meet

our CREW

 

Hi! 

I'm Jaime

Owner/Founder & Head Coach of Hilltop MTB

qualifications & education

Over 15 years of combined experience racing at a World Cup DH and EWS level, coupled with extensive training & experience mountain bike coaching, guiding and mentoring.

professional mountain bike instructor certification

Level 3 PMBI Certified Advanced Coach and Guide

First female to successfully complete level 3 certification

PMBI Youth Module

PMBI Certified Course Conductor

national coaching certification program of Canada

Intro to Competition - Competition Development certifications

Making Ethical Decisions and Respect In Sport certifications

Developing Athletic Abilities & Mentoring certifications

"Hive Five" - Principles of Healthy Child Development

first aid certification

OFA Level 3 - 80hr - First Aid/CPR/AED

40hr Advanced Wilderness First Aid

where i came from

I began my athletics career as a world-class competitive gymnast, where I had the opportunity to represent Canada at an international level.  I carry the same drive, determination and work ethic required to be an Olympic-level gymnast into my career as a mountain bike athlete, coach and mentor.

mtb experience

Since retiring as a gymnast, mountain biking has been an integral part of my life.  The thrill of pushing my limits on my bike continues to drive my passion for the sport today!

I raced on the World Cup Downhill circuit for several years and then began exploring competition on the EWS and Multi-Day racing scenes, in addition to free-ride events.

coaching & mentoring

Coaching and mentoring have always been a big part of my life.

Much of my success on the bike I owe to my training as a former world class gymnastics athlete and coach.  For over 15 years I have been transferring those skills into mountain biking, coaching and mentoring young cyclists to hone their skills and pursue their passions, whatever they might be.

 

Hi! 

I'm gina

Girls Lead Coach

qualifications & education

I come from a background of multi-sport coaching & mentoring and have extensive experience leading and training groups in a mountaineering setting.  I began coaching with Hilltop MTB in 2018 and am excited to continue to develop my craft!

professional mountain bike instructor certification

PMBI Level 1 certified coach and guide

PMBI Youth Module

national coaching certification program of Canada

"High Five" - Principles of Healthy Child Development

first aid certification

Canadian Red Cross - 80hr Wilderness First Responder

where i came from

I have always been a sporty outdoorsy type.  Hailing from a small farming town in New Brunswick, that meant the usual varsity sports...and horses.  Basketball was my first obsession, until college introduced me to Ultimate Frisbee!  Eventually finding my way to BC, I represented Canada at Ultimate World Champs.  Following a car accident, that ended my ability to run, I was forced to hang-up my ultimate "cleats".  This is when mountain biking entered my life and changed my world forever! 

mtb experience

I began my MTB journey on the North Shore with a women's club called the Muddbunnies.  It wasn't long before I began leading rides, sharing knowledge and eventually running the Muddbunnies club.  A few short short years in, I got to travel the PNW racing enduro and XC.  My best memories were of giving it my-all in the name of doing my best... well that, AND crossing the finish line on Day #7 of the BC Bike Race!!  

coaching & mentoring

I have been teaching and mentoring sport most of my life and it is an integral part of who I am.  I strive to share with others the feeling of inclusiveness and an "anything is possible" attitude.  Making learning fun and providing athletes with an empowered feeling, while redefining what they thought possible, is for me,what it's all about!

 

Hi! 

I'm NOEL

Boys Lead Coach

qualifications & education

I bring  over 10 years of off-road and MTB racing experience into my craft as a coach, guide and mentor and am excited to continue to develop my knowledge and expertise as a coach.   

professional mountain bike instructor certification

 

Level 1 PMBI certified coach & guide

national coaching certification program of Canada

Coaches Initiation In Sport & EAP certification

Mentoring Certification

Developing Athletic Abilities Certificate

Making "Headway" in Sport - Concussion awareness

first aid certification

Standard First Aid/CPR & AED

40hr  Advanced Wilderness First Aid

where i came from

Originally from Calgary, Alberta, I have a background in motocross and off-road hard enduro racing, but grew up riding my fully rigid chromoly MTB in the provincial park near my family's home.  Later in my MX career, after a bit of a hiatus from non-motorized bikes, I rediscovered my passion for adventure and racing in the woods with friends on my mountain bike. 

mtb experience

For the last ten years mountain biking has allowed me to travel all over the world, exploring new terrain and racing  in new places.  I love the adventure, testing my skills and fitness and of course eating ALL the food along the way.

coaching & mentoring

Through my time riding and racing and being coached myself, I have seen the value in developing a strong skills platform. I really enjoy helping riders find flow where they formerly found challenge and helping to enable their development in a fun and safe atmosphere.  Sharing my passion for adventure & sportsmanship is something in which I truly find joy. 

 

Hi! 

I'm laura

Youth Coach

qualifications & education

I have been guiding and coaching MTB for a few years now and am always eager to learn and grow!

