About me


Hi, I am Les Gramantik. Starting my athletic career in the Sports School System in Romania I was an elite athlete and international pole vaulter. Continuing with my passion for athletics and sports, I turned to coaching which has now included 44 years internationally for Romania, Israel and Canada. I have coached over 50 Canadian National Champions and medalists in a variety of speed and power events.

Since 1984, I have been selected to coach with the Canadian National team in various roles including: six Commonwealth Games, three Pan American Games, eight Olympics/Paralympics and eleven World Championships:

  • Head Coach - 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Head Coach - 2003, 2007, 2011 Pan-Am Games
  • Head Coach - 2006, 2010 Commonwealth Games
  • Head Coach - 1999, 2001, 2007 World Athletic Championships

My involvement also includes all levels of coaching education from NCCP to NCI, lecturer at the University of Calgary, and numerous clinics around the world for both coaches and athletes. I am a leader of developing  education programs, writing the Competition Development curriculum for athletics and a key member among a group of experts in developing the Long Term Athlete Development model for Athletics Canada. I have lectured internationally on a various subjects from athletic program planning to strength training.

In addition, I have also been an athletic and development consultant for a number of sports including: hockey, football, kayak/canoe, synchronized swimming, bobsleigh, mountaineering and professional golf.

Personal Achievements:

  • 1991 CIS and six time Canada West Coach of the Year (Head coach of Athletics at the University of Calgary from 1987-2005)
  • 11 time Alberta High Performance Coach of the Year

I was born in Transylvania, Romania and possess a BA in Education, BA in Physical Education and Masters of Coaching Science from the University of Bucharest.