Dr. Greg duManoir, PhD is a professor in Health & Exercise Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Greg’s expertise is in cardiovascular physiology and performance physiology & training. He has worked with numerous university, national and international athletes in a variety of sports. In addition, Greg was involved with the physiological and performance testing of the Edmonton Oilers.
Holding numerous certification within the sports performance field (CSEP – Certified Exercise Physiologist, Functional Movement Systems, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization), has allowed Greg to develop a unique approach to performance training including: general movement skill preparation, general physical preparation, special physical preparation and energy systems development. He looks forward to taking you through physiological & performance assessments to allow him to individualize the training programs and coaching within the strength and conditioning branch of Transcend Training.
Tristaca Curley is a Registered Dietitian based in Kelowna, BC, who specializes in sports nutrition. She has worked with national and provincial level athletes from a variety of sports. Her experience with hockey players has ranged from athletes in Bantam, Varsity, the BCHL and WHL, to participants at the Canada Winter Games. She was also a Sports Nutritionist for the National Coaching Institute, where she provided nutrition education to coaches. Tristaca is the nutrition expert with BodySense, an initiative from the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport aimed at fostering healthy body image in athletes. She is also a member of the Sport Nutrition Advisory Council of Canada. She has a Masters of Science (Sports Nutrition) from McGill University, a Bachelor of Science (Dietetics) from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) from the University of Victoria.
Lars played three years with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL, during which time he worked under Rob McLaughlin teaching power skating for Okanagan Hockey. In his six years of Power Skating instruction, Lars has worked with many teams and players in all different age groups including players in the NHL, AHL, ECHL, NCAA and Austrian leagues. Currently the skating coach for the Merritt Centennials (BCHL) the Princeton Posse (KIJHL), as well as the Okanagan Hockey Academy.
Steve O’Rourke is currently an assistant coach with the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League. He has also coached at the American Hockey League level with the Calgary Flames affiliate team, the Abbotsford Heat. He played professionally for seven seasons in Europe and North America along with playing in the WHL and BCHL. Steve has an extensive background in developing individual player skills with players that are currently in the NHL, AHL, WHL and NCAA. The basis of his training is developing stick skills, pass reception, puck protection, shooting deception, vision and improved hockey sense.
With over 25 years coaching experience and 15 years as a yoga teacher, Jen Wheaton brings a unique yoga perspective to the teams and individual athletes she coaches. Traditionally trained, Jen incorporates leading edge movement principles into ancient yogic practices to create a powerful and effective experience for high performance hockey players, goalies, teams and coaches. Her attention to detail infuses each yogi~coaching practice with a practical & experiential education of the body, mind and breath. She teaches the synergy between movement and mindfulness for improved mobility, functional core stability, injury prevention/recovery and performance preparation/recovery techniques for optimum athletic achievement and personal mastery.
Joining Okanagan Hockey Academy was the best decision I made to advance my hockey development. I grew as a person and as a player thanks to our amazing coaches. My education was held to a very high standard by our education advisor and tutors. I also met people who will be lifelong friends."