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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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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Kyle Chapman

Kyle, originally from New Zealand, moved to Canada in June of 2015. He recently became a Canadian resident and plans on creating a life here, amongst the mountains where he can participate in his two favorite hobbies - Mountain Biking and Snowboarding.

Kyle’s main focuses in the gym are looking good, feeling good and being functional. Whether you want to get in shape for summer or winter pursuits, or just be more prepared for everyday life,...

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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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Marina Serrano Leon

Marina grew up in the Vancouver and Squamish area and has been a part of the active sea to sky lifestyle for many years.

As a personal trainer, Marina employs full body movement and functional training to help her clients reach their fitness goals. She is an outdoor enthusiast - rock climbing, biking, and skiing, to name a few - and loves translating that experience, to the gym. Free weights and high-intensity training are Marina's tools for assisting clients to...

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Emma Law

Emma is a fully qualified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor from England with over ten years experience in the fitness industry. She has developed her knowledge while traveling and working around the world.

She loves being in an active environment, being around people with positive attitudes towards getting fit and healthy and helping clients achieve their goals. She specializes in strength, conditioning, spinning and core stability. Interests include lifting, swimming, cycling, team sports and the...

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Jake Doyle

Jake is a certified ACMG Top Rope Climbing Instructor who loves taking people climbing whether it be outside or in the gym. Growing up in the Vancouver area, he has been spending time in the mountains around Whistler his entire life.

You can find Jake in the mountains backcountry skiing and rock climbing or at the Core getting stronger. He has been on numerous rock climbing trips all over the United States and Patagonia.

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    Ondrej Petros

    Ondrej came to Whistler from the heart of Europe, Czech Republic. He grew up in a strong climbing community, that has been a significant part of Czechoslovakia's climbing history. During university, he spent years in France, where he climbed and skied through the Alps and Pyrenees.

    He is passionate about climbing in the mountains where you have to fight for "your place." One of his favorite areas to rock climb, is Vallee Blanche in Chamonix.

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    Connor Thelen

    Connor started climbing at a young age at the German Alpine Association and soon found his passion for bouldering.

    Touching real rock for the first time made him escape the climbing gyms and boulder his way through Germany and finally ending up in one of his favourite climbing areas, the beautiful sandstone of Fontainebleau, France.

    Connor has shared his experiences working as bouldering/climbing instructor and route setter in different gyms all over Germany for over five years. He is always aiming to...

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    Adam Fidler

    Adam has been sharing his passion and knowledge of climbing with novices and experienced climbers for the last seven years and has been hanging off walls for the last 14. He can teach you the basics or help you push yourself to the next level.

    He likes to climb hard, but never too serious. He specializes in the art of bouldering, where he can play as he trains. He is no stranger to the competitive climbing scene, and his best ticks...

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    Martina Kvetounova

    Martina is a traveller originally from the Czech Republic, She travels the world to explore and enjoy the mountains, either on the rocks, on the snow, in the air or in the water. She came to Whistler to taste the Canadian powder and thanks to The Core she can share her passion and continue climbing eventhough it's freezing outside.

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    Tyson Francis

    Tyson is 29 years old and comes from the small town of Adelaide South Australia. He has been involved in fitness for over 10 years and has worked as a Gym instructor, Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach and CrossFit Coach. Recently he completed my Masters in High Performance Sport at the Australian Catholic University. He is extremely passionate about my sports, living an active lifestyle, human movement, fitness and most of all having fun. Over the years he has been lucky enough to learn from some...

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