Meet your KTC Coaching Team
“I believe being physically active and connecting with others is vital to our personal well being. Moving to Kelowna and not knowing anyone, being a KTC member has allowed me to meet so many amazing people who motivate and inspire me to be the best version of myself I can be each and every day.”
Cory has been an avid Triathlete and Coach for over 17 years. Cory graduated from Brock University with an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree and quickly discovered his passion for coaching, health, fitness, and recreation. During his time at university, Cory swam for 4 years on the varsity swim team and was the team captain his senior year. He spent 6 years as an age-group swim club coach, the Head Coach of the Brock Niagara Masters Swim Club and various youth triathlon clubs. Before moving to Kelowna, Cory also worked as a Personal Trainer and Kinesiologist in the private fitness industry.
Cory moved to Kelowna to take on the position of General Manager at the H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre back in 2009 and has also been a coach with the Kelowna Triathlon Club for the past 7 years. As a competitive age group athlete, Cory has competed in over 75 triathlons dating back to 2001, including 9 Ironmans. Cory has many National and Provincial championships under his belt and continues to strive for success in the sport while maintaining a family/work/life/training balance.
Blaine Melnyk comes from a competitive swimming, cycling and triathlon background. Blaine began swimming with the Saskatoon Goldfins at age 6, later swimming for the University of Saskatchewan Huskie Swim Team and was CIAU (now CIS) All-Academic. During Blaine’s swimming career he swam all strokes with strength in the butterfly and freestyle strokes.
After racing BMX as a child Blaine moved into mountain bike racing, road racing and currently is an avid cyclocross racer. Blaine started racing triathlon in 1993, competed at national championship events starting in 1995 and world championships in 1997 (Triathlon) and 2001(Aquathlon). Blaine has raced over 100 triathlons including Ironman Canada, U.S. Pro Nationals and a number of ITU races.
Blaine started coaching swimming with the Saskatoon Triathlon club in 1997, coached an age group team in Arizona, the Lake Havasu Stingrays, coached Kelowna Aquajets and has been with the KTC for approximately 7 years.
I derive inspiration from the achievements of those I have the privilege to mentor and guide through athletic and professional journeys.
My passion is athletics, and although I have been a competitive athlete for over 25 years, I fell in love with the sport, even more, when I began coaching. Through my guidance, I have worked with athletes that have qualified for the Boston marathon, represented their province at Canada Summer Games, and won Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association national team titles! I have worked with athletes with a range of experience, from beginners to veterans, and my goal is to help each and every one of them achieve their very best, no matter the event they are training for.
I love the sport of triathlon and each of its individual components. I have experience in open water swim, cycling, running (i.e., road, track and cross-country), and triathlon events. As a physiologist, I understand the purpose each training session serves in order to get an athlete to the start line feeling fit and fresh, and to the finish line with a sense of accomplishment and pride. I am committed to ensuring you accomplish your goals and maintain your motivation to participate in this amazing sport!