Windburn Race Team Our Coaches

Dave Lipchen

Dave’s coaching career has involved working with athletes of all ages, but has focused on the youth age groups using the LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) model to appropriately develop their abilities.

He developed the Manitoba Youth Triathlon Program in its entirety in 2008 and was the full-time Head Coach of the Triathlon Manitoba Youth Team from 2008-2012, with the focus on developing high performance athletes from 10 to 18 years old.

In this context, Dave has recruited and developed many of Manitoba’s top youth athletes since 2008. Dave also has been a competitive athlete since 1992. He is now the Head Coach and Director of the Windburn Multi-Sport Academy made up of athletes aged 12 and up.

Windburn’s coached training sessions and individualized programs are designed and implemented by Head Coach, Dave Lipchen. Dave partners with coaches at the Manta Swim Team, Manitoba Cycling Association, University of Manitoba Bison’s Track Team and Peacock Endurance Project to ensure athletes receive a holistic training environment from experts in each sport. Dave’s coaching style involves daily communication with each athlete to help monitor well-being, ensure adequate recovery and prevent injury.

The emphasis on two-way communication also maintains motivation, engagement and focus on daily training tasks as well as long-term goals. Dave is an athlete and, thus, actively participates in all training sessions to inspire athletes to train and compete at their highest level.

Education

  • National Coaching Institute (NCI) at the University of Winnipeg with an Advanced Coaching Diploma in 2012.
  • Certified as a Competitive Triathlon Coach from Triathlon Canada 2008.
  • University of Manitoba Exercise and Sport Science Degree in 2006.

Achievements

  • 2021 Winner of the Learn to Train Athletes – The Konica Minolta - Dr. Jack Hunt Award: Coaches who are responsible for athletes developing competitive skills and preparing for competition (i.e. regional or provincial)
    Presented by Sport Manitoba Coaching
  • Coach of the Year 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2017
    Presented by Triathlon Manitoba
  • Represented Canada in 7 World Triathlon Championships
    Chicago, USA, 2015; Vancouver, Canada, 2008; Sater, Sweden, 2004; Cancun, México, 2002; Edmonton, Canada, 2001; Perth, Australia, 2000’ Lausanne, Switzerland, 1998
  • Represented Canada in 2 World Duathlon Championships
    Calais, France, 2000; North Carolina, USA, 1999
  • Voted Triathlon Canada’s National Age Group Team Captain
    2000 Perth, Australia

Jen Onyskie DEVO Coach 2021

Jen completed her first triathlon in 1995 at age 15! Since then Jen has competed in many triathlons (up to half-ironman), half marathon and marathons! Jen had the privilege to represent Canada and race at World Triathlon Championships in Cancun, Mexico in 1995. Jen also won a spot in cross triathlon to Almere, Netherlands to compete in the World Triathlon Multisport in 2020 but COVID took over the world. A fun fact, Jen and head coach, Dave were on the provincial triathlon team together in the late 1990’s!

Jen has a competitive swim background which certainly helps in the sport of triathlon. Jen loves the flexibility of training for the 3 sports in triathlon and enjoys how each race is a competition against the clock but with a true competitive and racing spirit enjoys racing against fellow triathletes as well. Jen trains with the Triple Threat Triathlon Club and is excited to coach the Windburn Race DEVO Team.

As an Exercise Physiologist, Jen is a true believer in health and life-long fitness and is raising her kids to enjoy sport, being outside and camping adventures. Jen has coached her kids in Kids of Mud mountain biking, hockey and ball hockey.  Jen is also a Level 2 Technical Official for triathlon so when she is not racing she is officiating.  

Quinn DEVO Coach 2018 - 2020

Quinn began competing in the sport of triathlon during Windburn race team’s inaugural year back in 2014. Since then Quinn has competed in all levels of triathlon from local races to Canada Games and World Championships. Quinn began coaching Windburn’s Developmental Program in the spring of 2018, with the goal of having fun while developing new skills and introducing athletes to the sport of triathlon.

Quinn aims to inspire the next generation of Manitoban triathletes by continuing to compete in the sport himself. Through years of training and competing in triathlon Quinn has picked up skills and techniques that he is able to pass onto the athletes he coaches and trains alongside. Quinn strives for fun and energetic training sessions while insuring a safe and positive training environment.

Dave and Quinn work closely together and collaborate to ensure athletes in the Developmental Program are receiving the right training for their age and ability. In this way, together we guide our athletes to reach their highest athletic potential now and in the future.

Achievements

  • World Age-Group Triathlon Championship Athlete – Lausanne, 2019
  • Triathlon Manitoba Grand Prix Overall Winner 2018
  • Academic All-Canadian 2016-2020
  • Canada Games Athlete – Winnipeg, 2017
  • 1st Place American Junior Elite Series – Iowa, 2017
  • 2nd Place Cyclocross Single Speed Nationals – Winnipeg, 2016
  • World Age-Group Triathlon Championship Athlete – Chicago, 2015
  • Western Canada Games Athlete – Wood Buffalo, 2015

Emily Unger DEVO Coach 2018 - 2019

Emily has been a triathlete all her life. She began her training with the Manitoba Youth Team, eventually moving on to train with the Manitoba National Triathlon Center. Emily has raced across Canada and the United States.

She has raced both junior elite level and age group levels. She has represented Windburn Multisport Academy since 2015. She represented Triathlon Canada at the World Championships in Chicago in 2015.

Her love of the sport extends beyond competing though as she more recently was a coach for the Manitoba Powersmart Summer Games in 2016, developed and implemented the triathlon camp for the City of Winnipeg summer youth camp program. She has been a triathlon official.

She was the recipient of a Sport Manitoba “Women to watch in sport” award in 2015. Her favorite part of the sport is the friends she has made and skills she has learned along the way and the post race watermelon

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