The WSA team are long time Whistler locals.
Jamie's life has been centered around the service industry for over twenty years. His training and experience as both a level 3 Ski Pro (Canada and Japan) and as a Tennis Pro (Peter Burwash International, P.B.I., Tennis Canada certified) combined with a successful and eventful seven years as an event producer and general manager/partner of a Live Blues Club has given him a unique understanding and appreciation for what great customer service is.
Comfortable as a host and/or coach with all kinds of people of different levels, ages etc. Jamie thoroughly enjoys not just improving people's skills on the mountain or court but making sure they have a lot of fun doing it!
As the Founding Director of The Whistler Sports Academy, Jamie's aim is to create the ultimate Whistler experience. Using his personal local contacts and knowledge to provide not only great high-energy coaching and guiding, but also an exclusive full Whistler experience of village après, fine dining, night-life, shopping and more!
Olly Nixon is co-owner of The Whistler Sports Academy and Kids Combo Camps. He has enjoyed a passion for sport and the outdoors since a young age and has derived great pleasure from sharing this with others through coaching skiing, guiding fly fishing and of course running Kids Combo camps!
Originally from London England where he worked in the field of Law for over 10 years, Olly ‘escaped ‘to the French Alps where he worked for both Evolution 2 Ski School and Adventure Company where he was involved in the activity programming and delivery of events, before working as a ski instructor at EV2 and ESF ski schools. He moved with his wife and daughter to Whistler in 2004 to continue his career as a ski instructor.
Olly is an ISIA BASI qualified ski coach, Alpine Performance Coach and holds an Avalanche and Off-Piste safety Cert. Whether you are a novice or an avid off piste skier, Olly is adept at giving a first class teaching and on-mountain experience. He has a personable nature and wide teaching experience with both kids and adults through group and individual instruction.
Olly’s coaching and experience with Evolution 2 led to his involvement in the Whistler Sports Academy and now channels his passion through Kids Combo Camps to help create lasting memories through a wide variety of summer camps options.
Ira Pettle has been working with young people for over 20 years he has a Masters in Education and over 20 years of summer camp experience directing theater, instructing sport, and programming for kids 0 and up.
Ira is also a graduate of the acclaimed Second City School of Improvisation Conservatory Program and former student of the Randolph Academy of Performing Arts. He has worked with hundreds of thousands of people, enriching their lives and guiding their growth.
Ira is an invaluable member of the Kids Combo Camp team and a popular member of the Whistler community.
Tom has been working with kids of all ages in various sports for the last 15 years and is passionately pursuing careers in the skiing and biking industries. He has been a strong advocate for kids' involvement in sport from a young age. Tom is a strong believer that participation in sport promotes lifelong health and vitality as well as creating memories that will last a lifetime. We are lucky to work alongside him at Kids Combo Camps.
After 7 years in Whistler, Tom is a highly certified and experienced ski coach, holds certifications in both biking and canoeing and a BSc Hons Sports & Exercise Science. In the winter, Tom is the head coach for the J4, J5 and J-teen Whistler Blackcomb programs.
In the spring, Tom likes to get up on the glacier for a race camp before spending the rest of the summer on bikes exploring the valley and getting out onto the lakes.
Greta, Originally from Australia, has been coaching children for 20 years. She is a sailing instructor, swim coach, canoe instructor, ski and snowboard instructor, cross country and downhill mountain biking coach. Greta spends her winters teaching private ski and snowboard lessons specialising in children and families, and summer on her bike on the mountain and in the valley.
Greta loves her job teaching children and teens because of the satisfaction when she sees her students having fun achieving their goals. Greta is a mother of a high energy boy and is very effective at getting her students to follow directions. As the commanding officer of the Dolphin Sea Cadets Corps for 10 years until she moved to Canada, Greta regularly single-handedly ran games for 75 children between 4 and 12.
Rikki grew up in Coventry, England, is a conscientious and reliable Sport Marketing graduate, and has been involved with coaching children for over 10 years.
Since the age of 10, Rikki has been a passionate ice hockey player in England. Rikki advanced through the junior system to play semi-professional hockey in England while also having the opportunity to play in Holland, Germany and Canada.
Rikki began coaching at the age of 16 after obtaining his ice hockey coaching qualification and advanced his career as a Community Sports Officer for the Coventry Blaze ice hockey team and has worked extensively at summer camps in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and California, teaching a wide variety of activities.
We are delighted to have Rikki working for us and he is an extremely popular coach with all of the campers!
Always looking at the bright side of life.....that's me! Passionate about biking, skiing and teaching kids a healthy lifestyle. I've been a ski instructor for more then 14 years and a bike coach for 5. There is nothing more rewarding for me in life than working and guiding kids into the awesome world of sports.
For me Whistler Sports Academy was a perfect match. Same values, same dedication and same goals: to have fun, to be safe, to learn something new and to make the most of our wonderful summer days.
Lauren Hetherington has worked professionally with children for the last 15 years, having been a nanny, preschool teacher, childcare worker, ski instructor and youth services specialist at the Whistler Library. For the last 5 years she has been supervising the 3-5 year ski program at Whistler Blackcomb. She believes in fostering children's developmental growth through child led learning, outside play and activities focused on the environment we live in. When she's not working with kids you'll find her skiing, riding bikes, on the lake on her Stand-up Paddleboard or relaxing in a yoga class.