My name is Leah Weiss, I reside in North Vancouver and race competitively in the Ironman 70.3 distance as an amateur athlete. Currently, I am the 2019 Ironman 70.3 Whistler champion for the F18-24 age group, alongside the 2019 BC Provincial Sprint triathlon champion for the F18-24 age group.
I've always had a competitive nature, and being up against a challenge is something I've loved most about sport throughout my life. That is, in short, what led me to triathlon...
After cycling for several years and watching some friends who had raced Ironman Whistler, I found myself thinking it was time to show up and see what all this triathlon talk had been about.
I guess you could say the rest is history.
With Dylan Gleeson as my coach, I plan to continue to work on efficiency, speed and technique in all disciplines of the sport. In this off season, I look forward to adding in a physical strength regime which will help to keep me injury free, and build myself as a more well rounded athlete for the season to come. In 2020, my key races will be Ironman 70.3 Victoria on May 31st, 70.3 Calgary on July 26th, and the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Taupo, New Zealand.
Among a handful of local shorter distance races to keep the body firing and peak fitness levels high, I will also be racing for Team Canada at the 2020 World Championships in the Sprint distance race held in Edmonton, Alberta.
I am so grateful to have the team at MVMTLAB behind me to ensure my success and health in this year ahead.
Ben Saxton followed in the footsteps of his father Don to become a Canadian Olympian in volleyball. But while his father’s success came on the indoor court, Saxton is fulfilling his dreams on the beach. After helping Canada earn an Olympic berth for London 2012, he and then-partner Christian Redmann lost in the final of the national trials. He went camping for a couple of weeks before figuring out what he would do next. Late in the year he partnered with fellow Albertan Chaim Schalk and they won their first tournament together, a NORCECA event in Chula Vista. That cemented the partnership of two players who were in favour of spending more time training in California with the top American teams. Another early highlight was a fifth place finish at the 2013 World Championships in Stare Joblonki, Poland for Canada’s best ever men’s result at the global event, after defeating one of the top teams in the world, Latvia’s Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs. Saxton and Schalk went on to reach their first ever FIVB World Tour podium in 2014, claiming bronze at the Parana Open in Argentina. They closed the season with a victory at the NORCECA continental championship. In 2015 they ended the season as the top-ranked Canadian men’s team on the World Tour, thanks in part to their podium finishes at the Yokohama and Olsztyn Grand Slam events. They reached a Major Series podium for the first time in July 2016, taking bronze in Porec, Croatia. In their Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Saxton and Schalk advanced to the round of 16. He is now trying to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.
Men's Beach Volleyball Athletes and National Team Hopefuls
A team of driven Men's Beach Volleyball athletes and National Team hopefuls are about to put in some work with our manual osteopath @adrianokwallace
Through the use of Plantiga's technology we will be able to track metrics such to g-forces, symmetry between legs, reactive strength index and jump height. This data will help us optimize our athletes training and having them leaping through the stratosphere.
Brown Belt BJJ Competitor
Competed at the World Masters Jiu-Jitsu Championship held by @ibjjf in Las Vegas August 2019