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Has been producing world class athletes since 2005. Created and supported by the community for the community, Team Squamish is a grass roots youth cycling team developing athleticism, community leadership and pride.

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You can download the application here and drop it off at one of the local bike shops, or scan and email it to us; or, drop by Corsa, Tantalus or Republic bike shops and pick up an application there.

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Coaching Philosophy

My name is Mike Charuk. I have been the coach for Team Squamish since May 2010.

I have been involved in competitive mountain biking since 1990. Teams that I have been on are: Whistler Back-roads, Natural Earth Racing and Team Whistler. I am also a member of the National Track Cycling Team as a RMT. My formal education has been in Physical Education (Brock University) Sports Injury Management (Sheridan College) and Massage Therapy (WCCMT) I also have coaching certifications in rugby, boxing and snowboard instructing.

I view my role with Team Squamish not only as a coach in the training capacity but also one as a facilitator and liaison. Common elements of my coaching include but are not limited to:

  • Have mutual respect between rider and coach.
  • Be open and honest.
  • Be accountable.
  • Educate rider to become independent.
  • Have mutual commitment for the rider to achieve individual potential.
  • Coach in a simple structured way that is underpinned by current exercise science and be clear and critical in assessment.
  • Seek feedback from riders.

Be reflective about and committed to ongoing learning and development.

  • Be equitable.
  • Work within the rules of the sport.
  • Follow the program and you WILL be successful.

Lastly, keep it fun…and it can be fun standing on the podium.

Mike Charuk

Team Squamish Head Coach

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