As young man growing up in Toronto, I dropped out of high school, with a difficult family situation and needed to worry about necessities like food, shelter, and safety, with not enough focus and energy to stay in school.
During my time working in construction I developed a passion for running and then cross country skiing. I decided during this time, to pursue sport and to move to the country to work at the local ski center and train full time. During this time I trained hard, putting in 20 - 30 hours per week and went on to win a silver medal at Cross Country Ski Nationals.
With this I decided to move to Canmore to pursue the dream and make the National Ski Team.
In Canmore, working at one of the local hotels, I continued to train hard but developed back issues which I couldn’t seem to overcome. After several years of training in Canmore I retired from skiing and started coaching. Coaching young athletes was a tremendous opportunity and a time I look back on with pride.
During my time as a coach I went back to school and became a certified level lll coach and a certified massage therapist here in Edmonton. Over time I took over Fast Trax Ski Shop as owner / operator and slowly turned it into the Fast Trax Run & Ski Shop as it is known today.
During this time I focused on both coaching and providing guidance as well as product to all that stepped through the door helping them to embrace sport and helping them to “impress themselves”. Also during this time I continued to train for running and I focused my time learning about training and postural strength, hoping to find answers to the back issues that forced me to retire from running and skiing at the national level so many years ago.