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JOEL LIPINSKI

OWNER // STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH
BASMIN, CSCS, FMS, PN2, CSAC

Joel grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan. He loved to play a variety of sports, but his fondest memory is playing catch with his dad on the street in front of his house. After high school Joel played post-secondary football with the U of R Rams and St. Mary's Huskies. He was named an All-Canadian at both Schools and the team MVP at St. Mary's. After University Joel became a two-time national team player and CFL player alumnus having played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Edmonton Eskimos. 

Joel attributes his success in football to his work ethic and the many coaches and mentors that provided leadership and direction throughout his career. He understands first-hand the impact that a tailored strength and conditioning training program has on increasing personal performance. 

Joel has been a coach in the strength and conditioning field for over 9 years. He believes in a holistic approach to coaching, understanding that you need to work on movement, recovery, nutrition and mindset in order to have optimal success. Joel loves working with professionals and young athletes, helping them build confidence and achieve their goals.  Joel and his team have achieved much success  as a result of the fun and safe atmosphere they have created at IGNITE ATHLETICS.

ACCREDITATIONS:

  • Football Canada Head Strength and Conditioning Coach (2016 - Current )

  • University of Saskatchewan Football Head Strength and Conditioning Coach (2017 to Present)

  • University of Ottawa Football Strength and Conditioning Coach (2012)

  • BAdmin - University of Regina

  • CSCS (Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist - NSCA)

  • Precision Nutrition Level 2

  • FMS Level 1

  • Canadian Olympic Lifting Level 1

  • Certified Speed and Agility Coach (AA)

  • Consultant for the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan - Strength and Conditioning

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JORDAN HARBIDGE

OWNER // STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH
BScKin, B.Ed, CSCS, FMS

Jordan was born and raised in Saskatoon. He enjoyed a very active lifestyle growing up with two younger brothers. He attended Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon where he played football and basketball. He was recruited by University of Saskatchewan Huskies Basketball team where he played all five years of his eligibility (2003-2008). This experience gave Jordan a first-hand insight into what it takes for an athlete to perform at an elite level.

Jordan takes great pleasure in working with people and helping them achieve their goals. He and his team strive to create a community atmosphere at IGNITE ATHLETICS that is positive, welcoming and motivating to all those who experience it. Jordan believes that Ignite can not only improve athletic ability but also be a place where young athletes have the chance to learn from and be mentored by other professionals who work together to achieve common goals.  He is proud of the IGNITE family that has been created and he looks forward to the growth and evolution that is to come. When he is not working he enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his dog Max.

ACCREDITATIONS:

  • Huskies Men’s Basketball Strength & Conditioning Coach (2013-Current)

  • Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Vancouver College, BC (2009-2012)

  • B.Ed

  • B.Sc. Kin

  • CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist)

  • FMS Level 1

  • Olympic Lifting Level 1

  • Consultant for the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan - Strength and Conditioning


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JOSH SAULNIER

OWNER // STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH
BScKin, CSCS, FMS, FRC

Josh is an honours graduate of the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. He was born and raised in Saskatoon and played multiple sports including hockey, baseball, football, and golf. After graduating from Aden Bowman collegiate Josh found a passion in exercise and human movement.  

As a Strength and Conditioning coach and business owner Josh has worked with a variety of clientele from professional athletes trying to perform at the highest level to everyday clients trying to improve their health and fitness levels. 

Josh is responsible for designing and implementing training programs for a variety of sports and clients with different needs and goals. He has worked with professional, university, and high school athletes in various sports. His passion and knowledge for athletic and human performance has helped numerous individuals achieve their goals and realize new performance potential. In his free time Josh enjoys the outdoors with his girlfriend and two dogs Charlie and Bear. They enjoy spending their summer weekends off at the lake and also enjoy travelling to the mountains for camping and snowboarding. 

ACCREDITATIONS:

  • B.Sc. Kin

  • CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist)

  • FRC (Functional Range Conditioning)


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DONOVAN DALE

BScKin, MScKin, CSCS

Growing up in Langham, SK., most of Donovan's childhood was spent playing sports and games with his five siblings. Being involved in soccer and baseball and having a healthy dose of sibling rivalry would lay the foundation of his love for sports.

Shortly before beginning high school, Donovan's family moved to Saskatoon which allowed him the chance to finally participate in the two sports which he was most curious and passionate about: football and wrestling. After high school, Donovan won three consecutive Canadian Junior Football League championships with the Saskatoon Hilltops and was named a CJFL All-Canadian in his 4th year. In University football, Donovan played 2 years with the UBC Thunderbirds and 2 years with the U of S Huskies and was named a CIS All-Canadian defensive lineman all 4 years. In 2016 Donovan signed a brief contract with the CFL's Ottawa REDBLACKS, before returning to University to finish his CIS eligibility and his master's degree in Kinesiology.

