Greg made a name for himself by throwing a few things in his backpack and leaving for China in 2006. He had 10 days notice to get his affairs in order. He spoke not a word of Mandarin and had no idea where the city of Changchun was located. He left on a 90 day contract for which he wouldn't be paid (a tryout). Four years later at the Vancouver Olympic games his women's Short Track National Speed skating team dominated the podium winning 7 gold medals and he gave the Chinese press a full interview in Mandarin.
Since returning to Calgary Greg's vision has been to create a step by step multi year training program for all of his athletes (and yes everyone is an athlete) that creates extraordinary and radical changes to their physiology and psychology.
The Jungle is a place where our athletes are physically and mentally challenged to rise to their potential. In a world that often prefers "ice cream", we serve the vegetables that our athletes need to grow grit. This earned grit will be forged by new habits. A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit. Habits are safer than rules; you don't have to watch them. And you don't have to keep them either. They keep you. Greg feels strongly that we are entitled to nothing and we must work for everything we get. The strength, intelligence and growth along the journey is what we will contribute to the world.
When Greg isn't coaching he enjoys reading the back of cereal boxes, collecting bottle caps and making beetles fight. Greg also likes to spend time out wrestling his son Max (age 8), and reciting lines from " Rambo, First Blood"
charmayne chou - Director of Operations, coach
Charmayne started working part time for the Jungle late in 2015. It wasn't until 2016 when she quite unexpectedly realized that she had found her place in the world and fell in love with working with young athletes. It was at this time she decided to take a leap of faith and make the move to full time. Char knew that in order to be successful she needed to be "all in" so she set her ships ablaze and left herself no other option but to move forward and succeed. Char understands the massive responsibility and dedication that comes along with making an impact on young people who happen to be athletes. Char's adaptable and passionate nature helps to create both a challenging atmosphere yet also a place where athletes are allowed to be vulnerable. The journey from adolescence to adulthood is challenging and Char will always ensure she can assist our athletes any way she can. Her true goal is to help produce well rounded respectful and accountable human beings that understand the value of contribution and integrity.
Charmayne is well known for her collections of Canadian tire money, used nerf bullets and expired medications. She enjoys swimming in cold water, playing Xiangqi with old Chinese men and learning the lyrics to tibetan folk music from the 1980's. Her favorite song is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTQFEwDm18M.