Antoine Boussombo is a former Gabonese sprinter specializing in the 200 metres. At the 1997 Jeux de la Francophonie he won silver medals in both 100 m and 200 m sprint. He also competed at the World Championships in 1995, 1997, 1991 and 2001, as well as two Olympic Games.
Antoine is now a secondary school teacher and holds a bachelor's degree in physical education. For the last 20 years he has dedicated his time coaching athleticism to youth and specializing in sprints, hurdles and jumps. In 2015 he won Developmental Coach of the Year Award by Athletics Alberta.
Throughout his career, 20+ of Antoine's athletes have competed at a varsity level many of whom where scouted by by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). Some of Antoine's former athletes have also competed at the national and international level, representing Team Canada at international competitions such as the IAAF World Juniors and Les Jeux de la Francophonie.
Coach Antoine's experience as a high performance athlete as well as his extensive experience coaching, training and mentoring youth have made him an award-winning coach to athletes who continue to break records and reach new heights.
"A coach is like a Chef. He always finds the best recipes to satisfy his customers."
- Coach Antoine
François Boucher is a secondary school teacher and holds a bachelor's degree in physical education and a master's degree in physical activity sciences, specializing in motor and skills development.
François has been a high performance coach for 35 years. He is responsible for the skill development, conditioning and speed of our athletes. Throughout his career, François has coached various teams of all levels and ages and across a multitude of sports including hockey, soccer, football, basketball and badminton. Many of coach François' athletes are now professional athletes and have been drafted to teams and leagues across North America, mostly notably in the North American Junior Hockey League.
Coach François' experience and connections in the various fields of athletics have allowed him to become a quality instructor. He is a dedicated coach and his development philosophy is the basis of our values at Nova Athletics Track Club.
"My coaching philosophy is to direct the athletes through a great experience and developmental challenge. I think my role is to build and develop skills making sure they can improve themselves. I love it when my athletes ask themselves questions about their technique, their development and what they need to improve. As a coach, I will give them feedback but through the ricochet of a question to make them think and then discuss with them and see if they have found what they need to improve or change. With that strategy, we do not want to build robots but athletes who are responsible for their own development and strategies in order to be ready to face any eventuality."
- Coach Francois