DAVE TORRANCE: (Trainer Dave) has been a team Trainer/Therapist and "Personal Trainer/Promoter" for over thirty years. As a Team Trainer, Dave has worked with hockey teams from Peewee to Tier II Jr. "A" as well as numerous minor baseball, softball and football clubs. He has also trained and looked after injuries for High School football, hockey and track teams and has been acting in that capacity with Thousand Island Secondary School for more than 15 years. TISS is one of the top High School Track clubs in the country.
In the past 10 years, Dave has prepared several individual athletes prior to their winning OFSAA medals. Dave was "Personal Trainer" to Matt Leeder who captured XC GOLD in all but one of his four High School years (As a junior, he was diagnosed with mono near the finish of the Cross Country Season). Matt also came home from OFSAA Track and Field 2004 with a Gold and a Silver and took the GOLD in both the Junior 1500m and 3000m at OFSAA Track and Field 2005 . Matt once again brought home GOLD medals in the 1500 and 3000 meter races from the 2006 OFSAA Track and Field Championships while leading his team to an over all championship. This same 16 year old brought back Gold medals in 1500m and 3000m from the "Canadian Track and Field Championships" in Burnaby BC and set a new Canadian Record for the 3000m. Matt finished a close 2nd to a University scholarship student at the 2006 "Canadian National Cross Country Championships" in Vancouver and was selected to attend the World XC Championships in Kenya where he was the 2nd fastest North American finisher. Matt settled for nothing but GOLD at the 2007 "Canadian National Cross Country Championships" and headed to Scotland for the 2008 World Championships where he improved his 2007 finish by 40 places. Matt was selected as the Brockville area "Sportsman of the Year" two years in a row and accepted a full Scholarship to Florida State University where he had a successful tenure and continued to set new PB's.
Jeremy Rae was an AFE participant from the time he was in grade 9 and although he lived several hours away, Dave attended and assisted him for most of his events during his entire High School career. Jeremy has won "Canadian Championships" in both the 800m and 1500m and set a new Canadian record for the indoor 1000m. In a four year span, Jeremy collected nearly 30 Gold medals or first place finishes and after several other offers, accepted a full scholarship to Notre Dame University. Jeremy was selected as the 2008 OTFA Male Youth "Athlete of the Year". Jeremy had great success in NCAA competitions, continuing to win "GOLD" and advanced to both the NCAA National Division 1 1500m Final and NCAA Division 1 Cross Country finals as well as winning the coveted "Mayo Mile". Jeremy's final University accomplishment came at the World University Championships in Russia where he won a "silver medal". He is now preparing for Olympic competition with the Speed River Club near Guelph, Ontario.
Chris Miedema accepted Dave's help to be prepared for most of his races during his final two years of high school including his exciting GOLD MEDAL finish in the 800m at OFSAA 2010 in London Ontario. Chris received a scholarship to DePaul University in Chicago where he had great success as an athlete and student.
Stephen Hosier is another AFE athlete who lived a few hours away but Dave attended most of his events and helped him prepare to race throughout his high school years. Dave also helped Steve to get through some injury and medical problems including a bout of Mono which interupted his regular training and competiton early in 2008. Steve has more than 24 Gold Medal or First Place performances to his credit including being OFSAA Champion in the 3000m two years in a row. His OFSAA Midget Record in the 3000m still stands. Stephen turned down several NCAA scholarships in order to attend Ryerson Institute of Technology in Toronto to persue his chosen field of video production. Dave continued to work with Steve during the summer seasons while he was still competing..
Jacob Smith is another successful AFE participant. Jacob established a new record in the OFSAA Junior Boys 3000m with a GOLD MEDAL performance. Jacob then went on to win the Ontario Championships in the Boys 17 and Under Steeplechase, qualifying for the Canadian Championships where he was successful in winning a BRONZE medal. He also won the Gold Medal in Steeplechase at the OFSAA Track and Field Championships. Jacob finished 11th at the World Youth Championships 2007 in the Chez Republic. Dave prepared Jacob for his races and provided injury management throughout his High School years.
Jacob is now training for Olympic Competition along with Jeremy at Speed River.
Still another athlete. Geoff Millard brought home two Gold's in OFSAA Track and Field 2003 and completed 4 years on a scholarship at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.
Dave also prepared an OFSAA Silver Medalist in sprinting and another winner of Silver in Long Jump. Trainer Dave's Pre Event preparation also helped Gold and Silver finishers in OFSAA Senior and Junior relay competitions.
Dave specializes in teaching and assisting with pre-event mental and physical preparation as well as in the management and treatment of injuries. He has been invited to the US on several occasions to work with hockey teams competing in prestigues tournaments including "Team NY" and "Team Southwest" at the CHICAGO SHOWCASE and "Flagstaff Mountaineers" at the US National Jr. "B" Championships. He has also been invited to Wisconsin and to NY State on several occasions to teach teen hockey players how to do the "off ice" things necessary to move up to the next level and "KEEP GOING!" as far as possible.
With the exception of his team involvement with TISS and helping with a summer hockey development program at Rocky Ridge Ranch near Milton, ON, Dave has concentrated his efforts on being just a "Personal Trainer" for the past twenty years. During that time, he has helped many young athletes to attain levels not thought possible and a few have gone on to University and/or Professional careers. Some of their stories can be viewed on our successes page.
The AFE slogan is "If you want to be a pro, you have to think, act, prepare and look like a pro NOW!". It is unfortunate but a lot of young athletes never learn how to do things properly until they get to a higher level where teams insist on it. (providing they have the talent or luck to get them there). The majority of athletes will ONLY get to the next level if they learn all the skills that will set them apart from the rest.
These skills include:
PROPER Physical Training and Conditioning.
PROPER Rest and Nutritional habits
PROPER Pre-Event mental and physical preparation.
PROPER Stretching Techniques.
PROPER Recovery from the event.
PROPER Injury Management
Trainer Dave will only take on athletes who are willing to LISTEN and make the supreme effort to do everything RIGHT just like his past successes have. Dave has zero tolerance for teen athletes using alcohol, drugs, tobacco etc. and insists that his athletes be LEADERS and set a GOOD EXAMPLE for others to follow. These attributes ALWAYS lead to SUCCESS if not in sports then in life itself.
Dave Torrance was a qualified Emergency Care Technician (EMT equivilent ) in the Province of Nova Scotia and managed the largest ambulance service east of Montreal for several years prior to returning to his home in Ontario. His responsibilities there included training ambulance attendants and responding to all major ambulance calls in a large metropolitan area as well as assisting in hospital emergency rooms. In addition to his Emergency Medical Care experience, Dave has liasoned with some of the top Sports Medicine Specialists, Physiotherapists etc. in the country and has learned injury management and rehabilitation techniques from some of the "masters". He currently has a direct "pipeline" to athletic medical professionals for consultation and/or treatment of serious injuries.
Athletes4Excellence has also been preparing detailed Player Profiles for athletes for distribution to teams, coaches and/or schools at whatever the next level of achievement is within reach. Dave also has personal contacts with many Junior and College teams at all levels in both Canada and the United States. he also produces isolation videos of his athletes which are available as a link to individual profile pages on the Internet and through his affiliation with RunnerSpace.com. . In 2008, three Track and Field athletes were given scholarships who would not have been noticed except for AFE promotion. Several other scholarship recipients were able to refer interested coaches to AFE profiles and videos in order to enhance their interest.