Meet Our Coaches
Dedicated, supportive and accomplished, our Harriers coaching squad understands the power of passionate, strong leadership.
Harrier Head Coach Alistair is the epitome of a passionate runner. While he loves running fast, he’s insistent on running long term which means he believes in running smart, and always tuning into the joy of running. Having run some of his fastest times after the age of 50 (including a 16:51 5km!), Ali has a specialty in helping masters runners access their potential. Despite his middle-distance speed, Ali’s main love is trail running and he has some epic ultra runs (and wins!) under his belt.
A former varsity track and XC runner and age group duathlon world champ, Jennifer has taken her speed into the trails where she has found her running bliss. As a coach, and athlete, Jennifer is committed to helping others get in tune with the power of their bodies. She has a forte working with busy athletes and new moms helping them find a routine that’s the right amount of flexible and challenging. While she regularly finishes on the podium, for Jennifer, teaching her own children to have fun in sport is crucial. As she says, “My favourite races are not necessarily those where I’ve landed on the podium, but rather the ones where my kids were present to see me cross the finish line with a smile on my face.” Jennifer also love to host clinics and weekend trail running camps. Visit www.runtrailswithjenn.com
Jim Svenøy is a Norwegian Olympian (3000m Steeplechase) with an exceptionally accomplished track career and coaching background. Having recently moved to Toronto from the Netherlands where he owned a running company promoting organizational health as well as individual wellness and performance, Jim is thrilled be joining the Harriers and we are thrilled to have him in our ranks. It is important to Jim that he have the chance to continue to give back to the sport that has taught him so much. As an athlete, Jim has his eyes set on Masters World Champs here in TO in 2020.
Lucia brings a host of talents to the coaching team, including her expertise on the nutrition side of training and racing. A certified holistic nutritionist, Lucia can also help athletes optimize their nutrition in and out of sport. Yet, addressing the psychology of sport with her athletes is just as important to Lucia as training the body. Formerly a secondary school teacher, Lucia is the ideal mix of no BS and, patient, encouraging supporter. Coaching for Lucia is an honour. She explains, “There is nothing more rewarding to me than to witness an athlete becoming fully empowered to overcome any fears or obstacles they might have, to make whatever breakthrough they need to make, so that they can reach towards their true potential (both on and off the roads).” A long-time runner herself, Lucia is always seeking to better her own run performances from the 5km to the marathon.
Nemanja Sambaher (Nem) is a Strength and Conditioning Coach and a Registered Kinesiologist (MSc Kinesiology) with more than 10 years of experience working in the sport and fitness industry from the corporate to the clinical setting. Nem’s scientific publications have been featured in such journals as Neuroscience, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, as well as popular sport publications such as Stack.com, Running Room, and Nutrition and Metabolism. From movement and gait analysis, to electrocardiogram testing, and lung function assessment, Nem’s scientific approach to the use of exercise as a therapeutic modality has allowed him to work with athletes and non-athletes alike. He has created rehabilitation programs for patients with various injuries and chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer survivors and many others. A runner himself, Nem has dabbled in trail running and marathoning but his current focus is on developing the speed and power to race 5kms and 10kms.