Kenen brings a wealth of mentoring and leadership experience to Maximus, where he will combine his business acumen and world-class triple jump pedigree to run Maximus's business operations, as well as assist with coaching where necessary.
Kenen's athletic experience is impressive. In high school, he was an OFSAA record holder and five-time champion in triple jump, triple Canadian Junior Champion (twice triple jump, once long jump), and a finalist at both the Pan American Junior Championships and IAAF World Junior Athletics Championships. Kenen's high school exploits earned him a full ride scholarship to the NJCAA, where he became a national champion and All-American in the triple jump. He then moved on to Division 1 NCAA competition, and qualified for the indoor national finals. He topped off his triple jump career by being crowned Canadian Senior National Champion. Kenen then moved onto bobsled, where he qualified for national team testing in Calgary.
Throughout his many years in the sport, Kenen has worked with many outstanding coaches, including Brent McFarlane, Rene, Falton, Pani Osorio, Janusz Tomko, Andre Scott, and Louie Simmons (Westside Barbell). Kenen is currently working on his coaching certifications himself, and has already guided several local athletes to obtaining NCAA athletic scholarships.
With his outgoing personality and energetic attitude, Kenen is excited to help instill the necessary skills, attitudes and character traits to help Maximus athletes become champions on and off the track.
As a former world class sprinter, Dave knows speed. Dave will be in charge of Maximus's training, and work with each athlete to improve their speed, and better their chances of reaching their athletic goals.
An age-class phenom, Dave holds multiple regional and provincial age group sprint records from grade 7 through to high school. He capped off his junior career by winning double gold in the 100m/200m (10.1/20.96) at the 1995 Pan American Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile. The following year, he was the Canadian Senior National Champion in the 200m, at the age of 19. He would go onto to make multiple national team appearances for Canada, highlighted by a semi-final appearance at the 2003 World Indoor Championships, where he competed alongside some of the fastest men in history, including Justin Gatlin and Kim Collins.
Dave also boasts extensive coaching experience. His past work includes stints as a sprint coach with the University of Waterloo Track and Field team, Wilfrid Laurier University football program, Chula Vista High Performance Training Centre, First Attempt Jumps Academy Athletics Club, and St. John's-Kilmarnock Speed Symposium. Dave has worked with many nationally and world-ranked athletes, most recently Canadian Junior Decathlon record holder Nathaniel Mechler, and 2017 Canadian Junior National Triple Jump Champion Ryan Taylor.
With his calm demeanour and thoughtful planning, Dave is looking forward to working with Maximus athletes to help them reach the height of their potential.
Wesley is a Kinesiology student at the University of Waterloo. He will work alongside Maximus's Head Coaches with the high school group, where his focus will be on developing effective movement patterns to ensure that athlete’s bodies stay healthy, and are well-prepared to respond to training.
Wesley has extensive track and field experience on both the competing and coaching ends of the sport. As an athlete, he has competed for eight years in the long jump and 100m, winning multiple provincial and national medals, and has competed at the Ontario high school championships (OFSAA) on several occasions. Wesley has also spent the past four years coaching at the high school and club level, where he works with sprinters and jumpers, many of whom have featured at provincial and national level competitions.
Wesley values a balanced approach towards track and field, recognizing that sport is a vehicle for developing many valuable skills, and can help young athletes grow in all aspects of their lives. He is excited to work with a team that is athlete focused, and remembers that the people themselves always take precedence over their performances.
In his free time, Wesley is a self-taught drummer, and enjoys busking at the St. Jacob’s Farmer’s Market on the bucket drums.
As a college professor, Crystal Shadd has an extensive background in the fitness and health promotion field both academically and by experience. She is not a stranger to athletics herself with a bio of competing for Canada for 11 years in the sport of track and field (triple jump, 200m, and heptathlon). She held the Jr. Canadian National record for the triple jump for several years and still holds several Provincial and high school records in the 100m, 200m, triple jump and long jump. Crystal was offered over 15 different scholarships all from different division 1 colleges for the sports of basketball, volleyball and track and field. In her days of training she trained with top world class athletes and coaches in both track and field and in weight training. She also coached and attended many world class symposiums at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego, California and US Jr. Olympic development camps.
Crystal’s personal training background includes training several professional & amateur athletes (basketball, football, hockey, boxing, baseball, soccer, track & field, bodybuilding, etc.). She has also trained many clients who were not athletes but were training for weight loss, muscle gains, toning, maintenance, posture correction, special populations and recreational competitors. As a professor at Conestoga College she has trained many who have become trainers (academically and physically) in the fitness and health promotion program in the first couple of years of its existence.
With an educational background of:
- University of Arkansas - Bachelors of Science (Kinesiology - Exercise Science & Personal Training)
- University of Arkansas - Minor in General Sciences
- Canadian Coaching certification (track and field)
- Certificate of National Academy of Speed and Explosion (NASE)
- Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH) - Massage Therapy Diploma
- University of California of Penn. - Masters of Exercise Science (Fitness and Health Promotion & Personal Training of National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Corrective Exercise Specialist & Performance Enhancement Specialist
Crystal hopes to bring experience as a former high level multi-sport athlete and her academic knowledge to Maximus. Her focus will be on athletic development both physically but most importantly mentally with the young up and coming athletes no matter the sport.
Sotonye brings a combination of scientific expertise and holistic acumen to Maximus, where she will serve in a consulting role, focusing her attention on athlete diet and nutrition. A graduate of Brock University in Biochemistry, Sotonye has worked as a medical laboratory technologist for 15 years, before beginning her move into the field of nutrition. She graduated top of her class from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, and has been practicing professionally as a nutritionist the past year, where she is currently in the process of launching her company, Global Heritage Nutrition.
Sotonye values natural, whole foods as a primary source of nutrients, with supplements being used to aid where necessary. Athlete nutrition is a challenging field full of oft-contradictory information, and making the right dietary choices is critical to long-term success. Sotonye is looking forward to guiding Maximus athletes towards a diet that will maximize their potential, and help them avoid fatigue and injury caused by poor nutrition.
Craig has a unique and multidimensional background in strength training. While he is formally trained and certified through the International Sports Science Association (ISSA), he has also had the good fortune of being mentored by some of the world's top strength coaches in the weight room. This includes Louie Simmons of the invite-only Westside Barbell elite training facility in Columbus, Ohio, and former world champion powerlifter Bill Kazmaier.
Throughout his coaching career, he's worked in the weight room with multiple World Boxing Champions, Olympians, and professional UFC fighters. He is the author of How to Bang: Explosive Punching for Combat Athletes, which includes contributions from top UFC coach Brandon Gibson, who coaches UFC Champions Jon Jones, Holly Holm, Alistair Overeem, and Carlos Condit. Craig will work Maximus's senior athletes in the weight room, helping them develop strength and explosiveness to translate into speed on the track.
Currently, Craig splits his time between working with a variety of clients at Lil’s Gym, and speaking at gyms, schools, and conferences internationally.