I'mm excited to join the Hilltop MTB crew to help other riders achieve their goals!

professional mountain bike instructor certification

Level 1 PMBI Certified Coach and Guide

first aid certification

40hr Advanced Wilderness First Aid

Certificate in Emergency First Response

Volunteer Fire fighter In Training

where i came from

My love for bikes began at age 13 in my home town of Adelaide, South Australia in the velodrome.  I trained at a National Level and aspired to attend the Olympics, until a family move to England forced me to leave my team.  My love for training and competing on the track preconditioned me for racing Enduro today.  A few years after moving to England I bought my first mountain bike and a hobby quickly turned to a passion.  In 2014 I moved to BC to continue to explore the west coast and now call Squamish home.

mtb experience

MTB makes me so happy, helps me push my limits both physically and mentally and I find it brings the best out of me.  I've made lifelong friendships and have been lucky enough to travel the world exploring an racing.  My top racing moments have been winning the 2018 Trans BC enduro, and finishing 7th at the 2019 EWS in Caneli Italy.

coaching & mentoring

MTB is a never ending learning challenge and I really enjoy taking riders out to experience new trails and help others in acheiving their goals.  I love when the "stoke" is high and we can support each other in accomplishing new skills and trail features.

 

Hi! 

I'm Teigen

Jr. Coach/Assisstant

qualifications & education

I started my coach pathway last year with Hilltop MTB, as part of their Jr. Coach Mentor program.

I learned a lot last year and am eager to to continue to grow!

professional mountain bike instructor certification

Level 1 PMBI Certified Coach and Guide

national coaching certification program of Canada

"Hive Five" - Principles of Healthy Child Development

first aid certification

Standard First Aid/CPR & AED

40hr Advanced Wilderness First Aid

where i came from

Bikes have always been a big part of my life.  Most of my riding has been on the BMX track, where I compete at an international level representing Canada.  I've carried this knowledge to the trails, where I spend time having fun on my MTB with friends and competing at local races, when I'm not travelling for BMX.

mtb experience

Mountain biking, to me, is a way to get outside and have fun with friends, learn how to move the bike around and get away from what I'm used to.  I love competing at the local level and pushing my limits keeps me coming back for more year-after-year!

coaching & mentoring

Coaching is a way to give back to the community and teach the next generation the skills to be confident on their bikes.  I've taken part in lots of Hilltop MTB program as a rider in the past and it is great that I now get to share my knowledge and love of the sport with others, while getting to be outside having fun!

 

Hi! 

I'm SIENNA

Jr. Coach/Assisstant

qualifications & education

I started my coach pathway last year with Hilltop MTB, as part of their Jr. Coach Mentor program.

I learned a lot last year and am eager to to continue to grow!

professional mountain bike instructor certification

 

Level 1 PMBI Certified Coach and Guide

national coaching certification program of Canada

 

"Hive Five" - Principles of Healthy Child Development

first aid certification

 

Standard First Aid/CPR & AED

40hr Advanced Wilderness First Aid

where i came from

I am a born and raised Squamish kid. I’ve grown up in a mountain bike and ski family and since the age of 3 I have been riding bikes on the local trails in Squamish and hitting the slopes on Whistler Mountain. Being in the mountains, doing the sports I love, makes me feel like I can accomplish anything.

mtb experience

At a young age I started riding in a club that my mom owned and operated. Since then, one of my proudest accomplishments so far was achieving the High School Mountain Bike Series overall winner for Grades 8,9 and 10. I’ve competed in the BC XC race series for 4
years and in 2019 I placed 3rd in a local Women's Only Enduro.
To me it's not about the placing, but rather doing what I love, challenging myself and getting out of my comfort zone. 

coaching & mentoring

I have a strong passion for the sport of mountain biking and coaching is a way for me to share this passion. I am enthusiastic and have a positive energy, and I enjoy being a role model to younger riders.

I feel good knowing I am helping younger generations learn and grow as mountain bikers while achieving their goals. I am very excited to continue to grow as a coach as part of Hilltop MTB's mentor program and look forward to where my journey will take me!

 

Hi! 

I'm Sophie

Jr. Coach/Assisstant

qualifications & education

I bring over 10 years of experience riding and racing at the World Cup level and have had the privilege of working with some of the top coaches and mentors in the world.

I am stoked to get my start with Hilltop MTB as a Jr. coach this season, and look forward to growing and learning alongside an amazing team!

professional mountain bike instructor certification

I am just starting my coach pathway and am excited to be taking part in my PMBI certification process this spring!

national coaching certification program of Canada

I will be participating in my NCCP coach pathway and can't wait to delve into more of the theory behind coaching and mentoring.

first aid certification

40-hr Advanced Wilderness First Aid

where i came from

I began my journey in a little country called Aotearoa, New Zealand.  I was always adventuring and exploring outside, playing and having fun!  Being outside and active have always been an integral part of my personality, and mountain biking has helped shape who I am today!

mtb experience

I began riding and racing cross country as a young teen, but soon realized I enjoyed the physical and mental challenges that downhill MTB provided.  I began racing DH and found I thrived on those challenges, which sparked the the drive to travel and race on the World Cup Circuit.  Recently I have taken a step back from racing, giving me time to cultivate new skills and riding disciplines and bringing new riders into the sport.

coaching & mentoring

I have always considered myself a student of mountain biking and I now feel ready to pass on my knowledge and experience to the younger generations.  Mountain Biking is my passion and I value all the lessons it can teach us - from self-reliance to confidence and commitment - I believe everyone can benefit from these values in the context of the outdoors!