Donovan has worked for Ignite since January 2015 but was also an Ignite client since 2011. He attributes almost all of his success in football to the work Joel and Dave did correcting his technique and creating individualized strength programs. Donovan continued to absorb the knowledge of the Ignite staff and was a natural fit to join the workforce once he became certified as a Strength and Conditioning coach.

Donovan enjoys building relationships with as many clients as possible and always tries to keep everyone in his groups laughing. Donovan's wife Charissa is a registered nurse and they have two children. 

ACCREDITATIONS:

  • B.Sc.Kin, with a major in Exercise and Sport Studies

  • M.Sc.Kin

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA

  • Consultant for the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan - Strength and Conditioning

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LUCAS DERKSEN

Lucas grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Growing up with his two brothers meant that almost everyday after school there was a game going on in the backyard, the sport changed by the season but the foundational love of activity never did. 

Lucas grew up playing all sports, but eventually chose to pursue basketball. Over the course of his 5 years of eligibility he played at colleges all over western Canada. He won back-to-back Rustler Awards for his hard work and dedication at Lakeland College and was named team captain for the 2014-2015 season. Lucas also played on The Camosun Chargers Men’s basketball team in 2015-2016 that won the silver medal in the Pacwest conference playoffs and earned a trip to the CCAA nationals as one of the top 8 college teams in the Canada that year. Through his time as a student athlete with great help and mentorship from coaches far and wide, Lucas learned the value of hard work, dedication, attention to detail and so many other life lessons that sports reveal. 

During this time Lucas was also able to gain insight into the world of strength and conditioning as it relates to athletic performance while studying the field of Exercise and Wellness at Camosun College, which was based out of the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE). Having the opportunity to learn and train in the same building as the women’s national rugby team and a large group of national rowing contenders helped Lucas to understand what is being done at the highest levels of competition, which was beneficial as an athlete and now as a trainer. A highlight of his formal training was studying for a full semester under the tutelage of Charles Parkinson to gain a better understanding of Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Model. His time at PISE continues to impact the programming that he does and the trainer that he is. 

IGNITE ATHLETICS became a second home to Lucas during his summers spent in Saskatoon. He is truly humbled to have an opportunity to pass on the skills, and winning mentality that both Jordan and Joel exude to the next generation of Saskatchewan’s finest young athletes as they strive for their own success.

ACCREDITATIONS:

  • Certificate of IR  (2015) 

  • Diploma of Exercise and Wellness (2017)  

  • Certified Personal Trainer (2017) 

 

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GRAHAM BLACK

NASM-PES, CSAC, SSC

Graham became a part of the Ignite Family in 2013 as a member of the Huskie Men’s Basketball team. Following a transition to the Huskie Track and Field team, he developed a passion for optimal athletic performance and the role that strength and conditioning played in that process. Throughout his athletic career, which included time with the Canadian Bobsled team and Team Canada Flag Football, Graham found success through consistency and diligent planning. Graham is a certified Specialist in Strength and Conditioning (SSC) through the International Sport Science Association. He has experience coaching basketball at all levels and is currently a sprint coach with Dunamis Athletics. Outside of the gym Graham enjoys reading about world history and has a moderate/severe coffee addiction.

ACCREDITATIONS:

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine - Performance Enhancement Specialist

  • Certified Speed and Agility Coach

  • Specialist in Strength and Conditioning

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BENJAMIN JACKSON

BScKin, CSCS, Advanced Development Volleyball Coach (Level Two)

Benjamin graduated with Distinction from the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. He was raised in Hepburn, Saskatchewan, during which Benjamin’s sport focuses were basketball and volleyball, both played at the highschool and club level. Throughout the last 5 years, Benjamin has been involved with the University of Saskatchewan Huskie Volleyball Program. He has had the opportunity to train alongside some of the country’s best male athletes, was a student physiotherapist with the Huskie Men’s Volleyball team for 2 and a half years, and is currently the Head Strength Coach for the men’s and women’s volleyball programs and an Assistant Coach for the women’s volleyball program. Benjamin enjoys spending his spare time with his incredible wife, Camryn. They enjoy attending local sporting events, playing board games and spending time with family and friends. Benjamin’s responsibilities at IGNITE ATHLETICS include designing programs and working alongside people in order to help them live, move and perform better within their roles in life and sport.

ACCREDITATIONS:

  • B.Sc. Kin

  • Certified Personal Trainer