WHO WE ARE

COACHES

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

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Melissa Paauwe

UESCA Certified Coach and Founder

Melissa  dabbled in running her whole life but it wasn't until she enlisted the help of a Coach did she really see 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). 

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John Bird

UESCA Certified Coach

John ran track and cross country in highschool but really fell in love with the sport in 2014 when he ran his first marathon in Toronto. Since then, he has completed 5 of 6 majors with his wife and gearing up for his sixth star.

John is a dad to 4 very active kids. If John isn't running or flying, you will find him skiing, hiking and backpacking with his family in Calgary's big backyard. 

John is happiest supporting others reach their run goals. All of John's teammates can attest to this fact, hence why he makes a great Coach! His commitment to being a pace bunny for Calgary Marathon, not just once but twice, is just a small window of visibility into his desire to give back to the run community.  

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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 a 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!

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Paula Johnston

UESCA Certified Coach

Paula is an RN, mother to two teenage girls, a certified running coach, and much more! She loves being out in the mountains trail running or hiking and involves her daughters as much as they'll let her.

Paula started running a decade ago with a bucket list item of running a marathon. Since then she has completed numerous marathons, along with every distance up to a 50k ultra. She believes that running can change your life in the best way possible, and has experienced how positively a coach can impact a runner and their success. She is thrilled to be able to help others experience the same thing.

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Matija Tiani

UESCA Certified Coach

Matija is a 50+ mom of two amazing teen-adult kids, married to her #1 running fan and works as an EA Support with primary and autistic children in an elementary school setting with a touch of lululemon on the side.

She has always had interest in health and fitness with the past 9 years specific to her passion of running.  The marathon is her true love and she has completed 10 marathons to date, including the ever glorious and humbling Boston Marathon in 2019 and is returning to run it in 2021.

She is a runner that gives gratitude daily to the run, the support of the running community and motivation that is fired by grit and grace. She wants to give back to WRTWC and future teammates for having received personal success from coaching by coaching, supporting and guiding others to be the best runners they can be.

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Bre Gustafson

Canfitpro Certified Personal Trainer, and Running Coach

Bre was born in Australia and grew up very passionate about sports and fitness including swimming and running. When she moved to Canada she decided to make a career change and turn her passion into her career. She got her personal training certification in 2014 and started her journey. Since then she hasn't looked back and has since become a certified running coach, as well.

Bre became a mother at the end of 2020 and has spent the last year learning how to share her fitness and running journey with her son. You will often see Bre outside stroller running and enjoying the amazing pathways Calgary has to offer. Bre is excited to join WRTWC and help runners become faster and stronger and return from injury smartly.

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Dr. Rae Laberge

DTCM, RAc, CHN Holistic Nutrition Consultant

With a background in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Holistic Nutrition and a personal perspective as an accomplished ultra runner, Dr. Rae can help you dial in your diet and take your running to the next level. Dr. Rae's holistic approach takes a deeper dive into your overall health and works to support your unique nutritional needs, training goals and health status.

In addition to working with athletes of all levels, Dr. Rae's specialties include working with individuals on fertility/family planning, digestive issues, sleep, and overall health.

Whether you're seeking to shave a few minutes off your PB, looking to support digestive issues, support athlete recovery, correct hormonal imbalances, or tune up your overall nutrition, Dr. Rae is a one-stop-shop for guidance and education.

AMBASSADORS

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Christina Saviskoff

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Brianne Cooper

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Stephen Kallir

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Amber Vrataric

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Steen Hendry

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Catrinel Popescu

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Dawna Wetherell

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Janelle Brade