Our Staff

Bob Allison

President and Manager of The Core Climbing and Fitness Centre; formerly co-founder of the Great Wall Climbing Centre

Bob Allison- (President and Manager of The Core Climbing and Fitness Centre; formerly co-founder of the Great Wall Climbing Centre) has been climbing for over 35 years. Bob and his family have lived in Whistler for 23 years during which time Bob has created two climbing areas: Nordic and Calchek, and put up dozens of routes rated from 5.4 through 5.13 throughout...

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John Blok

John is a long time Whistlerite and has a passion for endurance sports. He is an avid mountain bike enthusiast, elite runner and triathlete. John’s competitive history includes:

  • Representing Canada 3 times in International Triathlon World Championships.
  • 3 top 10 place finishes in the XTERRA Triathlon World Championships.
  • Age group record in the Bellingham half marathon.
  • Completed 8 Ironmans and always placing near the top of his age group.

John is forever helping people out and can often...

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Andy Robinson

Voted Whistler's Best Coach/Trainer in 2015 and 2016!

Andy has Worked for Tottenham Hotspur (English Premier League) and Brisbane Lions (Australian Rules) as both a Remedial Massage Therapist and as a strength and condition coach. He has an Advanced Diploma in Muscle Skeletal Therapy, Diploma in Remedial Massage, Certificate 4 in Personal Training, and is a level 1 Agatsu Kettlebell instructor. He specializes in sports specific training and rehabilitation of injuries.

Andy spends most of his spare time on...

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Tani Hamagishi-Allen

As a certified Pilates instructor and climbing enthusiast, Tani brings to the Core a passion for strong and stable body movement. Her personal training approach introduces clients to Classical-based Pilates, targeting shoulder and pelvic stability through alignment and core muscle recruitment.

In addition to individualized private and semiprivate sessions, she caters to a range of fitness levels in Pilates group mat classes.

She is fully certified on all Pilates apparatus and offers this knowledge during Mat sessions through the use...

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Richard Sievewright

Voted Runner Up as Whistler's Best Coach/Trainer in 2015 and 2016!

A strength and conditioning specialist with a degree in Sport Development and Physical Education. Ten years of traveling the world eventually brought him to Whistler where he now calls home. A self proclaimed gym rat and team sport athlete who has evolved into a backcountry skier, trail runner and mountain biker.

Rich is active in the local community delivering nutritional talks and hosting local sporting events. A drive to better his...

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Sarah Mastalir

Sarah has been teaching in the Whistler community for two years, after completing her 200 hour teaching at White Gold Yoga, and more recently another 100 Hours with Baptiste Power Yoga. She delights in yoga so much she has inspired her entire family to practice.

Sweet and firm, her motto is ‘don’t wish for it, work for it’. Sarah will provide you with grounds to gain mobility in your body so you can better perform...

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Jiri (Joe) Maly

Joe is an experienced rock climber with over 15 years climbing experience and has been working as Climbing instructor and route setter in Czech Republic for nearly a decade.

He has degree in physical education and sport at Charles University  in Prague specializing in climbing and skiing. Joe has his Top Rope Climbing Instructor accreditation through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.

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Pei-Yin Lew

Originally from Australia, Pei started climbing over a decade ago and has climbed on six of the seven continents. She’s also delved into mountaineering and has summited Mont Blanc, Elbrus, Aconcagua and a number of 5000m+ and 6000m+ peaks in Peru and Bolivia.

Pei loves all aspects of climbing whether it be bouldering, sport, trad or alpine. She has her Top Rope Climbing Instructor accreditation through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.


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Kyle Chapman

Kyle, originally from New Zealand, moved to Canada in June of 2015. With a decade of Personal Training and 2 years instructing Spin classes under his belt, he is excited and ready to help you towards your health and fitness goals.

Kyle has a Bachelor Degree in Sport & Exercise, plus a graduate Diploma in Exercise Science. During the summer months he is a Mountain Bike Instructor here in Whistler’s own mountain bike park.

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Michael Gallimore

Michael Gallimore is a passionate mountaineer and rock climber, and in Whistler to learn to ski, in order to further his development as a mountain guide. Michael is part of our climbing team and involved with daily instruction, route setting, movement clinics and outdoor guiding when the weather permits.

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Chelsea Hooton

Chelsea is your standard backpack traveler, with a foot in every outdoor corridor. Having only been in the extreme sports scene for the last three years, she's tested the adrenaline to everything, from free-solo climbing in her local backyard of Australia, to cross-country mountain biking in the Himalayan regions of Nepal.

As an Australian certified Outdoor Instructor, she's found her soft spot, working with kids and adults from entry-level outdoor backgrounds, in everything from...

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Kiercy Latimer

Originally from Kingston, Ontario being raised by parents who ran a family business in the Health and Fitness industry Kiercys love for health and wellness has been an ongoing passion for as long as she can remember. This lead her to becoming a certified Group Fitness and Spin instructor and getting a diploma in Health and Fitness promotion. With over 5 years experience leading female strength and conditioning classes Kiercy is here to promote positive female body image...

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