Laura-Ellen de Vries, Canadian Sport School Coach
Laura-Ellen is in her first year running the Canadian Sport School and comes to us with a wealth of knowledge. She has her Master’s in Human Movement Sciences from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where she studied thermal physiology. Her passion for strength and conditioning was developed in the early years of her undergraduate degree of Kinesiology. At McMaster University she was exposed to various training cultures and teams. She learned that performance and excellence can be achieved through hard work and dedication.
In the final years of her undergraduate, she managed McMaster’s swimming team in the area of strength and conditioning. This experience allowed her to gain an understanding of a high functioning integrated support system while working with head coaches and physiotherapists. She applied this knowledge to her working years in between her Bachelors and Masters and gained her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist qualification. Working at Mind to Muscle in Ontario and Beach Volleyball Canada/ the Ontario Volleyball Association, she advanced her understanding of long term athlete development. These opportunities allowed her to learn a diverse skill set in managing clients of all different populations, as well as gain experience in how to optimize performance.
During her Master’s she worked with the Schaatsacademie Noordwest in Haarlem, The Netherlands. This work involved development of young high performance speed skaters. Here she began to understand different approaches to strength and conditioning.
From a young age she has competed in a multitude of sports from figure skating, cross country running, track & field and rugby. Later on in life she competed at a varsity level for track & field and rowing. After her undergraduate degree she took to competing in triathlon. She believes in the importance of building from the ground up and that foundations are important for achieving excellence.
Jackie Lawther, Sport Performance Coordinator
Jackie has been active in the sport community from a young age, starting with gymnastics, moving into soccer and participating in track & field, volleyball, basketball, hockey and badminton. Jackie’s competitive spirit earned her a scholarship to play USports Women’s Soccer at Bishops University in Quebec where she was enrolled in Sport Studies. After moving back to her hometown in Beamsville, Ontario, she continued to play OCAA Women’s Soccer for Niagara College while completing her Sport Management Diploma. Once Jackie graduated, she moved to beautiful British Columbia and worked in the Sales & Marketing Department at Big White Ski Resort, where she was able to observe first-hand the impact sport has on Okanagan communities. Jackie is now excited to be working directly with athletes and coaches at all levels to ensure they are provided with the proper tools to reach their full potential.
Nate Reiter, Canadian Sport School Teacher
Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Nathan has a multi-sport background competing in swimming, soccer, badminton, basketball, snowboarding, cross country running and athletics. While at university he focused on running where he competed for 5 seasons in USports Cross Country and Track as a member of the McMaster Marauders and the Windsor Lancers. Nathan serves in both a teaching and coaching role with the Canadian Sport School program. As a certified teacher, Nathan has taught a variety of subjects at the secondary level and takes a holistic approach to supporting the student-athlete. Nathan has a strong interest and experience in coaching having served as the Head Coach for the UBC Okanagan Heat Cross Country program for 4 years and with the Okanagan Athletics Club for 5 years. Nathan has completed his NCCP Competition-Development coach training and continues to further expand his coaching experience.