Speed Skating Canada

COACH, NATIONAL PROGRAM

Todd McClements

BIOGRAPHY

Todd McClements has been a coach with Canada’s long track national team since 2012, working primarily with team’s Calgary-based middle and long distances male skaters.

A third generation speed skater from Saskatoon, McClements skated in the Olympic Oval’s long track program from 1991 to 2002 and competed at the Canada Winter Games before moving into coaching. He was hired on as a full-time coach with the Olympic Oval’s high performance program in 2004 and helped guide athletes such as Anastasia Bucsis, Kali Christ, Vincent de Haître, Lauren McGuire, Shannon Rempel, Brianne Tutt and Ben Donnelly to podium performance at World Cups and World Championships.

In addition to Canadian skaters, he has also mentored national team skaters from Austria, China, Sweden, North Korea and the United States who train in Calgary, most notably helping Anna Rokita of Austria earn a pair of top-10 finishes at Torino 2006.

McClements took on a role with the national team program in 2012 and in recent years began working alongside fellow coach Bart Schouten to oversees men’s middle and long distance skaters such as Ted-Jan Bloemen, Jordan Belchos, Graeme Fish and Tyson Langelaar.

QUICK FACTS

DATE OF BIRTH

December 19, 1973

BIRTHPLACE

Toronto, Ont.

HOMETOWN

Saskatoon, Sask.

TRAINING CENTRE

Olympic Oval (Calgary)

CERTIFICATION

Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC)

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Calgary

SPEED SKATING IDOL

Gaetan Boucher

FAVOURITE TV SHOW

The Wire

FAVOURITE BOOK

The Sun the Moon and the Stars by Steven Brust

HIDDEN TALENT

Cooking

BEST ADVICE

Focus on technique.

HOBBIES

I write music and play guitar, bass, mandolin and drums

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