Patrick was lured away from the sport of volleyball while completing a Physical Education degree at the University of Manitoba. His first season of Triathlon was 1995. With his education background in exercise physiology and kinesiology he quickly moved from rookie athlete to a group/team coach.

His coaching has since led him to become an NCCP certified coach and Triathlon Canada Coach Developer. He continues to coach Prairie Performance Triathlon, write programs for an online Triathlon portal, offer sport specific clinics and coach individual athletes from beginners through professionals.

Patrick continues to be a passionate competitor at the Olympic and 70.3 distance. Despite a respectable race resume that includes an Amateur Canadian Championship, he is most proud of some of the off-the-beaten-path endurance adventures he has accomplished, in particular, long distance swimming across Lake Winnipeg (31km), and swimming down the Red River through the city of Winnipeg (37km) and running the Grand Canyon Rim-Rim-Rim route.

Between raising a family, continuing to teach physical education and coaching multiple sports between two schools, Patrick manages a coaching business and finds time to hold back the years. During his years of coaching, he has developed a model and unique understanding of the requirements and challenges facing athletes living in Canada and the bordering states. Athletes who face training conditions consisting of long cold winters and short hot summers will thrive under his wisdom and guidance.

JARED SPIER – Assistant Coach

After starting triathlon in 2000, Jared quickly recognized that cycling may be his strength, but triathlon would always have his heart.

His athletic accomplishments include every colour of medal at National Age-Group Championships, success in every discipline of Provincial Cycling and quite a reasonable Strava trophy case, but it’s the fun adventures that matter the most. ‘Playing on a bike’ will always be the number one goal.

Jared has coaching certifications in triathlon and cycling, from both Canada and Great Britain, to offer a wealth of technical experience to Prairie Performance athletes. Whether it’s help with bike set-up, individual strengths or group riding, he’s happy to help offer advice and reasoning to empower our athletes.

You’ll see Jared coaching the Wednesday evening rides, indoors or out, as well as helping Coach Pat to set the mood during Sunday workouts at the Winnipeg Rowing Club.