"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


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). 

Personal records:

Marathon: 2:39:46

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 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!

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.


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.  


We are a passionate group of individuals who believe in WRTWC and what it stands for. Here's a list of our

Ambassador roster for 2022:

  • Janelle Brade

  • Brianne Cooper

  • Dawna Rose

  • Catrinel Popescu

  • Stephen Kallir

  • Amber Vrataric

  • Steen Hendry

  • Christina Saviskoff