Meet The Staff

Victoria Staff

Jennifer Joyce, Canadian Sport School Lead

Jennifer Joyce

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Office: 250-220-2574
Fax: 250-220-2503
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Jennifer is in her 5th year as the Canadian Sport School Victoria – Lead Coach. She has a BA from the University of California at Berkeley where she double majored in American Studies and French while competing in NCAA Division 1 Track & Field. Jennifer has a strong coaching background that includes experience working with athletes of all levels, from youth to NCAA/CIS to Professional / Olympic athletes including, an NCAA and World Champion. Her passion is working with high school and young elite athletes to help give them a strong foundation for success at the next levels.

As a Coach, Jennifer holds certifications in: Strength & Conditioning (NSCA-CSCS), Olympic Weightlifting (NCCP & USAW), Sprints & Hurdles (NCCP Comp Dev/Level 3), NCCP Run, Jump, Throw (Master Learning Facilitator), NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills, Neurokinetic Therapy (Level 1) and Functional Movement Screen (FMS Levels 1&2).

Having retired from competition in 2012, Jennifer has represented Canada internationally in the Hammer Throw and is the 2006 Commonwealth Games Silver medalist, 4 time Canadian Champion and is a two time World Championship Team Member (2005/2009). Also, Jennifer is a NCAA Two Time All-American (2000, 2003) and is the former Canadian Record Holder.

Jennifer brings a strong understanding of the high performance sport system and is very involved in athlete advocacy as she is currently serving/has recently served on the:

  • IAAF Athlete Commission
  • Athletics Canada Board of Directors & Athlete Council
  • AthletesCAN Board of Directors
  • BC Athlete Voice Board of Directors
  • Commonwealth Games Canada Athlete Council

The combination of her experiences as a high performance athlete, Strength and Conditioning Coach and sport administrator make her a great fit for the Canadian Sport School Coach position.

Christina Kadin, Canadian Sport School Teacher

Christina Kadin

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Christina is currently in her 5th year with the Canadian Sport School Victoria and in her 15th year of teaching which has included experiences in various parts of the world (Yellowknife, Kelowna, Kimberley, Taiwan and Victoria). Christina graduated with great distinction (3.98GPA) from University of Lethbridge with a combined degree – Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education. She holds a major in Physical Education and a minor in Mathematics. Christina spent her first 2 years at University of Alberta in Edmonton before transferring to Lethbridge.

Christina grew up as a multi-sport athlete in Kimberley, BC, and was very active all year long, competing in different sports through various seasons like swimming, volleyball, basketball, downhill skiing, soccer and figure skating. She was fortunate to attend high school provincial championships for swimming, volleyball and downhill skiing. After high school graduation, Christina’s focus switched to being “Active For Life” and now competes in triathlon and running events including finishing the 2009 Ironman Canada.

“From a young age, I studied successful people and was motivated to pursue excellence. Sport was always a large part of my life and my fondest memories are of these experiences and the people involved. I am passionate about helping others and the Canadian Sport School provides me with the opportunity to work around three things I love – sport, learning and excellence. I’m very fortunate to work with students with big dreams and be able to help provide the resources required to help them achieve them.”

Dean Kaylan, Canadian Sport School Gymnastics Coach

Dean Kaylan

Dean was the gymnastics coach in the pilot project that evolved into the Sport School and this is his 4th year working with the Canadian Sport School program.

Dean has a Masters Degree in Education & Conflict Resolution and has worked in both public and private secondary schools establishing community development programs.

Dean is an NCCP certified Level 2 Gymnastics Coach and Level 1 Trampoline coach with over ten years experience coaching all levels from beginner to elite athlete. In addition to studying Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan, Dean has trained in martial arts for over two decades, earning his Black Belt in 1995, and working as an instructor for six years. A lifelong student of human development and the advantages of cross training between athletic disciplines, Dean strives to bring a high energy and fun approach to integrating core strength, body movement awareness, and heightened levels of mobility, flexibility, and balance into all training efforts.

Having worked with National level athletes and being acutely aware of the toll elite level training can have on the body, Dean strives to provide athletes with a well-rounded understanding of how to avoid injury through balanced and integrated approaches to training.

Catherine Paice, Intern Coach

Catherine Paice

Catherine is in her 1st year with the Canadian Sport School currently undertaking an internship with CSI over the next year. She is passionate about working in high performance sport and eager to experience a variety of sports. She is a graduate of the University of Queensland in Australia and holds a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Hons).

Previously, Catherine completed a year long internship with Rugby Canada, working with the Senior Men’s Rugby 7’s team. In addition to a considerable amount of work and volunteer experience with a variety of sports including Rugby League, Netball and Basketball, and as a research assistant. Catherine is a Level 1 Accredited S&C Coach with the Australian S&C Association.

Cody Gervais, Intern Coach

Cody Gervais

Cody in his first year with the Canadian Sports School as an Ignite Coach Intern. He is currently in his third year of the Bachelor’s of Sport and Fitness Leadership (BSFL) program at Camosun College. Cody has been a rugby player for the past 14 years and has spent the last 4 years playing for Westshore RFC at the Premier, and Division 1 levels being coached by and playing with National Team Members.

Cody is now making the transition to coaching and his passion is to be a Strength and Conditioning Specialist with high performance athletes. He currently is certified through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology as a Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT). In the Next year, Cody plans on completing National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Level 1 in weightlifting and become a certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) after graduating from BSFL.