"A good coach can change a race, but a great coach can change a life."

DARL SUTHERLAND

HEAD COACH

Darl Sutherland has over 20 years of coaching experience.  His experiences are fueled by his athletic experience on the race scene.

Darl Sutherland is a Level 3 in training Certified Endurance Coach with certifications in:

Safety Workshops on High Risk Events

Coach Initiation in Sport

Coaching Athletes with a Disability

Making Head Way in Sport (concussion protocols)

Developing Athletic Abilities

Coaching Athletes with Down syndrome

Diversity and Inclusion in Action

Leading Drug-free Sport

Make Ethical Decisions

Managing Conflict

NCCP Emergency Action Plan eLearning

Safe Sport Training

Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders

Darl Sutherland has coached several provincial champions, national champions and medalists, OFSAA medalists, and team Championships. 

As an athlete Darl Sutherland was nationally ranked in the 10k, 1/2 marathon, full marathon, and ultra marathon.  He was ranked in the top 20 on several occasions in Canada.

Some highlights include:

OCAA Provincial X-C Champion individual and team

2X OCAA Silver Medalist

2X CCAA National Bronze Medalist individual

Winner of over 130 races

2006 Mississauga Marathon winner

2007 PEC Marathon Winner

2012 Amhertzberg Marathon Winner

Comrades Ultra Marathon (South Africa)

2013 inducted into OCAA Hall of Fame

WENDY JONES

ASSISTANT COACH

Wendy is thrilled to be joining the Lighting Team as an assistant coach. Her kinesiology expertise and her love of running make her a welcome addition. Wendy has coached track and cross country for over 20 years in the community and has coached with the Peterborough Pirates Triathlon Club for the past 5 years. Mentoring these athletes to achieve their personal goals is at the heart of Wendy’s coaching philosophy.

Since joining Kawartha Lakes Lightning Wendy has been instrumental in our team's success.  Our team has experienced growth and success in large part due to Wendy's positive role-modeling and strength based coaching.   We are truly lucky to have Wendy as part of our club.

Highlights of Wendy’s competitive racing career:

Ø Winner of many age group races for 5 km to Half Marathon.

Ø 2013 National Triathlon Age Group Champion Sprint Distance.

Ø 9th place at The World Triathlon Championship (1st Canadian Female).

Ø Multiple qualifier and competitor in The Boston and New York Marathons.

KYRA CARSON

JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT TEAM ASSISTANT COACH &

ASSISTANT EVENT COORDINATOR

Kyra has a long list of athletic accomplishments including Kawartha, Cossa, and Eastern Regional appearances.  During our pandemic, this athlete took a stand to aid our club to host workouts, virtual races, and competitions. Kyra is a role model for our youth and while young, works under our Head Coach,  Darl Sutherland and Assistant Coach, Wendy Jones to aid in developing confidence and aid each athlete's pursuit to reach their goals.  Our club would have struggled instead of experiencing a 60% growth and offering over 8 meets to our athletes and other clubs.

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