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“If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Teach him to ride a bicycle however, and he will realise that fishing is both stupid and boring” - Desmond Tutu

Whether you are looking for some advice, some motivation or a structured one-on-one training plan, get in touch with one of the experienced triathletes on our coaching roster and start making your triathlon goals a reality.

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Hélène Desrosiers

Ironman University Coach

Hélène Desrosiers is a highly accomplished triathlete having qualified and competed at the ITU Age Group World Championship in London England, in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Clearwater, Las Vegas, Mont-Tremblant and Chattanooga and in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii 3 times. She is a 2016 and 2017 Overall Gold All World Athlete and a 12 times Boston Marathon finisher.  

Hélène is the former head coach of the Southern Ontario Triathlon Club and now resides in Mont Tremblant, Quebec where she continues to provide coaching on-line and in person. Hélène can be reached directly via her Ironman Coaching listing.

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Chris Cassey

NCCP Triathlon Coach

Chris Cassey completed Ironman Mont Tremblant in 2018 and has many half iron distance races under her belt. She was an age group athlete for Canada in Aquathlon (ya say that 5 times fast-and who knew it was a thing!?) at Worlds 2019 in Spain.  She firmly believes that you too can do an Ironman, or whatever other distance you desire, and you don’t have to sacrifice everything to do it. Her goal is to inspire others to reach for their triathlon dreams. 
NB:  She also believes she can hold her own against Stuart in post race fueling and funnies. 

Laurence Hanly

NCCP Coach

Laurence has been doing triathlons for 10 years, coaching for the last 3 and is currently training for the 2021 Canada Man. If you mention to Laurence that you are considering your first triathlon or even that you are vaguely interested in doing one, expect a lot of questions! Laurence's approach to triathlon is firstly, that it has to be fun and secondly, that improving overall performance is not always about going faster but rather about not slowing down. He can be reached via the contact us page on this website.

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Rob Turnbull

Ironman University Coach
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology 1989 McMaster University

  • Registered Massage Therapist (retired)

  • Triathlon Canada Coach Certification 2007

  • Ironman Coach Certification 2019

  • 2 Time Age Group World Triathlon Championships Qualifier – Sprint and Long Course

  • 13 Ironman Finishes – Canada, Lake Placid, Mont Tremblant, Wisconsin, Florida, Cozumel

  • Qualified via Legacy Program for 2021 Ironman World Championship (#14)

  • First Triathlon – Windsor Automan Olympic Triathlon 1984

  • First Ironman – Ironman Canada 1989

  • 70.3 PB – 4:57 (Esprit) Ironman PB – 11:09 (Lake Placid)

Rob resides in Collingwood, ON and can be reached directly via his Ironman Coaching listing.​


Stuart 'Ringo' Hayes

NCCP Triathlon and Cycling Coach

A two-time Ironman Finisher and NCCP Community Triathlon and Cycling coach, Stuart is dedicated to his family, his friends, his dog and triathlon (not necessarily in that order). If there is a funny side to any situation you can trust Stuart to find it, and even if there isn’t he’s still looking for it. Ringo is a leader in post-workout nutrition, you will find him in most coffee shops or restaurants immediately post workout.


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Are you passionate about triathlon and love helping others? SO-TRI is always looking for member-coaches. Consider doing your coaching certification with Triathlon Ontario  or Ironman and joining us!

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