Tommy Ferris – Head Coach
Tommy started running competitively with his school’s cross-country team when he was 10 years-old and found a natural knack for running. He did his first triathlon in 1998, and even though it was disastrous and every possible rookie mistake was made, he was hooked. Always a passionate cyclist logging countess hours in the saddle, he is also a former provincial-level rower and competed at the Canadian National Henley Regatta alongside some of North America’s premier rowing teams.
Tommy competed for many years as one of the country’s top duathletes with victories and top finishes across North America. With an ambitious and successful return to triathlon, Tommy quickly ascended the elite age group category and was the 1st place overall winner of the Rev3 Cedar Point Half in September of 2013, his first major international victory.
Tommy was involved in an accident while racing in September 2014 and has been recovering from a traumatic brain injury ever since. His athletic career has been sidelined to focus on family and recovery.
Outside of triathlon Tommy has led a successful career as a media artist and has worked in several different fields including television, design, motion design and photography. He has two beautiful daughters.
In September of 2014, Tommy was involved in a serious bike accident and is not working with coaching clients till further notice.
My approach to coaching:
Life revolves around sport, not other way around. As much as we would like it to be the opposite, each of us have our own set of unique circumstances that need to be taken into consideration when creating a training schedule. The very first step in my coaching process is to determine exactly how much, when, and at what level you’re able to train. I’ve had countless coaches over the years and have learned from every one of them. The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that in order for an athlete to succeed, she or he needs to understand, and for that to happen communication is crucial. There’s nothing worse than feeling like all the work you’re doing as an athlete is pointless, so explaining the value of every session I map out for my athletes – as well as exactly what role it plays in the big picture of their annual training plan – is something I do for every one of my athletes. I’m passionate about all things triathlon and running and get a huge amount of joy out of sharing and applying all the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years when creating my training programs. I want to produce results just as much as my athletes want to see them! I believe in an open coach-athlete communication channel an am in touch with all of my athletes as much as I can be. As a coach it’s my job to answer any questions that may come up about training, and I try to do so as promptly as I can.
Tommy At A Glance:NCCP Trained Triathlon Coach
TRX Certified Trainer
Elite level competitive athlete
15 Years Racing Experience
Selected Racing Highlights:1st Overall – 2013 Rev3 Cedar Point Half
5th Overall – 2013 K-Town Long Course
2nd Overall – 2013 Peterborough Half
16th Overall (5th amateur) – 2013 Syracuse 70.3
10th Overall (2nd amateur) – 2012 Muskoka 70.3
24th Overall (11th amateur) – 2012 Steelhead 70.3
17th Overall (2nd amateur) – 2011 Syracuse 70.3
Welland Duathlon course record holder since 2010