CrossFit Canuck Coaches

TAVIA VAN DAMME

CO-OWNER / PROGRAM DIRECTOR / HEAD COACH My love affair with CrossFit began in 2010 when I first walked through the doors of CrossFit Pickering.  As a personal trainer, Phys. Ed. Teacher, and football player, I felt that I had a good level of physical fitness. As...

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SUE ANN VAN DAMME

CO-OWNER / BUSINESS MANAGER I spent 13 years working in the investment industry.  Starting out as an Investment Analyst with Mercer Investment Consulting and most recently spent 7 years as a Futures Trader with Mapleridge Capital Corporation. I have always been...

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SARAH BASSELS

COACH Sport entered my life at a young age with skating and I would grow to eventually compete at a provincial and national level on a precision team; I loved the team competition! Also, growing up in a hospitality family, food was a huge component in my world. In...

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GRAEME FIELDING

COACH My affinity for fitness began at an early age. I performed a nightly routine with cement filled dumbbells while I was still in elementary school. When in high school, my dad gave me Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding as a birthday...

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ANDREW HUGHES

COACH Growing up, sports were part of my life at every turn. I always came back to my true passion - running. I competed and trained at a wide range of distances all the way up to marathon, and at various levels, including provincially. After an accident a few years...

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SUZANA MAJCEN

COACH My love for an athletic-based lifestyle started early on. Once I entered the workforce, it became challenging to stay active and fit, especially with long commutes and sedentary office work. I made some lifestyle changes and I was able to get back into action! I...

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ROB CILIA

POWERLIFTING COACH  I had always been an athletic person, playing almost every sport I could from elementary through to high school. Unfortunately, when college became a priority in my life, movement did not. I gained a significant amount of weight through my...

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MARYAM MARASHI

COACH I found CrossFit through one of my older cousins, who had been using it to stay in shape for her firefighting career. At the age of 16, I was inspired by the strength and stature of the female athletes in the sport. I was awestruck adn immediately began to train...

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DEREK MONEY

COACH As long as I can remember I have always been involved and fascinated by sports. As a young child, instead of watching cartoons I would watch Sports Center. I was on both the rep soccer and hockey team; in high school I joined the basketball, volleyball and...

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TIAGO FINOTTI

COACH Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved playing sports and games that involved any kind of movement. If it was inserted in a competitive environment, even better. Even though I was able to play any sport (but soccer, funny enough!), I’ve always found myself...

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Nizar Kaawache

COACH With the love to lead from the front, I grew older with the passion to teach movement and help others. From helping my siblings find ways to beat the final level boss in a video game, to yelling instructions to my football teammates on the field, I knew that...

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