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:
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.
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.