Staff – 2022/2023

Timo Puiras – Head Coach

Hometown: Thunder Bay, ON 
Years Skiing: 35 
Years on Team: 10 
Coaching Achievements:

  • Petro Canada Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE) Award Recipient
  • Lead U23 World Championships Coach 2015, 2017
  • Assistant Coach NTDC 2007-2012
  • Wax technician – World Cups, World Junior/U23 Championships

Leslie Bode – Team Manager/Assistant Coach

Hometown: Thunder Bay, ON 
Years Skiing: 36
Joined NTDC: 2021 
Interesting Facts:

  • Childhood inspiration: 1995 Nordic World Nordic Championships  
  • Lakehead University Varsity Ski Team (2000-2004)
  • Spent 10 years as an archeologist in the UK completing her PhD (on ancient diets) and working in lots of exotic locations. Survived by becoming a trail runner.
  • Selected for the inaugural GearUp! cohort with Women Ski Coaches Association – Representing Salomon 
  • Is committed to growing our team, especially through bringing in female talent by creating an equitable, welcoming, and supportive environment.
  • CC T2T -in progress, and Selected for a Wax immersion opportunity with the Canadian National Ski Team at the Junior/U23 World Championships

Leif Lennie – Wax Technician

Current Hometown: Vernon, AB

Paul Hemsworth – Strength Coach (Contractor)

Additional Coaching Support Crew:

Fergus Foster 
Ben Osorio