COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD

Our Community Advisory Board is comprised of individuals with a lifelong history in sport at it’s highest level, a demonstrated investment in young people and ongoing community leadership. Bluffs Performance greatly appreciates their willingness to lend their names to our program in support of our efforts to grow our programs, extend our reach in the community and to lend credibility to our efforts that would see the broadest range of Scarborough youth participation possible.

John Barrett

Head coach of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s volleyball program.

He was a CIS gold medalist and tournament MVP (1985) while competing for the University of Manitoba. John competed at the 1984 Olympic Games and the 1983 Pan Am Games and at the 1990 world championships, and went on to serve as head coach for both the men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams at the 2003 Pan Am Games.

John made history as the first volleyball player in the world to exclusively employ the spike serve in every match.

Kristine Drakich

Head coach of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s volleyball program since 1989-90. Under her direction, the Blues qualified for 22 consecutive OUA final four appearances from 1990-2010, winning the OUA championship banner seven times. She led the Blues to an 25-0 perfect season in 2015-16, claiming their second straight OUA banner, and first-ever CIS championship in program history. Drakich earned her first CIS coach of the year honours in 2014-15.

​A former captain and all-Canadian with the Varsity Blues, Kristine was a member of Canada’s national volleyball and beach volleyball teams and was a 2001 inductee into the University of Toronto’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Greg Gannon

An adventurer at heart, Dr. Gannon, raised in Scarborough, has over 25 years of experience as a highly regarded speaker, consultant, educator, scientist and coach in the field of sport and human performance. Greg’s experience includes national and international coaching and applied sport science service, a decade of senior leadership roles within Canada’s Olympic Sport Institutes, a broad academic background of teaching and research at multiple universities and research institutions, and over 25 years of helping individuals achieve better fitness and sport performance.

Mark Heese

A three-time Olympian participating in the Sydney and Athens Games and at the inaugural beach volleyball event at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta where Mark and John Child brought home a bronze medal for Canada.

In 2005 he was awarded the Most Inspirational Player Award as voted by his peers while on tour.

Mark was one of the three coaches that assisted in gaining Canada’s first Gold medal at the 2010 FIVB Junior World Championships held in Turkey. He was the Beach Volleyball Analyst for the 2012 Canadian Olympic Trials, the 2012 London Olympic Games, 2014 Sherbrooke Canada Games and the 2015 Toronto Pan-Am Games for CBC.

Bruce Kidd

An academic, author, and athlete. PhD and Principal at University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus.