athlete, a strong support system is crucial to success. I
am very fortunate to have been blessed with an excellent group
of people that are behind me without fail. I would like to
highlight the various people and groups that have helped me
achieve success and are helping me reach my goals.
Before any such
elements as sponsorships, agents, and even coaches came into
my running career, my family has been the backbone of my success.
They have been behind me 100 per cent and have instilled drive,
motivation and confidence into my mind from day one. I can't
thank them enough for all their support. Even as I mature,
the family members I have gained through marriage have also
been a great addition to my support system, which makes me
that much stronger. And, my husband Trent has become a major
stronghold and contributor in helping me set and achieve goals.
In him, I am lucky to have not only a wonderful husband, but
also a great training partner, training advisor, nutritionist
I don't even know where to begin when it comes to
mentioning all the great friends I have in my life. I have
been blessed with so many impacting and important relationships
throughout my life and I have learned something from each
one of them. I am most grateful for the friendships I have
formed with people in various paths in my life, whose support
and loyalty does not faulter no matter how far apart we are
or how often we meet.
my running career, I have had so many amazing coaches that
have played major roles in my development as an athlete. From
my high school coach, Denise Kohlmeier who offered great wisdom
and encouragment, as well as my club coach Mark MacDonald
who tested my drive and pushed me to achieve more than I expected.
Next, to my university coach, Peter Tegen, who helped me dream
big and always believe winning was a possibility. And now,
to my current coach, Dave Scott Thomas, who continues to amaze
me in his ability to know what I need as an athlete and to
instill confidence in me by constantly challenging my strength
and mind. Dave's knowledge and passion for the sport is both
refreshing and motivating. But, it is not without my husband
Trent that my coaching team would be complete. Trent's knowledge
and passion for the sport, combined with his expertise as
a doctor of sports physiology, make him a great coach. And,
his experience as an athlete himself also makes him an ideal
training partner. As well, since Trent and Dave have similar
coaching philosophies from coaching together in Guelph previously,
they work well together to formulate the best plan for me.
I'm training in Europe or Canada, I am very fortunate to have
great training partners in either location. While in Canada,
I base out of the Guelph National Endurance Centre at The
University of Guelph. The group in Guelph ranges from junior,
collegiate and senior athletes that range from new runners
to very elite, international-class runners. So, I get the
chance to train with different runners depending on where
my training is at. What's special about this group is their
enthusiasm, dedication and sincerity about not only the sport,
but also about life in general. I love going back and training
with all of them because it's always the same electric and
in Switzerland I have been very lucky to have found a great
group that have been extremely open and welcomed me into there
training circle immediately. Jean François Pahud and
Jacky Delapierre are the stronghold to the group that oversees
the training and racing schedule for Maryam Yusuf Jamal who
is also coached by her husband Tareq. This group has invited
me to train with them, which has worked out well because my
husband Trent can still oversee my training with my coach
Dave from Canada, and Jean François and Tareq have
been able to offer invaluable advice from their own experiences.
Although this might all seem a bit confusing, it is proving
to work out great.
have been very fortunate to have a group of sponsors who have
been behind me and done what they can to support my athletic
endeavours. These include New Balance, PowerBar, Athletics
Canada and the Canadian Sports Centres. And, the latter two
have been a major contributor in terms of financial carding,
which is a significant aid for Canadian athletes.
athletes can appreciate how important having good paramedical
support is for top performances and consistent training. No
matter where I am training, I am able to receive top-level
treatment from very experienced sports professionals. At the
Guelph National Endurance Centre, we have an amazing group
of practitioners including Dr. Margo Mountjoy, who is also
a doctor for the IOC; Marcel Meresz and Lance Dawson take
care of us for massage, and Brenda Scott-Thomas is our physiotherapist.
In addition, Active Release Technique is a therapy that I
feel has helped me remain realitively injury-free and I have
specialists Dr. Bill Dukelow of Guelph and Dr. John Vargo
of Sarnia to thank for that.
While in Switzerland I thankfully can rely on Inge Van Wely
to take care of me for massage and Dr. Gremion for sports
medicine. And, even when I travel to the U.S., I have depended
on Dr. John Connors and his physical therapy associate Gary
at the U.S. Athletic Training Center who bothed helpd salvage
my indoor season in 2007.