Founded in 2013

Dedicated Specialists in Our Field.

The Gazelles Track & Field Club are dedicated specialists in our field. Our coaching staff includes some of the most outstanding coaches in Ontario and Canada with combined knowledge and experience to help take each Athlete to the next level.
 
Our coaches follow a process and program designed to understand each individual athlete’s needs and set appropriate goals to ensure success for those athletes under their care. Our coaches interact on a personal basis with each athlete by building relationships, communicating with, motivating and pushing them to a new level to deliver results. We help athletes with their self-esteem; to believe in themselves and their abilities through education, opportunities and challenges. We help athletes maintain perspective and how to handle and rebound from failures and setbacks. Our coaches also understand the pressures that student-athletes face and establish a good working relationship to ensure success on all fronts.
 
Our Coaches Do Not:
  •  Encourage the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs)
  •  Place the Athlete’s overall health in jeopardy over short-term gains
  •  Break any of the rules of competition
  •  Plagiarize from other coaches but rather have our own system on which we have based our specialties.

Coach Tabia

2008 Olympian and University of Miami Hall of Famer, garnered seven conference titles at the University of Miami, was named an All American 10 times, which ranks second-most in program history, and was the 2006 NCAA Long Jump Champion . She was also named as both a Long Jump and Triple Jump All American in all three seasons at the University of Miami. She also holds the Canadian Senior Women’s Triple Jump Record and previously held the Canadian Senior Women’s Long Jump Record. Tabia Charles is also an OFSAA Record Holder as well.

Coach Randy

Coach Randy Brookes is the Founder of The Gazelles T & F Club and Head Coach of The Gazelles Youth Division. Recruited from several universities across North America including Notre Dame, TCU, Harvard, the University of Toronto and UCLA, Randy signed a 5 year athletic scholarship with UCLA and joined one of the greatest academic and athletic universities in the world. Randy was coached by John Smith, arguably one of the greatest sprint coaches in history and had the privilege to train and work with Trinidadian Ato Boldon (Olympic 100m Silver medalist and World 200m Champion), American Maurice Greene (previous 100m World Record Holder and Gold Medalist Olympian) and French star Marie-José Pérec (200m & 400m Olympic Gold Medalist) among others. Competing successfully at a high level coupled with years of sports training know how has made the transition of star athlete to high level sports performance coach rather seamless for Randy Brookes. Coach Randy has trained athletes on all levels with great success. He has placed athletes on Team Canada for Track and Field and worked with many national standing athletes in various sports. He has been named as a Team Ontario Coach and also nominated as Provincial Track & Field Coach of The Year. Coach Randy Brookes is a certified sprint coach and is ready to share his wealth of knowledge to athletes looking to enhance their performance and reach their next level of potential.

Coach Troy

Troy Adams played and excelled in several sports growing up including Basketball, Boxing, Track and field and Football. Training under coach Tony D'Oliveira along side future Olympians Nikita Holder, Justyn Warner, Tabia Charles and Anson Henry to name a few, it was here where the foundation was laid for speed, explosiveness and more importantly; how to control it. With the option of multiple Track and Football Scholarships, Troy decided to further his aspirations in football. At Northeastern State (Oklahoma) NCAA Troy majored in Health and Human Performance, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. On the field Troy achieved All-Conference conference Honors, as well as a conference Championship.

After University, Troy continued to play football Professionally with Team Canada National Team (IFAF World Championship) Atlanta Steel (IFL), Chicago Bears training camp (NFL) & the Saskatchewan Roughriders ( CFL).

Coach Dennison

Dennison Collins was one of Canada’s top sprinters in the 100m. He was the Ontario university 60m champion, NJCAA 100m and the 2007 Canadian Track and Field National Championships finalist.

More recently, Dennison Collins has coached his athletes to athletic stardom. One of his athletes was the top Midget Female Sprinter in Canada. She is the 2019 national champion in the 100m and 200m, 2019 OFSAA champion in 100m and 200m.

Coach John

My name is John Thompson. I am a certified Secondary School Teacher in Physical Health and Education. Over the years I have been a coach of Hockey, Baseball, and Soccer. My emphasis has always been to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience for the athletes. My track experience comes from my competitive days as a High School and University Athlete at Laurention University. As a University athlete, I qualified for Nationals as an individual and with my team in both Track and Cross Cross between 1995 & 1999. My main events in Track were the 800m, 1000m & 1500m. As a middle-distance runner and coach, it is my philosophy that quality trumps quantity and make sure that athletes are not overtraining.

Coach Tyra

Coach Tyra was a two-year Track and Field Team Captain at Pine Ridge Secondary School in Pickering. She was an OFSAA Triple Jump Champion as a Senior and Canadian Junior National Triple Jump Silver Medalist. Coach Tyra went to the University of Buffalo on Scholarship where she was a 2 year Track and Field Team Captain and broke a school record in the 100m. As a student-athlete at the University of Buffalo Coach Tyra competed at the Division 1 level in long jump, triple jump, 100m, 200m and relays.

Coach Nicole

Nicole Bekzadeh is passionate about strength training and its benefits for all ages. She is a competitive powerlifter, currently competing at the national and provincial level in the squat, bench press and deadlift. She specializes in teaching individuals how to gain and maintain strength so they can be more powerful: whether it is carrying a heavy school bag or being explosive at the starting line.

Her expertise in strength training results in a strong belief in training smart and safe. She works with athletes to ensure that their strength training complements their goals while educating trainees on the benefits of resistance training for positive health outcomes.

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