Coaches

Bruce Deacon, Head Coach

Bruce Deacon had a very successful high school career in Ontario, winning gold at OFSAA 3 times, and running to a silver at the National Legion Championships. His early success continued as an adult when he turned his focus to the marathon. He was a two-time Olympian in the marathon (1996 & 2000) and won the silver medal at the 2003 Pan Am Games. He has a marathon best of 2:13:18, and has represented Canada at 4 World Championships, including a come-from-behind race to claim 11th place in 1995. In 2008, he joined the master's ranks (40+) and clocked a masters’ win at the NYC Marathon and a 2nd at the Boston Marathon.

Bruce is a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) and is certified at the NCCP Performance Coach level. He has been a team coach for provincial and national teams including the World Half Marathon Championships and the World Para Athletics Championships.

 
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Gary Barber

Gary Barber is the assistant coach to the Prairie Inn Harriers Youth group and is also the coach of the Junior group (students in grades 4-7). Gary is an experienced distance runner who has represented Canada in the 1500m at the Auckland Commonwealth Games. Originally from England – where he was the English Schools 800m Champion – Gary has also won the Canadian University 1500m Championships in a record time. Gary has been a school teacher for over 25 years, is the author of 6 sports books and is an education consultant for the International Olympic Committee.

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Dr. Simon Hoogewerf

Simon was the only Canadian athlete to simultaneously hold the national records for 800m and 1000m, indoor/outdoor, junior/senior. Over the 800m distance, he represented Canada at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games and won a bronze medal at the 1991 World Indoor Championships. When not helping to coach the Harriers, Simon is an emergency room doctor.