Our coaching Team
Dasha Gaiazova Atkins
Coach and Club President
Member of the National Ski Team since 2003, Dasha competed in 115 World Cups, 4 World Ski Championships and 2010 & 2014 Olympic Games. Two-time World Cup medal winner and 14-time Canadian Champion, Dasha was the top female Canadian skier for the last 4 years of her racing career. Since retiring from racing, she has coached a group of highly competitive adult skiers in Calgary and Canmore, as well as the University of Montréal cross-country ski team. Dasha just completed her MBA degree with distinction and will continue coaching with Space Dogs Ski Club in Calgary. She speaks fluent French, English and Russian and has coached in all levels of skiers. Dasha is a NCCP-certified coach.
World Championships, World Loppets, and World Cups ex-racer
After completing her M.Sc in biochemistry at the University of Waterloo, Andrea moved to Canmore and dedicated herself to full-time ski racing as a mature athlete. One of the fastest female racers in Canada, she is also one of the most seasoned veterans of the Canadian racing circuit. In her 8 years of full-time racing, Andrea represented Canada in 22 World Cups, World Championships, and many international-level loppets, including the 90km Vasaloppet in Sweden. When she is not away at a competition, she has been coaching Space Dogs Ski Club.
Past Team Coach
In 2006 Amanda raced in her first Olympics. At only 19 years of age, she was competing against athletes on average 10 years her senior. An even more remarkable testimonial to her toughness and grit was her comeback to racing on the 2014 Canadian Olympic Team after spending years dealing with injuries and setbacks. Amanda has extensive experience in coaching herself and others. When she was nominated to the 2014 Olympic Team, she had coached herself to reach the best shape of her life. She is currently studying towards a degree in Chinese Medicine, and coaching very lucky Space Dogs club members in Calgary. Amanda is a NCCP-certified coach.