COACHING STAFF

RICK DICKEY
COMPETITION COACH

Every athlete has what it takes to be the best and as a team we can help build the courage and determination to get there. Life is about team work with success coming from the stepping stones we build. The hurdles along the way are necessary to make us stronger both physically and mentally because you can not have strength without faith.

I have been very fortunate to work with several determined athletes and more recently to work with several athletes that have a growing sport intellect to help build their own success with guidance and support from myself. My focus at a young development age is on coordinated speed with good amounts of quality focused volume, terrain specific agility and speed work to help build the specific skills necessary to race well. The HTB nordic team has been known for their ability to sprint race, with some of the most exciting medals happening in team sprint relays, easily considered the most challenging event at nationals.

BACKGROUND:

Coaching:

  • Running, Cycling, and Nordic Skiing Coach

Personal Experience:

  • Running: Raced both track and road with personal best of 9:03 3000m @ 15 // 14:55 5k @ 25
  • Road Cycling: Competed for 2 years in Category 1/2/pro
  • Duathlon: Competed for 2 years as part of my summer training for nordic distance racing
  • Nordic Skiing: I have been involved in Nordic skiing for 35 years and coaching/instructing for 31 years. My favourite event to race was 50k - 55k loppets either skate or classic and loved the challenge to race these distances. I had a personal best top 30 at the Gatineau 55.

GORD SALT
JR DEVO COACH

My background goes back to the mid 70s when I started coaching in a Toronto high school. We were runners and when we were approached by 2 athletes to start a cross country ski team at the school thought, "I'm a runner. This skiing doesn't look too hard. I can do this." Little did I know.

When I moved to Orangeville in '85, I had the good fortune to help coach an already successful high school ski team at Orangeville District Secondary School. From '85 until '01, when I left, we had won over 25 provincial (OFSAA) team championships and had 9 OFSAA individual champions. I then coached at the University of Guelph for 6 years.

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