"Behind every successful team is a dedicated Coach who refused to let them
be anything but the best they can be" - Unknown

Melissa Paauwe

UESCA Certified Coach and Founder

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Melissa  dabbled in running her whole life but it wasn't until she enlisted the help of a Coach did she really she her potential. With progress came confidence, in all aspects of her life, encouraging to her start her own coaching business to help others find their potential.  Melissa's approach to her clients is very individualized - everyone's plans are designed for them and all levels are welcome in the WRTWC community.  


Melissa has raced at elite levels in the full and half marathon, with top 10 finishes nationally in both events.  She won the Alberta Provincial Time Trial in road cycling in 2017, and has represented Canada at Multisport World Championships (Elite Duathlon, after claiming the national title in 2017). 

Personal records:

Marathon: 2:46:33

Half Marathon: 1:17:06

10k: 36:00

5k: 17:23 (virtual)

Laura Henderson

UESCA Certified Coach

Laura is a CPA who is happily married and a mother of two young children (plus a big fur baby). All of that keeps her pretty busy, but she's also passionate about travel, sports of almost all varieties, and, of course, running! She has run to some degree for most of her life, but her true love affair with running started when she ran her first half marathon in 2011. Anyone who knows her knows that she can talk about running for hours, because she truly believes in the positive power that running brings to our lives. She's so excited to join WRTWC as an assistant coach so that she can help others experience this. She wants to help people see that anyone can be a runner, you just need the right motivation, training plan, and community to support you!