jTOEST COACHES

Mark — Head Coach

Mark started to train as a competitive swimmer at the age of 8 and by 12 years of age competed at the Swim Ontario Festivals (U13 Provincials) having met qualifying times in the maximum number of events permitted.

Mark then expanded his sport repertoire by adding the sports of cycling and running, training for both road and off-road cycling events as well as road and x-country running events. As a result, he is able to compete not just as a triathlete, but as a multisport and single sport athlete across all his sports.

In multisport & triathlon events: Mark qualified for 2019 Triathlon Worlds in Switzerland (in the sprint triathlon distance event), he qualified for 2019 Multisport Worlds in Spain (in the aquathlon event), and was the U19 Aquathlon 2018 Provincial Champion.

In single sport events: Mark raced as part of the Skratch Labs MTB team which took 1st at the 2019 Epic 8hr MTB Relay Race at Hardwood Hills, he swam to 1st in the U17 category (5th overall) in the Canaqua 5km Welland open water swim in 2019, and has raced annually in the Kelso MTB & Cyclocross Race Series held on the ski hills of Glen Eden in Milton, Ontario.

2019 Results

Canaqua 5km Open Water Swim
5th overall / 1st U17M

Epic 8hrs MTB Relay @Albion Hills
2nd place 6p team (Skratch Labs)

Epic 8hrs MTB Relay @Hardwood Hills
1st place 6p team (Skratch Labs)

2018 Results

Multisport Rose City Sprint Triathlon
1st Men U19

Caledon C3 KOS Triathlon
2nd M16-19

MEC Burlington Race Series
3rd in Race #1  &  2nd in Race #2

Caledon I Quarry Swim
1st Men U20 wetsuit 2000m

Kelso MTB Race Series Point Standings
2nd in M15-18

MJ — Performance Coach

MJ swam club with York as an age grouper, competed in triathlons with Team PB under Triathlon Hall of Fame coach Barrie Shepley and trained alongside 2x Ironman Triathlon World Champion Lori Bowden.

While at the University of Toronto, he swam on the Varsity Blues team as a distance freestyler under coaches Byron McDonald and Linda Kiefer, training alongside Olympians Marianne Limpert and Turlough O’Hare. At the same time, MJ trained with the UofT x-country and track teams to develop his running form for triathlons.

MJ earned his degree in rehabilitation medicine at UofT, is a registered and practicing physiotherapist, he holds a certificate in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), is a NCCP swim, triathlon, and cycling coach, is a published researcher, a self-published author and is the head coach of both TOEST and TOETT.

2019 Results

Triathlon Ontario Aquathlon Champion
M45-49

XTerra ‘Conquer the Crater’ Long Course
1st Overall

Qualified for XTERRA World Champs
in Kapalua, Hawaii

Guelph II Sprint Triathlon
3rd place M45-49  &
fastest swim across all pro athletes & M45-49

2018 Results

Triathlon Ontario Aquathlon Champion
M45-49

MSO Provincial Champ M45-49
in 400FR, 400IM, 200FLY

Caledon I Quarry Swim 4km
1st M40-49 wetsuit

Canaqua Welland Open Water Swim
3rd OV in 5,000m  &  1st in 40-44M