Olympian to coach South Fraser club

Won gold medal in 1996 in Atlanta, will coach in Surrey

Robert Esmie

Robert Esmie

Olympic gold medalist Robert Esmie is the new head coach of the South Fraser Track and Field Club.

Esmie ran the first leg of Canada’s 4x100m relay team at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, winning gold. He moved to Metro Vancouver following the Olympics, and became involved  in the local track and field community.

“I am humbled and excited to be a part of South Fraser club, a club that has been around a long time within the Surrey community, a community that I’ve called home since moving here after the 1996 Olympics,” said Esmie, adding he wants “to make the club number one in the Lower Mainland and attract the best coaches that will inspire, empower and mentor the athletes as they reach for their dreams.”

The South Fraser Track and Field Club was established in 1964, and is based out of Bear Creek Park. The club is open to elementary, high school, senior and masters athletes in the disciplines of sprints, distance, jumps and throws.  The club welcomes both recreational and competitive athletes.

“The 2013 season is going to be very exciting and inspiring for the South Fraser Track and Field Club,” said president Zebe Piacsezny. “Robert’s passion, enthusiasm and dedication towards the sport of track and field and our athletes will bring a new image for the club.”

Surrey North Delta Leader