Coach Bios

Rob Fisher – Head Coach
fisher-rob-00005Grew up in Sherwood Park, Alberta playing many sports during my school years. Baseball, School Track, Soccer, Volleyball, were among the regulars but Hockey was the main one until the end of high school when I switched gears to sprinting full time for the University of Alberta. Multiple provincial medals both club and high school, lead to many National Championship appearances including the 2004 Olympic Trials, 7 Canada West Medals and 2 CIS National Medals were proof that I had succored in achieving some of my dream goals as an athlete. Now switching gears to coaching I am helping others achieve their goals and dreams.

I teach junior high phys ed in Sherwood park during the day and coach at the school, with the club, with the university varsity program, and when called upon the provincial team and the national team during my “free” time. I have been fortunate enough to be a Provincial Team Head Coach with the Youth and Midget teams, a provincial staff coach for the 2007 Western Canada Games and 2013 Canada Games, Head Coach for Team Alberta at the 2015 Western Canada Summer games, and the sprints & hurdles coach at the 2011 IAAF World Youth Championships for the National Team.

Everyone has the right to chase their dreams and coaches like us help those people along the way. Always are we proud of the accomplishments of those we have the honor of working with. Sometimes, if your lucky, it turns into lifelong friendships, but you can always see the difference a coach can make in someones life and with that responsibility as a coach, I will never forget the positive influence I can have on someone I get to work with. So what are you waiting for? Let’s go chase some dreams!

Certifications

  • NCCP Performance Coach: Sprints, Hurdles, Relays – Certified, Jumps – Certified
  • NCCP Club Coach: Distance – Certified, Jumps – Certified
  • NCCP Run, Jump, Throw Instructor – Certified
  • Athletics Alberta Learning Facilitator: Sport Coach and Club Coach Levels
  • Athletics Alberta Evaluator: Sport Coach and Club Coach Levels
  • Athletics Alberta Materials Expert: Sprints, Hurdles, Relays, and Jumps

Ciera Heshka-Wolf
More info coming soon!

Certifications

  • NCCP Club Coach: Throws – Trained

Clayton Hayes

More info coming soon!


Raeleen Hunter

Raeleen first entered the track and field scene as a teenager, after being scouted by Leduc Track’s John Bole. Her interest in track and focus on mid-distance training led to a full scholarship at an NCAA division I university, West Virginia University. Wanting to support Canadian Athletics, she made the move to Ontario’s Windsor University, where she finished her degree in Human Kinetics. Running for the Windsor Lancers, Raeleen was coached by the late Dennis Fairall and Gary Malloy.

Raeleen’s coaching career began as she renewed her presence in the Edmonton Track & Field scene. She began coaching for the Edmonton Triathlon Academy while she worked toward the completion of her masters in coaching at the University of Alberta. She had been working with the UofA’s Green & Gold athletics program, when the opportunity arose to partner with Capital City Track Club.

As Capital City’s mid-long distance coach, she is determined to provide athletes a high performance training program that’s fun, and where athletes learn to balance training in their lives by making healthy decisions.

Highlights/Certifications

  • Team Title, Canadian Intercollegiate Sports Championships 2009-2011
  • 1st, Canadian Intercollegiate Sports Championships 2011, 1000m
  • Windsor Lancer Leadership and Development Award Recipient 2010-2011
  • CIS Athletic All Canadian 2009-2011
  • Bachelor of Human Kinetics, University of Windsor 2007-2011
  • NCCP Endurance Club Coach Certified 2013/2014
  • Master’s in Coaching, University of Alberta 2014-2016
  • Canadian National Endurance Conference 2015
  • Athletics Alberta Sprints and Hurdles Technical Module 2015
  • Alberta Summer Games Zone 1 Coach 2016
  • Science + Triathlon World Conference 2017
  • NCCP Performance Coach (Pending)
  • Body, Movement, and Culture Research group member

