Meet the Coaches
Brett Tippie, is one of Canada’s premier dual sport athletes, and has been both a professional mountain biker and snowboarder for well over a decade. He has been coaching on snow an dirt for over 20 years. Brett a born leader, and self-titled Director of Good Times!
Paul Berry is an outdoor enthusiast. For the past few years he has participated in endurance mountain biking, and was the 2012 world champion in the 6 hour mountain bike discipline. He has owned Spoke N' Motion Bike & Ski shop for 27 years, and has coached kids in mountain biking for 8 years.
Jay Roque brings something very special to the camp - a history of addictions and recovery through the Phoenix Centre, with a passion for biking that helped him through. Jay joined the camp in 2015 and connected very deeply with the youth. Jay is a proud First Nations mountain biker and bike mechanic who has worked and ridden in the pro bike industry for 18 years. Although he is not yet a qualified coach (we are working on that), he has the skills and attitude that makes him a perfect mentor in the Ashes to Dust Mountain Bike Camp. Jay continues on his path to recovery and demonstrates that a passion for biking is transformative.
Tera Meade joined the camp in 2014 and has brought a competitive and caring attitude to the program. Tera was awarded the Kamloops This Week’s Readers' Choice Award for Best Personal Fitness Trainer in 2015 and 2016. She is a qualified mountain bike instructor, a three-time Canadian Dual Slalom Mountain Bike Champion, multi time Canadian national team member, fitness programmer and personal trainer, fitness competitor, private mountain bike instructor, and sociology graduate. Her positive attitude and amazing skills inspire the young men in the camp. You can learn more about Tera on her Facebook page:
Kevin Wood is an incredible mentor and coach. His ten years of coaching experience and supportive and easygoing attitude resonates with the youth in the camp. Kevin enjoys all types of biking; downhill, cross-country, road; and is and accomplished dirt biker. When he is not on the trails, Kevin designs functional art, making stunning furniture and home décor.
Dutchie Forshner got involved with the camp in 2014 through his work with Urban Systems. The Urban Systems Foundation staff volunteered to shuttle bikes and riders at the 2014 camp. Upon discovering that he was an experienced rider, Dutchie was recruited to be mentor and support rider for 2015 camp. Mountain biking has been a huge part of Dutchie’s life for the past 13 years. He grew up in northern BC and bought his first decent bike when he was 19 (and had a real job). Since moving to Kamloops and discovering the abundance of trails (relative to the north) he spends winters looking forwards to riding in the spring, summer and fall. It is on the trails that Dutchie has made some of his best friends and had some of the best experiences of his life.