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Coaches Corner 2017-12-20T17:51:41+00:00

OLIVIA HUNTER – Assistant Coach

Olivia graduated from MHHS in 2017 and is looking towards furthering her education by going into the education program. She has a huge passion for the sport of running. She has been competing and training in cross country for 4 years and track and field for 6 years. Olivia competed at the provincial level for both, competing in 4km runs for cross country and 3000m and 1500m for track and field. Most of her training was with the coaches at Medicine Hat high school as well as 1 year training with the Panthers in the winter program of 2016. A track highlight would be winning the 4A banner with MHHS teammates at provincials for track and field Spring of 2017. Olivia loves working with kids and can’t wait to have a wonderful season coaching them.

AUSTIN DORN – SEASONAL OUTDOOR COACH

Austin is a grade twelve student at McCoy High School. He started his track and field involvement at the age of 12 with the Panthers club, being coached by both Sonya Brown and Sage Watson.  His accomplishments to date include attending the Alberta Summer Games for 3 consecutive years in Lethbridge, Airdrie and Leduc – one year as an underage athlete.  Also attending Legion Nationals in Langley, BC and earning a spot on Team Alberta for 2 consecutive years for Western Canada championships in Saskatoon and Winnipeg. Besides many ribbons received in school track, some major awards include achieving two silvers at Westerns, a silver and bronze at provincial championships and a silver at Alberta Summer Games. He is pursuing a future career in pharmacy and is looking forward to coaching with the Panthers Track Club.

CHELSEA KLECKNER – SEASONAL OUTDOOR COACH

Chelsea is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Lethbridge working towards a Bachelor of Science with a major in Kinesiology. Chelsea will be working with sprinters and jumpers this season and is especially looking forward to working with Panther athletes on goal setting and imagery, as well as other mental skills to improve their game. Chelsea loves meeting new people in the track and field community and participated as a coach for the Medicine Hat High School team in 2016, as she competed for the team at Provincials in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and Long Jump in 2013, 2014, and 2015. On of her favourite track memories was winning 4A provincials with her team in 2013 and would love to see another Medicine hat team take the title this year. She can often be seen around the Medicine Hat Rotary Track volunteering at meets, handing out ribbons or marshalling, as she has a passion for the Track and Field Community. Aside from coaching, she is working towards becoming a Grade I Track Official this year, has a passion for food and is running her first half-marathon in May!

DARREN KLEIN – Seasonal Throws Coach

Darren grew up in Brooks, Ab. As a family they went to many Southern Alberta Summer Games (SASG), camping and participating as a family. They competed in many family relays but the favourite was ball throw! Ball throw transitioned into Shot Put and Javelin.

In Junior High he participated in the 100m, 200m, Shot Put, Javelin and Discus! In Grade 10, as part of a special track team, Darren switched his focus to the throwing events, then eventually solely on Javelin. In grade 10, he won the Alberta Championships with a throw just under 42m and earned the right to be part of Team Alberta. He competed Nationally in Sudbury, Ontario and attended a throws clinic. By the end of that summer he was throwing over 50 meters and had a pair of spiffy red javelin boots! In Grade 11, he was the ASAA Javelin champion and once again went on to win the Alberta Championship and participate in the National Competition in Banff, Ab.

Darren completed his Ed. degree in 1996 and has now taught in three different school divisions, and in Medicine Hat for 20 years! He is currently a teacher at MHHS, coaches football, wrestling (both at an elementary and high school level) and Track throwing events.

Darren coached the 2018 Indoor Winter session with the Panthers, introducing the athletes to throwing and strength training. He will be joining us at the outdoor track in the spring!

BRENT FRIESEN – Seasonal THROWS COACH

Brent Friesen is an Inter-provincial Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter specializing in woodworking and finish carpentry and has been self-employed for almost 20 years.

Brent played various sports in school but excelled at shot put and discus. He won gold in shot put at the Saskatchewan Provincials for three years in a row in (1977-79) and advanced to the Saskatchewan Summer Games where we won gold in both shot put and discus events. The following year, he competed at the Canada Summer Games placing 5th as well as Nationals, placing 8th overall.

Brent enjoys coaching and has assisted and head-coached a variety of his twin sons’ minor sports in Medicine Hat including baseball, hockey, and football over the past 7 years. Brent enjoys all sports but still has a passion for track and field.

VICTORIA DALZIEL – Seasonal Throws Coach

Victoria is currently a Nursing student at the Medicine Hat college who had been a long-term athlete throughout junior high and high school. She has been involved with coaching a local wrestling team here in the city after competing for many years and is excited to now be coaching track and field. As a repeat provincial level high school athlete for all throws, she has experienced many different meets and competition through school and Alberta games experience where she has made many memories with great teammates. One of her most memorable events was competing in hammer throw which was a very new concept for her but after a few practices and competition it turned out to be a fun experience. She is looking forward to working with the throwers and working towards teaching the building blocks to be successful throwers. She is also looking forward to helping all athletes succeed by utilizing individual strengths and learning from mistakes and through practice. She has a heart for working with and alongside youth and encouraging healthy active lifestyles, she has been volunteering for many track meets here in the city and is working towards becoming an official. In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities such as recreational sports or activities with friends, or volunteering for community events.

 

KAYLA STEGEN – Seasonal Outdoor POLE VAULT coach

Kayla graduated from Medicine Hat High School in 2017 as a multi sport athlete with a specific love for track and field.  She is currently a student athlete at the University of Saskatchewan enrolled in the college of Kinesiology while spending the rest of her time training with the varsity track team there.  Kayla has a focus on pole vault at the university level, but trained in both hurdles and javelin in high school.  Kayla’s love for track has continued to grow over the years and she is excited to share her passion for the sport with the Panther’s club.

 

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