Mark Swanlund


Program

Multi Event (Long Jump)

A new member of the Calgary Spartans team of coaches, Mark brings a meticulous and discerning eye to one of Track & Field’s most technical events – Long Jump. “You never have perfect technique,” he says. “There’s always more than meets the eye and always things that aren’t immediately apparent that every athlete can do with their jumps or landings, no matter how experienced they are. But that’s good, because that means there’s always room to improve a long jumper’s performance”.

In addition to his careful attention to jumping technique, Mark places a high premium on goal setting, helping his athletes set short-term, medium-term and long-term goals in order to break down athletic development into manageable steps. “Athletes need their stepping stones to make that big goal they’re shooting for,” he says. To do this, he stresses that athletes must not only understand what they need to do to improve, but that they must also be reminded of what they do well. “You need all types of feedback to keep an athlete motivated,” he says. “What I love most about teaching and coaching, is when athletes finally hit that breakthrough”.

 

Coaching Highlights

University of Calgary Junior Development (ages 6-12) — one year

 

Athletic Highlights

1998 Canadian Legion Track & Field Championships — Gold (Long Jump), Bronze (200m), Bronze (4x100m Relay)
2003 Western Canada Games – Silver (Long Jump)
2003 & 2004 Senior National competitor in Long Jump and Triple Jump
2003 CIS Indoor Championships – 9th (Long Jump)
Athletics Alberta Outstanding Athlete – 1996 and 1998
CALTAF Outstanding Athlete – 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2000

 

Contact

Please contact our Athlete Coordinator from the Contact webpage.
Our Athlete Coordinator will be pleased to welcome you to the Calgary Spartans, help you find the right coach and program, advise you on that to bring to the track and answer any questions you may have.

Practice schedule

Fall outdoor season

The fall outdoor season has ended.

Indoor season

Coach Mark’s group has moved indoor from mid November having the following schedule:

Week Day Time Slot Practice Type Location
Monday 5:00PM to 7:00PM

7:00PM to 8:00PM

Regular practice

weights

The Olympic Oval at University of Calgary

join session with coach Dale group

Wednesday 7:00PM to 8:00PM weights join session with coach Dale group
Friday 5:00PM to 7:00PM

7:00PM to 8:00PM

Regular practice

weights

The Olympic Oval at University of Calgary

join session with coach Dale group

Any other disruptions to this schedule will be privately communicated by coach Mark in advance to all group members.