Garth Prousedirector of fitness
Garth is an industry veteran with extensive expertise training private clients, coaching teams, and teaching a variety of fitness classes. With over twenty years of experience in the fitness industry, he has helped clients of all ages attain their maximum physical potential and overall health goals. Garth’s approach to strength and conditioning has helped enhance the performance of his varied clientele, not limited to but including professional and junior athletes, children, teenagers, expectant mothers, business professionals, and seniors.
Garth is a former member of Canada’s National Rugby Team, as well as a BC Junior A Hockey alumni. His time in the BCHL with the New West Outlaws, Surrey Eagles, and Trail Smoke Eaters taught him resilience, discipline, and patience, as did competing amongst some of the fittest in the world as one of the first Canadians to attend the CrossFit Games. Now retired from competitive sport, Garth carves out time to serve as the head coach of the Capilano Rugby Club. His experience with high-level athletics lead him to develop a unique training method, focused on proper mechanics, balanced programming, and encouraging clients to reach their desired levels of physical performance through safe and consistent progress.
As the Director of Fitness at the NSWC, Garth oversees all fitness operations, providing leadership for team and group classes as well as personal training. Garth manages the strength and conditioning for hockey, tennis, and swimming, whilst creating and coaching new class formats and generating a fantastic culture and environment for all fitness users.
Kiana Watsonu15 female head coach
Kiana started hockey at the age of 5, playing various levels until U18 which she spent 2 years playing U18AAA for the West Coast Avalanche (now the Greater Vancouver Comets). Kiana moved on to playing junior in the JWHL for Northwood School in Lake Placid NY where she received a few NCAA offers for the following season. After narrowing down her options and deciding on Boston University, Kiana was unfortunately unable to follow through because of multiple concussions, subsequently ending her hockey career.
Throughout Kiana’s playing career, her U18AAA team won the JWHL Challenge Cup in Washington, DC, and she was given the opportunity to play at the BC Winter Games on the U16 team.
Currently, Kiana is finishing up her BSc in Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise Science, and a minor in Nutrition and hopes to complete a Masters in Physical Therapy one day. Through her academics and experience, she excels in finding ways to optimize athletic performance in each individual.
This will be Kiana’s 4th season as a Head Coach with the North Shore Winter Club female program and she is very excited to continue to be a part of it!
Hockey has been Kiana’s life for 20 years now and she feels extremely lucky to have played with and coached some exceptional players. Kiana strives to ensure the girls are given every opportunity to succeed, reach their goals and see that there is a path for them in the hockey world.
Sam Hustonfitness coach
The primary focus of Sam’s training is assessing and addressing his clients’ strengths and weaknesses in order to find ways to challenge them to get stronger each and every day. Their goals are his goals, plain and simple! Sam creates a demanding and engaging training environment and concentrates on areas pertaining to the specific requirements of an athlete and how they relates to sport and life. This includes balance, foundational strength, functional and dynamic movements, core activation, s.a.q (speed agility quickness), power, flexibility, and body maintenance.
Nick Riccardifitness coach
Nick has been working at the NSWC since 2013, training a variety of clients including those returning from injuries to various groups of dry land hockey players. He has spent many years rehabbing his own serious injuries and has always come back stronger and smarter. Because of this, Nick focuses on prevention and maintaining a balanced, focused program tailored specifically to each of his clients. Nick has played hockey since he was a child, spent many years training in martial arts, teaches self defense, and coaches soccer professionally. Whatever sport, Nick can help!