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Rachel, originally from Calgary, AB, began her track career with CALTAF where she trained in the distance group for eight years, initially, as cross training for hockey.  Upon transitioning to track full time and while completing her BSc degree in Biological Sciences at the UofC, she had the opportunity to coach CALTAF’s youngest training group, the CALTAF Cheetahs.  Rachel’s effectiveness as a Cheetah coach was evident by the growth of the group from an initial 40 kids to over 100 by the end of her 3 year tenure.  Through this experience, Rachel developed her love for coaching and passion for developing and inspiring young athletes to overcome the challenges of competitive track and field.  In addition, Rachel was employed by the Calgary Track Council as a Run, Jump, Throw instructor for delivery of the program in various elementary schools around the city to promote physical literacy in elementary aged children. She enjoys teaching the fundamentals of track and encourages a strong worth ethic and good sportsmanship.  It was through track that Rachel discovered the many life lessons the sport has to offer, which she hopes she can pass forward to future generations of track athletes. Upon moving to Edmonton to complete her MSc degree in Environmental Engineering at the UofA, she connected with Capital City where she started the junior developmental group for the club – an age group the club previously did not offer training for.  Now, she works in environmental consulting during the day and spends her free time coaching, running or at the climbing gym!

Certifications

  • NCCP Run, Jump, Throw – Certified
  • NCCP Sport Coach (in progress)
  • NCCP Club Coach: Endurance – Trained; Jumps – Trained

Emily Cliff

Emily has grown up in Edmonton for almost all of her life. She was introduced to track and field in junior high, where she fell in love with the sport. Emily joined Capital City Track Club as an athlete in high school where she was coached by Rob Fisher and Ciera Heshka-Wolf. Currently, Emily is pursuing her Bachelors of Kinesiology majoring in the Adaptive Physical Activity stream at the University of Alberta. Emily is also competing as a varsity thrower on the U of A Track and Field team. When Emily is not throwing or coaching, she enjoys acting in movies and commercials, spending time with her dog, travelling, and working part-time at Highlands Golf Club. For the past three years, Emily has been assisting Rachel Yee with the junior development program. She is always excited to bring her knowledge and first-hand experience of throwing shot put, discus, hammer throw, weight throw and javelin to the group. Emily is passionate about translating what she has learned as a thrower to the younger generations with hopes that they too will find joy in the sport like she has!
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Certifications

  • NCCP Club Coach: Throws – Trained

Lauren Town

Born and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Lauren was exposed to track at a young age as her mom was a track coach with St. Mary High School. Originally, a competitive Irish dancer and volleyball player, Lauren’s passion for track and field did not start until competing in high school where she was persuaded by her best friend turned training partner to train as a club athlete. During this time, she had the opportunity to attend various provincial championships, tri-province Westerns, the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games and the 2017 Jeux des Francophonie. After high school, Lauren moved to Edmonton to pursue her Bachelors degree in Kinesiology majoring in Physical Activity and Health at the University of Alberta. For three years, she also competed with the varsity team as a sprinter, coached by Rob Fisher, who approached her about coaching. For two years, Lauren has been assisting Rachel Yee with the junior development group where she puts her knowledge and experience of sprinting to work. Lauren hopes to spark the same passion for athletics with the young generation of track athletes and pass along many life lessons that the sport has taught her like work ethic, commitment, and sportsmanship. Though school and coaching take up the majority of Lauren’s time, she is also passionate about living an active lifestyle, travelling and the outdoors.


Danelle Sheppard

Danelle is originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland and now lives in Sherwood Park. She is in her second year at the University of Alberta studying kinesiology. She started in sports at the age of 2 with figure skating, going competitive at 8, and staying competitive until she was 17. She had opportunities to compete at provincials every year, Alberta Winter Games, and tri-provincial as well as national competition series. Danelle got into track originally through long-distance as a way to aid her skating, but after stepping away from skating in her grade 11 year, she fell in love with sprinting. During grade 12, she competed at both indoor and outdoor provincials, and joined the Bears and Pandas Track and Field team at UofA during her first year, coached by Rob Fisher. He later approached her about coaching, and she started at the beginning of the 2020/21 season. Danelle hopes to create a positive environment for the athletes to develop a love for track and field, and to aid in their journey to becoming great athletes.