Dave Balne, ChPC
OSC Program Director
Level IV NCCP; Level IV CASI Evaluator, CSCP Master Learning Facilitator, HBOR, BSc.
The ultimate legacy that I would like to leave as a coach is not just a list of successful athletes, but rather a group of people who are the products of being successful athletes: active members of society and positive role models for future generations. I strongly believe that serious participation in sport teaches young adults the self confidence, self reliance, and motivation to accomplish more then they could have imagined. Snowboarding is a great metaphor for life, and has proven to be a fantastic tool for connecting with athletes. Just as no two turns are the same, no two athletes are the same.
When faced with a unique (and stressful) situation, an athlete must rethink their approach, test out a theory, evaluate the outcome, and then prepare for the next situation. In snowboarding, there is no right or wrong, only consequences. An athlete can be successful if they can quickly work through this process and arrive at a workable solution.As a coach, I derive an unbelievable amount of satisfaction when an athlete demonstrates that they are able to think independently and critically to overcome a situation that was not necessarily in “the plan”.
An athlete’s success in snowboarding today is directly transferrable to their future success in life. It is my responsibility to create interesting, unique, and appropriately sequenced opportunities to keep my athletes learning every single day. I believe that an athlete who has had these kinds of opportunities will learn to not only ride and race well, but will learn tenacity to peruse opportunities that will knowingly push their skills and boundaries. I am always learning to ride better, coach better and I love the process of creating new and fun ways to get to the bottom of things.
Cory has been coaching with the team for the past few years. Although newer to the coaching scene, Cory has been teaching for over ten years and is an active evaluator with the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors. His keen eye and solid understanding of the technical subtleties of snowboarding makes him an outstanding resource to our developing riders. When Cory is not ripping it up on snow, he is dominating the social media scene on behalf of Glen Eden or dreaming up the next ‘must-have’ app. He has been trying to grow a beard since 2009.
Jeremy is one of the most respected and qualified coaches in Canada and has a long history of inspiring young riders perform at their best. Easy going andalways up for anything, Jeremy is a great asset to our team. When he’s not shredding, Jer is an avid inline skater, and is leading the nomination process to get it approved as an exhibition event in the next summer Olympics. Make sure to ask him about his latest video part.
T2T Coach (Quebec)
Le snowboard a toujours été une passion. En 2008 j’ai suivi mon niveau 1 de l’ACMS dans le but d’enseigner le snowboard et de partager cette passion. J’ai enseigné dans plusieurs écoles de 2008 à 2013, tout en me perfectionnant au sein de l’ACMS. En 2012, j’ai fait le saut du côté de la compétition. 2015-2016 sera ma quatrième saison en tant qu’entraîneur. Mon objectif en tant qu’entraîneur est de développer l’athlète selon ses propres capacités. Chaque athlète possède un potentiel immense qui lui est unique. Je vois mon rôle comme un guide qui permet à chaque athlètede se développer selon ses propres compétences et ses propres désirs. Il n’y a pas de méthode unique et chaque plan de coaching doit s’adapter à chaque athlète en tant qu’individu. Mon moto est : «Essayer. Tomber. Se relever. Essayer encore. Tomber encore. Mieux se relever.» La perfection demande plus de 10 000 heures de pratiques. Il n’y a pas de magie. L’entraînement comprend des chutes et j’essaie d’amener chaque athlète à se dépasser tout en comprenant que de tomber n’est pas un échec mais une étape de l’apprentissage. Chaque chute, chaque erreur est une étape cruciale du développement. Nous formons, dans nos deux clubs, des athlètes mais aussi des être humains qui sauront comment foncer et traverser toutes les épreuves qu’ils/elles rencontreront, que ce soit lors d’une course ou au cours de leurs vies.
Comp Development Coach (In Training); CASI II
Former SBX Athlete From a young age, I knew that snowboarding was going to have a major impact on my life. I began at the age of 10 and immediately fell in love with the freedom that riding provided. I joined the SBX team through my home club of Caledon Ski Club and began racing around the Province. After this, I followed the Provincially events and was soon asked to join the Ontario Snowboard Club. I raced with this team at all Provincial and National events from 2005 – 2008 and also competed on the FIS and NorAm circuit. After juggling races with the team and the demands of a college course load I decided to cut-down my racing. The next winter I was offered a job coaching the SBX team at Caledon Ski Club. The same year, I met Dave Balne and was honoured when he offered me the position as theDevelopment Team Coach. Snowboarding, to me, is more than just a sport; it is a true passion and a lifestyle. SBX has influenced my life in so many positive ways. It has taught me the true value in commitment, focus, and sportsmanship. As an athlete I know the qualities that supported my athletic career and now strive to be a mentor for my riders. By sharing my experiences and knowledge with my riders, I can support them in building the confidence and skills necessary to be successful SBX athletes. I intend to provide the training and resources necessary so that we can work together to meet personal and athletic goals.
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An ex-ski racer, turned into Coach/Instructor with a passion for sport development. After over 10 year instructing/coaching I realized the impact mental preparation had/has on athletes. Completing my Masters degree at the University of Ottawa in 2010, I have embarked on a whole new journey. From working with regional to world cup level athletes, I have learned to spread my passion in a different way all the while helping athletes attain their goals and reach excellence. Focus, confidence, stress, positive self-talk, visualization, and relaxation are skills that are inter-related. If one element is out of sync, performance is out of sync. I help athletes keep all elements in sync so that they canachieve excellence.
Strength & Conditioning
Formal Education / Primary Certification
- Hons. BSc. Kinesiology McMaster University
- NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) ExperienceMcMaster University Varsity Soccer player (4 years)
- 4 years instructing exercises for spinal cord injury and Multiple Sclerosis patients Specialties
- Sport Specific Training
- Injury Rehabilitation (working with your therapist)
- Weight Loss