George Smith

George Smith

Qualifications

  • LF: Introduction to Competition Coaching Courses

  • Bachelor of Arts with specialization in Exercise Prescription and Coaching (Cross Country Skiing and Rowing)

  • Extra courses at Lakehead University with specialization in Biomechanics, Exercise Prescription

  • National Coaches Certification Program – Learning Facilitator [Course Conductor] for 3 New NCCP courses

  • LF: Introduction to Community Coaching

  • LF: Community Coaching

  • NCCP Cross Country Skiing Level 4: Task 11 Leadership, Task 1 Energy Systems Task 2 Resistance Training for Elite Athletes Task 6 Psychology of Elite Athletes only 12 more to go,

  • NCCP Cross Country Skiing Level 3, Rowing 3, Track and Field 1

  • Medical Exercise Specialist

  • YMCA Personal Training Module

  • Standard First Aid

  • CPR


Coaching Experience

  • Current Team Manager Calgary Nordic Training Group

  • Cross Country Alberta’s Coach of the Year 2008-2009
  • Mentored 9 Competitive Coaches – Introduction, 4 Community Coaches and 6 Introduction to Community Coaches

  • Over 12+ ABCup champions

  • 1997-2008 Head Coach Nordic Calgary Ski Club

  • Created Masters Adult Ski Fitness Dryland Ski Fitness Youth Jackrabbits programs

  • Created Adult Learn to Ski & Winterstart programs

  • Mentored 3 NCCP Level 2 coaches, 5 Community Coaches, 10+ Introduction to Community Coaches

  • Most Improved Alberta Ski Club – Calgary 2006-07 – Head Coach

  • Over 12+ ABCup champions…

1996 Coaching Apprenticeship with Al Morrow University of Western Ontario 1994-6 Lake Head University Rowing Women’s Crew 1992-1994 Augustana University Rowing
  • Head Coach & Founding Member 1992-1996 Lake Louise Rowing Club Head Coach & Founding Member 1991-1994 Augustana University Ski Team Asst. Coach 1985-1991 Canmore Nordic Founding
  • Member – Head Coach / Canmore Jackrabbits Asst. 1981-1984 Banff Ski Runners Asst. Coach

Favourites

  • Alberta Loppet: Edmonton Birkebeiner 35 km

  • Workout: Chestermere Rollerskiing out and back

  • Coaching session that makes the athlete’s work harder: hill training at COP

Personal Highlights

  • George has been a cross country ski coach for the past 30+ years. Still actively involved in cross country skiing and rowing, he is currently coaching the Calgary Nordic Training Group program.

  • Former ski coach for Olympian Sara Renner – I was privileged to coach the ages of 10-16 y.o

  • Canadian Masters Champion 20km Classic Rossland, BC 2006.

  • Lake Louise to Banff Loppet 68km 5:38 Feb. 2002

  • Coaching apprenticeship with Al Morrow, Head Coach Women’s National Rowing team 1996

  • George is the founder of the Northhill World Health Run Club that has included training 100+ runners for 10k and half marathons over the past eight years.