Aug 6,2014(ISN) – LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western track and field coach Laurier Primeau is
leading the charge in bringing the world’s elite athletes to Vancouver as the
Spartans coach was a guiding force in the development of a Canadian base for the
World Athletics Center.
The World Athletics Center “exists to create…a
professional environment and approach to track and field.”
With a variety of support services, the WAC is a growing organization that is
focused on helping to develop upper echelon track and field athletes.
Now, the Spartans track and field team, which holds training camps twice a year at
the WAC central hub in Phoenix, Ariz., will have the chance to partner with the WAC
right in its own backyard.
“This opportunity, in some ways, dovetails nicely into what we are already doing at
Trinity Western,” said Primeau, who will enter his fourth year with TWU this fall.
“Philosophically, we have always approached recruiting at TWU with the perspective
that targeting student-athletes who have international aspirations would mean that
success at the collegiate level would be an easier task – it would simply be a
stepping stone to wearing the national team uniform.
“The World Athletics Center Vancouver will give our very best TWU athletes a
professional training entity to migrate to when their university eligibility has
The initiative to bring a base to Canada was largely led by Primeau and supported by
world-renowned sports chiropractor Dr. Gerry Ramogida.
“Successful centers are built around people,” said WAC CEO John Godina. “Too often,
organizations will adopt a ‘build it and they will come’ mentality – without putting
the requisite energies into attracting the right performance staff. We feel that
with Laurier and Dr. Ramogida, we have the best possible performance staff to
further develop track and field athletes in Canada and (we) cannot wait to get
Besides the location in Phoenix, there are now Centers in Shanghai, China,
Melbourne, Australia and Vancouver.
Canada will be offering the following services to athletes beginning in the 2014-15
* A 50/50 share of time between the two Centers. It is recognized that many athletes
cannot relocate to our Arizona hub full-time for two reasons:
1. securing a foreign resident Visa is not possible for all athletes
2. some athletes require part-time work to finance training and living costs – and
without a Visa, the athlete is unable to work in the U.S.
* special care and consideration will be taken to ensure that programming between
the two Centers are consistent and seamless. WAC Canada athletes will be training
under the exact same philosophy of WAC AZ, and will have access to elite Performance
Therapy while in Vancouver.
* integration into WAC AZ training groups while in Phoenix. Our Home Center Resident
Athlete Pool includes over 40 elite athletes – supported by eight coaches and eight
therapists. While in AZ, WAC Canada athletes will train with their respective
event-groups and the elite athletes within them.
* world-leading therapy support in each of the two Centers.
* world-class training venues in both Centers.
* housing assistance while in Vancouver.
* the unending desire of all of our coaches and staff to provide the very best
services for our athletes. We will leave no stone un-turned to ensure that the
athletes reach their potential.