Owner/ Strength & Conditioning Coach
Chris Collins has been a local Kelowna resident since 1981 venturing away briefly on exchange to Mexico and to university. He graduated with a Master of Science degree in physiology which was research-based and resulted in publications in scientific journals. Upon completion of the his graduate studies Chris travelled to Pomona, California to obtain a strength and conditioning certification (CSCS). Armed with this credential and his science background Chris established Okanagan Peak Performance to enhance both the enjoyment and performance of athletes in sport. Today Okanagan Peak Performance is the resource for athletic conditioning and education. Subscribing to relevant journals and attending sports medicine conferences allows Chris to pass along cutting edge training modalities and information to coaches and athletes throughout Western Canada.
In regards to my own active pursuits, I’m a former national level natural bodybuilder and provincial swimmer. When not training our athletes I enjoy downhill skiing, mountain biking, playing squash and spending time with my family.
Director of Programming/ Strength & Conditioning Coach
Graeme Lehman has been a part of the Okanagan Peak Performance family for a couple of years now. He moved to Kelowna here with his stunning wife after having lived in some extremely wet and cold places (Edmonton, Jamestown (North Dakota), St. John’s (Newfoundland), and Vancouver). Graeme is a modern-day baseball guru, who has not only loved the sport his entire life, but focused and published his thesis for his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland on his passion. Through the application of cutting-edge scientific research, time-tested exercise principals and experience, Graeme Lehman uses all of his tools as a coach in order to get his athletes to the next level. With over 12,000 hours of coaching experience, his certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, his history with clients ranging from elite athletes (olympic gold medalist) to physically disabled, he is a one-of-a-kind trainer. With a wit as sharp as a tack, and a nerd streak that can never be broken, Graeme is an essential part of out team here at OPP.
Graeme is not all business, however. he loves reading and writing about his passions. He also thrives on being active and playing sports like basketball, volleyball, golf, skiing and tennis. He also loves relaxing with his wife watching TV-shows and travelling to Mexico.
I’m not all business! I love reading and writing about my passions! I also thrive on being active and playing sports like basketball, volleyball, golf, skiing and tennis. When not doing those things, you can usually find me relaxing with my gorgeous wife, watching TV-shows, walking our dog, and travelling to Mexico to catch some sun.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Leanne is an accomplished athlete in Outrigger Canoe and Dragon Boat with seventeen World Championship medals, including seven Gold. She joined the team at Okanagan Peak Performace in Fall 2012 and brings with her many years of training, coaching and teaching experience to the team. Leanne holds a Bachelor of Science in Honours Kinesiology from University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University with her Health and Physical Education Specialist designation. Leanne is an NCCP Level 2 Certified Coach and is currently working on her Level 3. She has a keen interest in helping others discover the potential their body holds and keying in on the small victories towards wellness.
When not training or competing for Canada, I enjoy spending my time coaching the local outrigger club, speaking to groups about my experiences as an athlete with Type 1 Diabetes, coaching clinics, playing hockey and relaxing with my husband.
Strength & Conditioning Intern
Jordy is a second-year Human Kinetics student at UBC-Okanagan. She is passionate about her studies and after completing her Bachelors of Human Kinetics plans on going for her Master’s and eventually Doctorate! Prior to joining Okanagan Peak Performance, Jordy competed at a provincial level in gymnastics. She was an alternate on the BC Women’s Provincial Gymnastics Team. Along with her demanding gymnastics training, Jordy has competed in soccer, volleyball, basketball and track and field. While playing these sports, she coached youth soccer camps, along with “All Sport Camps”. After retiring from her gymnastics career, Jordy met Chris at a Pacific Sport Summer Camp and has been part of the team for four years now.
Meeting Chris and joining the OPP team has been life changing! Being able to try all the different events, from bodybuilding, to powerlifting, to ½ marathons, full marathons and TOUGH MUDDER! It gives us a chance to set goals for ourselves that we would never think of making. Currently, my goal is a 320 lb deadlift (triple my bodyweight!!!!) and a squat in the 200 lb range before the end of 2012.