Deon arrived in Alberta 20 years ago, after being born and raised in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. His running career started early, on a gravel road in the small community of Croque, where he trained to represent Newfoundland at the 1993 Canada Games in track and field.
From there Deon continued his interest in competitive running by running cross country for Memorial University while completing his Bachelor of Science degree. A lifelong learner, he relocated to Fort McMurray in 2000 to pursue a Power Engineering program at Keyano College.
While attending Keyano College, running was never too far behind academics, therefore he ran cross country and excelled, representing Keyano College in 2002 and Alberta in 2003 at the CCAA (Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association).
Deon officially started coaching at Keyano College in 2000 until he moved to Calgary in 2013. During his tenure he was able to produce a provincial champion at the ACAC and a bronze medal at the CCAA Championships. As a coach he was continuously looking for opportunities to improve which led him to complete his coaching levels during this time.
While raising a family in Fort McMurray he took on coaching opportunities in the community. He was running coach for an active and competitive triathlon club for 4 years from 2010 – 2013, training many club age-group members to world championship races.
In the summer of 2013 Deon relocated to Calgary and began to coach privately along with being assistant coach of the SAIT Trojans for the 2014-15 season.
Deon’s approach to coaching is to focus on the individual needs of each athlete both physically and emotionally so that the excitement of winning becomes more powerful than the fear of failure.Therefore, he believes in a stress free fun environment so that the athlete can direct their energy towards reaching their full potential.In addition, he believes in developing a strong, positive (supportive and encouraging) and effective (productive and trusting) relationship between the coach and athlete so that there is a lifelong journey of commitment between both that can last a life time.Hence, Enjoy The Journey.
Our Athlete Coordinator will be pleased to welcome you to the Calgary Spartans, help you find the right coach and program, advise you on what to bring to the track and answer any questions you may have.
Any changes to the schedule will be communicated by Coach Llew to all group members.