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Gus began running in 2009 as a means of losing weight and maintaining a healthy life style, he ran his first 10k race in 2009 which got him hooked. Gus has ran several 10k races, 16k races, half marathons, 30k races, 2 marathons and a duathlon with plans of doing his first triathlon in the near future.
Gus remembers seeing Team Hoyt (Rick and Dick) on TV in years past and always wondered what the possibilities would be to ever be part of such a team of people. Now with Team Hoyt Canada, Gus has realized that “Yes You Can” also answers his own desires and dream from years past. Gus looks forward to promoting the Team Hoyt motto “Yes You Can” with many other individuals as they realize their dreams of taking part in endurance events.
Brian Horrobin is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Wallaceburg, Ontario since 1993. He is actively involved in his community through various sports associations, church liaisons and service groups. He has a passion for helping others enjoy all aspects of life: spirit, soul, and body. He has been married to Ruth since 1990 and has 3 daughters and 2 sons. Brian was named the Citizen of the Year and is passionate about making a difference in his community and is excited to be involved with Team Hoyt Canada.
Chantelle is a mother of six kids and is often found "running" after them. Chantelle and her husband have a farm located just outside of Thedford, Ontario. Chantelle is a registered respiratory therapist and has a passion for helping others in her community. Chantelle's enthusiasm for Team Hoyt Canada radiates from her where ever she goes. She lives out the Team Hoyt motto, "Yes, You Can" in everything she does.
Wes Harding is a graduate of McMaster University with a degree in Religious Studies and a graduate of Windsor University with a degree in Education and a specialist certification in Special Education. As an educator he has gone from an overweight couch potato to Ironman in less than four years. In his spare time, Wes is a IRONMAN Certified Coach and motivational speaker, encouraging people to live out their dreams because “anything is possible”.
As a result of being in the heart of the Boston Marathon 2013 bombings and the powerful story of TEAM HOYT Wes was inspired to make a change in his life that included others. In building inclusive communities around Canada Dick and Rick Hoyt commissioned Team Hoyt Canada to carry on their legacy in Canada ....making a difference in the lives of others.
Joe Perry is a resident of Wallaceburg, Ontario and is gaining some international attention from the Tough Mudder nation. Now a veteran of the grueling obstacles designed by the British Special Forces, Perry has been featured on their website with a first-person account of his personal Mudder history.
Perry has also been recognized for his Tough Mudder achievements, by being inducted in the Wallaceburg Sports Hall Of Fame last year.
Joe is excited to be a part of Team Hoyt Canada! In April 2015 Joe ran the Boston Marathon as a qualified runner with Team Hoyt Canada and was inspired by Dick and Rick Hoyt and he wants to bring this same inspiration to athletes with disabilities all across South-Western Ontario.
Brian and Rose are passionate about making a difference. Rose is a travel expert who specializes in vacations of a lifetime for everyone. Brian is a celebrated hockey coach and past member of the Hockey Association of Sarnia-Lambton. Both Rose & Brian celebrate in giving back to the community and rejoicing in athletics at all levels. Residing in Thedford, Ontario, Brian and Rose play a vital role in our events by providing ongoing support to all our volunteers.
Rose and Brian welcome your participation and support with Team Hoyt Canada!
Stephanie is an elementary school teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board who lives in Waterloo with her husband Tayfun and dog Sophie. She has an Arts and Business Degree from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education from Wilfrid Laurier University. While attending the University of Waterloo, she was a member of the varsity cross-country running team. Stephanie has a passion for running and enjoys participating in races in her community. She also enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Megan is a recent Political Science graduate from Queen's University pursuing a career in journalism. She currently works as a writer on several platforms including iRun Magazine and resides in Toronto, Ontario.
Megan is a lover of all things running. From marathon road races to mountain trail races, she is always looking for the next challenge. Upon joining Team Hoyt Canada she has realized a newfound love for running as a team, fuelled by the mantra, "Yes You Can."
Megan looks forward to promoting Team Hoyt's cause and bringing a smile to as many individuals faces through the sport of running.