About Us

Warriors Mission

The mission of the Calgary Warriors Track Club is to hand students grade 7-12 the tools and training to be successful in track & field. A number of top-class athletes have come from the ranks of the Calgary Warriors, making provincial and national teams, and several have obtained scholarships at universities in Canada and United States. We also invite older athletes, including masters, to join the club.

Want to join?

It's fun. It's fast. It's healthy. It's Warriors Track. 
Track and field can be an exciting place to meet friends and participate in a variety of individual and team activities involving, running, jumping and throwing. Warrior Track membership is available for athletes between the ages of 12 - 19, although we have some younger and older athletes in our club. We provide coaching in sprints, hurdles, middle distance, jumps and combined events, as this is the primary focus of our club.

Club Organization

The Calgary Warriors Track and Field Club is a non-profit society registered under the Societies Act of Alberta. We are affiliated with Athletics Alberta (the governing body for track and field in Alberta) as well as Athletics Canada (the governing body for track and field in Canada). The Calgary Warriors is operated in accordance with a Constitution and bylaws and is managed by a Board of Directors. We have been an active track and field club since 1991

Coaching Staff

Jan Lips, Head Coach
All events
587-360-3529 (preferred contact number)
mobile 403-708-3530
calgarywarriors@gmail.com

Mario Festival, Assistant Coach
Middle and long distance
403-242-3713 mobile 587-890-5671
coach@hiawatha.ca

Matthew Townley-Smith, Assistant Coach
Jumps, sprints
403-701-1498 mobile 403-701-1498
matthew.townleysmith@gmail.com

Jessica Zelinka, Assistant Coach
Junior Development
403-921-0593
jessicazelinka@gmail.com

We are very pleased to announce Jessica Zelinka has joined our club as the new Junior Development Coach. Ms. Zelinka has had an outstanding athletic career representing Canada internationally including two Olympic Games. The following is a summary of her major accomplishments.

2014 Commonwealth Games - Glasgow - 2nd place in Heptathlon
2013 IAAF World Championships - Moscow - semifinals in 100m Hurdles
2012 Olympic Games - London - 7th in 100m hurdles & 7th in Heptathlon
2011 IAAF World Championships - Daegu - 9th in Heptathlon
2010 Commonwealth Games - Delhi - 2nd in Heptathlon
2008 Olympic Games - Beijing - 5th in Heptathlon
2007 Pan American Games - Rio de Janeiro - 1st in Heptathlon
2006 Commonwealth Games - Melbourne - 4th in Heptathlon
2005 IAAF World Championships - 11th in Heptathlon
2000 IAAF World Junior Championships - 5th in Heptathlon

Visit www.jessicazelinka.com for more information.

Membership and Registration

Registration opens September 1. Membership fees cover coaching, Athletics Alberta membership and track rentals. Memberships run from October 1 tol September 30 of the following year. Athletes who qualify for National or International competitions receive financial assistance from the club. Club membership fees are non-refundable.

Athletes will pay $200 into their entry fee account upon registration. All meet entry fees will be taken out of this account till it is used up, at which time it will need to be replenished.

New Members Uniform fee: $65 for Singlet (top). You need to provide your own black track shorts.
Large track bag : $25
Warriors Backpack: $30

Finances

The Calgary Warriors is independent and self-supporting. It receives no regular financial or material assistance from outside bodies, private or public. The club's policy is to keep membership fees as low as possible. Our only financial support beyond the membership fee is our Casino, every 18 months on average, which is necessary for us to operate. Major annual recurring expenses are sports equipment, athlete's travel, coaching expenses and facility rentals. Meet entry fees are charged to the athletes. Travel fees (hotel and transportation) are charged to the athletes and partially subsidized by the club.

Role of Parents

Parents fill most executive and committee positions in the club. All parents who enroll their children in the Warriors Track Club volunteer time for fund-raising (Casino) and help out with a variety of other tasks throughout the year. Parents who are not able to work the casino must pay $200.

Parents should help athletes set personal goals for self-improvement, which are reasonable and help them to make a commitment to achieve them.

Working at Meets

Parents are expected to work at meets. In addition to the casino, parents are expected to work at several meets, indoor as well as outdoor. Every family should put in at least 10 hours of volunteering per year. Working half a day at a meet is 4 hours, a whole day is 8 hours. Check the Contacts page for the contact information of our volunteer coordinator.

Competitions and Meet Registration

All competitions will be entered based on the athletes age and training level. Travel to meets will be based on training and competition level. All athletes are expected to compete at the Provincial Championships if healthy. Athletes will be informed of up coming meets and who will be attending.

Base Training

Prior the indoor season which starts in November, there is a 6-week base training program at Glenmore track or River Park/Sandy Beach for those not in the Cross Country program. Base training starts Mid-September and goes till the end of October.

Indoor Season

Indoor training takes place at Talisman Centre (200 meter track) from November 1 to April 1. During April, training takes place both indoor and outdoor, weather dependent.

We attend indoor meets (200 meter track) in Edmonton and Calgary. In addition, our most talented high school athletes may attend the Simplot Games in Pocatello, Idaho (mid-February).

Club fees cover the cost of using the Talisman Center during pactice times.

Outdoor Season

Outdoor training takes place at the Glenmore track from April 15 to August 1 with the exception of those participating in Youth/Midget Nationals in August. We attend outdoor meets (400 meter track) in Calgary and out of town (Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Kelowna). Dates and locations are announced well in advance.

Spring Training

A spring training camp will be held in California (or another warm place) around Spring Break, including competition in a high school meet if there is enough interest in participating.

Cross Country Season

Cross Country training starts in September at Sandy Beach Park. This is an augmentation to the school cross country programs.