COACHING STAFF

GORD SALT
JR DEVO & COMP COACH

Gord's background goes back to the mid 70s when he started coaching in a Toronto high school. He was a runner and when he was approached by two athletes to start a cross country ski team at the school, he thought, "I'm a runner. This skiing doesn't look too hard. I can do this." Little did he know.

When he moved to Orangeville in '85, he had the good fortune to help coach an already successful high school ski team at Orangeville District Secondary School. From '85 until '01, when he left, the school had won over 25 provincial (OFSAA) team championships and had 9 OFSAA individual champions. Afterwards, he coached at the University of Guelph for six years.

Gord was awarded the Southern Ontario Division (SOD) of Cross Country Ontario Cum Laude award in 2003 and the SOD Coaching award in 2005. He is a Level 3 National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) coach and CANSI level 1 instructor; facilitates cross country ski coaching courses and lead Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) presentations.


CHRIS SKELTON
ACTING HEAD BIATHLON COACH

Chris is a life long sport enthusiast with competitive/coaching experience in biathlon,  nordic skiing, rugby and dragonboating/flatwater paddling. He is currently the acting Head Biathlon Coach with Highlands Trailblazers. He is NCCP  Competition Development Certified. A highpoint of his coaching career was attending Canada Winter Games with Team Ontario in 2019 supporting provincial biathletes including those from HTB. He has supported club and provincial team athletes at local, regional, national and North American events. His current goal is to facilitate the development of a .22 biathlon range for HTB and  other local/regional biathletes.
 

JORDAN CASCAGNETTE
COMP & BIATHLON COACH

Following Jordan's high school career, including 1 OFSAA victory and 3 Ontario Cup Champion titles, Jordan embarked on a four year racing career with the Alberta World Cup Academy (2 years), and NTDC Thunder Bay (2 years). During this time, he learned countless lessons in what it takes to be a successful competitive skier, from both the physical and mental sides of the sport. Following these four years, he transitioned to varsity skiing and joined the Nipissing Nordic program in 2013 while studying Physical and Health Education.

With the coaches at Nipissing, he has helped to bring the program from a recreational team to one of the top varsity teams in the country, learning and applying his Phys. Ed. knowledge to his practices. Over the course of his athletic career, he has earned the opportunity to represent Canada at three major World Championship events, the 2011 World Junior Championships, 2013 & 2017 World University Games. 


SEAN BECHTEL
MASTERS COACH

Sean Bechtel is a former professional triathlete who was ranked in the top 50 triathletes in the world. He represented Canada at the Pan American games as well as multiple world championship teams and World Cup races. He is a winner of multiple half ironman races over the course of his career. Since retiring from professional competition, Sean has been coaching first timers as well as professionals. He is also a passionate mountain biker and cross country skier and co-owner of VO2 sports in Collingwood.


DAVID CHEUNG
BIATHLON COACH

David Cheung is the lead coach for the jr. biathlon programs.  He has 3 children actively involved in both Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing HTB programs.  David is well versed in coaching biathlon, having taken many coach training courses. He is presently serving as VP of Admin. in Biathlon Ontario.


ROB SIDHU
WINTER ADVENTURE

Rob Sidhu is an experienced skier and returning coach. His approach to ski instruction is to keep it simple and fun. Rob has completed the Nordiq Canada Community Coaching Course. He is also the parent of a daughter who has come through the Jackrabbit program. 


SHELBY THOMSON
REGIONAL CROSS COUNTRY SKI TEAM

Shelby is an OR nurse at Collingwood G & M Hospital. She is an avid athlete with many interests (swimming, running, xc skiing). With Jordan’s influence, she has a good working knowledge of ski technique.  She’s happy to be a Highlands Trailblazer!


BILL HEWITT
REGIONAL CROSS COUNTRY SKI TEAM

Bill is a teacher and ski coach who has been working with young athletes for the past 10 years at Highlands. He can often be found working with young people to improve their skiing on the trails of Highlands all through the winter months. He is proud to carry on the tradition of cross country skiing with high school-aged athletes as the head coach of the Collingwood Collegiate Institute ski team.