Dedicated, supportive and accomplished, our Harriers coaching squad understands the power of passionate, strong leadership.
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
Harrier Head Coach 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.
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.
Nicole van Beurden
Nicole is a former professional triathlete and Kinesiologist. As a NCCP level 1 & 2 certified triathlon coach, Nicole has been coaching runners, cyclists, and multisport athletes for 15 years. Originally a basketball player, Nicole attended U of T to play varsity ball but discovered triathlon along the way so ended up playing both basketball and running varsity track and cross country in an effort to develop her triathlon aims. She was part of an all-star Ontario University Athletics and Canadian Interuniversity Sports Gold XC Team. With a 5km pb of 17:10, Nicole clearly has the speed to match her ultra-endurance resumé which includes 15 iron distance races and as many half irons. As a super cyclist, Nicole understands how to power a bike, but as an inventor and entrepreneur, Nicole engineers speed. She has spent the last 10 years developing race wheels and a bike frame, set to launch in 2021. Nicole is also highly sought after for her carbon repairs. Above all else, Nicole’s passion for seeing her athletes and fellow competitors succeed is genuine and palpable and her commitment to sport as a way of life, ever-inspiring.