at pacertraining@yahoo.ca or 519 858-9880. For more information, visit my website at www.runninggoals.ca

Bill Wheeler

Bill has competed in road, trail, and cross-country running as well as triathlons and duathlons. He is one of the top Masters runners and triathletes in the area.  Bill has Canadian age-group championships in both cross-country running and the International Duathlon. He believes in the saying, “motion is medicine” and along with his coaching duties leads a number of weekly meet-ups for anybody interested in staying active.

  • NCCP level 2
  • NCCP Community Triathlon Coaching
  • Running Coach: Western Triathlon Club
  • Run Leader: Mountain Equipment Co-op

Bill organizes and lead weekly group activities to improve running skills and abilities.

  • Monday: Plyometric workout to build power
  • Tuesday: Road cycling – cross training opportunity
  • Wednesday: Trail run
  • Thursday: Interval track workout
  • All group activities are no fee…no registration.

For details and schedule email bgwheels@gmail.com

  • Canadian Age Group Champion: Cross Country, Duathlon
  • World Age Group Medalist: Duathlon, Sprint Triathlon
  • Trail Running: Age Group Champion OUS Series, 5-Peaks Series