Devo Coaches

Our coaches follow the principles of the Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD).

The LTAD model is based on the physical, mental, emotional and cognitive development of children and adolescents/ It is an inclusive concept that encourages all individuals to be involved in lifelong activity and articulates the need for all children, particularly those that have the capacity and interest to become elite athletes, to be given a solid foundation in physical, technical, tactical and mental capacities upon which to build their performance abilities.

Our primary focus is to promote the development of good people, and secondarily to develop athletic skills useful in the sport of Nordic skiing. Children and youth learn important life skills such as team work, perseverance, life-long physical activity and informed healthy lifestyle choices.

 
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Sarah Henckel

Coach Sarah has been coaching with SNSC for the past 8 years, starting with JackRabbits level 2, and working her way through the levels with her kids, Hugo and Annelies. Now that they are racing as Juniors, and are much faster; Sarah is happy to coach the Devo team, because she really feeds off of the energy, enthusiasm, and fun of this age group. These athletes span, from age 7-13 years, are always up for a challenge; whether it is improving technique, doing sprint races, or a team relay, it is all about the FUN. Sarah volunteers with the Adaptive ski program (VISAS), and works as a Physical Therapist.

 
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Jim Batrud

Jim moved to the Comox Valley with the military in the early 90’s and fell in love with the cycling and skiing opportunities. He is currently fortunate enough to be one of the coaches for the Devo (Track Attack) program and loves watching the athletes progress on skis while having so much fun!

His entire family enjoy being part of the Strathcona Nordics as well. His wife Crystal is the club treasurer and their son Rory, who started in the Jack Rabbit program, is now in the Junior Racing program.

Still very passionate about cycling, in the off ski season if not riding his bike with Rory and other club members, he can be found travelling to various continents as an International Mountain bike and Cyclo-Cross official.