Gary has been a member of TOC for 26 years. Before organizing the JOP he coached soccer in the Swansea Community 2001-2008. Prior to this, he helped senior level distance athletes with their running and race plans for over 10 years. As an athlete, Gary was a competitive runner, since the age of 14. Hence, he has first-hand experience of what it's like to be a young runner. In total, he competed in over 600 races representing Canada at the World Cross Country Championships five times and qualified for the 1992 Canadian Olympic team at 10 000m.