Coach Liz Burges-Sims
Coach Liz has always loved working with and challenging children to be strong, confident and ambitious. She became a teacher’s assistant at Camp Fortune by age 15, guiding the little ankle biters down the big hills. One year later, she became a fully certified ski instructor and spent the next eight years chasing down the perfect snow with her students and clients as a Level III ski instructor, coach and guide in Ottawa, Banff, Whistler and New Zealand.
From ski instructor to run coach, Liz believes that any race goal is possible with a little perseverance and coaching. This belief is so strong that she is not afraid to lead by example: crossing the Ironman Canada finish line in 2007 with her 15-month old son in her arms and the commentator calling out her name followed by “a new Mum, and now an IRONMAN!!”.
Now as a ‘Run, Jump, Throw’ National certified coach, she looks forward to nurturing the next generation of athletes. Liz believes that training with family and friends epitomizes a healthy lifestyle. Her two kids play an essential role in shaping her successes as an athlete. The juggle is not easy, but with the proper support and coaching, it is always possible! Liz is an ultra-distance runner who — while working full-time, parenting two very busy kids, and juggling international moves — completed several Ultra-distance runs including 3 X Two Oceans Ultra and the gruelling 88k Comrades Ultra Marathon UP-RUN from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in June 2015.
The secret of her success? Solid coaching (thanks Coach Mike), fantastic training partners and a supportive family. Proof of her success? On the drive home from the Comrades finish line, her nine year old son announced: “Mummy, I am going to run Comrades with you one day”.