Luke has been skiing for 27 years, which was shortly after he learned to walk. Even before that his father would ski around the trails with an infant Luke strapped on his back. It is safe to say that cross-country skiing is in his blood. Luke competed at the national level with the Provincial ski team in the early 2000’s. After an engineering degree at Dalhousie he returned to Newfoundland to operate a family business. This led to the opportunity as Head Coach of the Newfoundland Ski Team in 2015. Luke revisited the National Scene in Whitehorse last year for the first time in 12 years, this time as a coach. He is very proud of the team’s performance, capturing several gold medals and top 20 finishes. He hopes to see more of that this year!!!
Erik Charron has a passion for cross country skiing. Although a latecomer to the sport starting at the age of 20, Erik has competed at Nationals several times as a senior; enjoys racing and still competes on the provincial circuit plus the occasional Canada Cup. He has been coaching with the Avalon Nordic Ski Club since 2006, most often as the head coach of their Challenge Group program; and has been assisting XCNL with camps and race trips since 2009. Erik was 1 of 3 provincial team head coaches for the 13-14 and 14-15 seasons. Erik balances hard workouts with laughter and team building. His goal is to develop athletes who enjoy the sport and will remain active long after their top competitive years are over.
Jeff is a competitive cross-country skier in Canada, competing in both national and international races. Highlights from his competitive racing career include competing on the National Development Center in Thunder Bay and representing Canada at the World University Games in Tarvisio, Italy. After retiring from competitive skiing in 2008 to focus on his career as a forester and to start a family, he volunteered his time as an Assistant Coach with Big Thunder Nordic Ski club in Thunder Bay Ont. Jeff moved to St John’s NL in 2014 and has been coaching with Avalon Nordic Ski Club since. He is very passionate about the sport and enjoys working with young skiers to help them achieve their goals in sport and life.
Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Ski Community in Newfoundland. As a varsity skier at Lakehead University he developed world class training habits and since he has coached at the World University Games, the Youth Olympics, and currently coaches the Newfoundland Ski Team, and a twice per week leads a local challenge group. He has also had the honour to volunteer at the Olympics and help organize numerous events. He is the highest trained coaching facilitator in the province and continues to train coaches throughout the year.