January 21, 2019

2017/18 Coaching Team

Telemark Head Coach Adam ElliotHead Coach Adam Elliot (NCCP# 984975)

Coach Adam Elliot has been the Telemark Head Coach since 2008.  Adam has been skiing at Telemark since he was 3 years old and enjoyed many successful years racing for Telemark.  While he occasionally demonstrates that he continues to be one of the top competitors in the province with podium placements in Masters’ division races, his main passion and effort is in passing on his considerable expertise in cross country ski technique, training, conditioning, and waxing to our Junior Race athletes.

Adam is certified “Learn to Compete” “Competition Development”, and a Graduate of the Two year Advanced Coaching Diploma (Level 4 Coach) at the NCI and is also Head Coach of the BC Development Team.

Adam’s Coaching Philosophy

I Love XC Skiing! Half of the highest recorded VO2MAX scores are from cross country skiers; competing in this sport is very physically demanding. A wide variety of training opportunities can be utilized including high elevation mountain Running, Skiing on Glaciers in the middle of summer, Cycling, Strength and of course Roller Skiing.

It is my privilege to providing exposure to a variety of training adventures and experiences which raise athlete comfort zone and personal limitations while also providing athletes with the tools to become capable active successful people.

My goal for the Telemark Racers is to deliver good experiences in a supportive encouraging and progressively structured training environment so members may achieve their goals of performance excellence. My Job’s privilege is to support others on their Journey to Performance Excellence with my infectious love of my sport, passionate leadership, technical gifts and work ethic.


coachchrisBiathlon Head Coach – Chris Halldorson (NCCP#1074324)

Coach Chris has extensive experience as a coach and competitor in both nordic skiing and biathlon.  As a biathlon coach he is certified at the Competition Development “Learn to Compete” level by the NCI, and in nordic coaching he is trained at the “Train to Train” level.  More information about the Telemark Biathlon club can be found on their web site at http://telemarkbiathlon.com/.





Our Program Coordinators

Youth Programs Bridge Program L2T L2C & T2C
Deepa Filatow Brent Hobbs Kyle Hawes Adam Elliot
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Our Volunteer Coaching Team



Deepa Filatow (NCCP# 1186501)

Deepa is our Junior Development program coordinator, and is in training at the “Train to Train” level by the Canadian Coaching Institute (CCI).  She is an active triathlon coach, and has years of experience in team building and outdoor leadership, as well as having been an alpine ski instructor.


Brent HobbsBrent Hobbs (NCCP# 5647457)

Brent wears many hats for our race team!  He is the program coordinator for our Bridge program, President of our race team executive, and coach extraordinaire!  He in training at the “Learn to Train” level by the CCI, is an active triathlon coach, and has decades of competitive swim coaching experience.



Paul ShipleyPaul Shipley (NCCP# 1186508)

Paul is the coordinator for our Telemark Junior Racers and Telemark Racers 1 programs, is certified by the CCI at the “Train to Train” level.  In addition to coaching for our race team, he ran a martial arts school at UBC Okanagan for twelve years, and raced and coached whitewater canoe and kayak for fifteen years.


Ross McKinnon Ross McKinnon (NCCP# 218354)

Ross has a long history as a coach, competitor, and active volunteer in the nordic world.  He is trained by the CCI at the “Train to Train” level, and is level II certified under our previous system.  He also has considerable experience both competing and coaching in sprint canoe.



Alison Campbell Urness (NCCP# 5587020)

In addition to coaching for our race team, Alison has coached for Telemark’s JackRabbits program and has many years of experience as a wilderness guide and canoe instructor.  She is trained by the CCI at the “Learn to Train” level.


rohrKyle Hawes (NCCP# 5655444)

Kyle is in training at the “Learn to Train” level by the CCI and has been active with both the Jackrabbits Program and Telemark Race Team. On race day Kyle works with the other coaches as the wax coordinator to ensure that all skis are prepped and waxed and that parents are mentored and encouraged (not intimidated) and athletes can stay calm and focused on their races. It all adds up to a more enjoyable and rewarding experience!

Joe Wessel

Tim Mayer

Valentina Miller

Deren Sentesy