Les Gramantik is the Caltaf Technical Director. Besides coaching, Les provides support to all our coaching staff.
Les started his athletic career in the Sports School System in Romania becoming an elite athlete and international pole vaulter. He has been coaching for 44 years, has been selected to coach with the Canadian National Team including a Head Coaching role at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His involvement in athletics also includes all levels of coaching education from NCCP to NCI, a lecturer at the University of Calgary, and provider of numerous clinics around the world for both coaches and athletes. He is a six-time Canada West Universities Athletic Association Coach of the year and 11-time Alberta High-Performance Coach of the Year.
Les is a globally recognized coach making his mark in Canada by coaching two of the country’s most successful multievent athletics athletes in history, Jessica Zelinka and Michael Smith. He is also a leader in developing education programs, including the creation of writing the Competition Development curriculum for athletics. He was a key member of a group of experts in developing the Long-Term Athlete Development model for Athletics Canada. He has also lectured internationally on various subjects from athletic program planning to strength training.