About us

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At Saltus, our vision is you living life to the fullest through athletic achievement.  Our role is to help you develop the physical literacy, athleticism, and mindset to achieve your goals. Through the use of science-driven training methods, we’ll help you remain injury-free, and performing to your fullest potential.  Confidence, autonomy, and greater life enjoyment are some of the side effects of discovering what your body & mind are capable of.  Our culture of discipline, excellence, and hard work, while having fun along the way will get you there.

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MEET THE COaches

SEAN DEL BEN

MKIN | CSCS | FMS 2 | FRCMS | RMP 2

With a passion for helping athletes achieve their goals in sport, Sean founded Saltus Athletic Academy with a vision of developing physically and mentally tough, well-rounded, fundamentally sound athletes via scientifically proven strength & conditioning training.

Sean has experience working athletes from the elite youth athlete, to the NCAA Division 1, CIS, National and Professional Level athlete in sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, rugby, hockey, swimming, track & field, rowing, karate, and triathlon.

He has also had the opportunity of participating in the annual fitness testing for the Vancouver Canucks. Sean has been a contributing writer for NorthPoleHoops, and is the strength & conditioning coach for West Point Grey Academy.

Other qualifications:

  • Functional Movement Screen Lvl. 2
  • Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist
  • Running Mechanics Professional Lvl. 2

 

ALI AL-ETHAWY

BKIN | CSCS 

Ali is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS), kinesiologist, personal trainer, and avid cross country runner and triathlete with national and international competition experience. Ali is passionate about helping athletes and clients achieve their potential in sport and in life. Ali’s philosophy aligns perfectly with Saltus’ as he believes that anyone with a desire to move and improve their physical and mental fitness is an athelte.

With experience as a sailor in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserves, Ali also understands how to develop the discipline necessary for you to accomplish your goals.

Other qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Kinesiology (UBC)
  • FMS Level 1
  • Fundamental Movement Skills certified
  • NCCP Triathlon Community Certified Coach

Leo Gonzalez Ando

BKIN | NSCA-CSCS

Leo graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor’s of Science and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS). Leo’s extensive competitive background in both soccer and track and field has inspired him to pursue his passion in athletic development and injury prevention. 

He looks forward to helping Saltus Athletes achieve their highest sporting potential via fundamental and specific training principles. Leo’s had the opportunity to work with the student athletes from Saint George’s Senior School as an athletic trainer, his experience there has taught him that good trainers and coaches play a significant role in paving a sustainable path for athletic success and a healthy life.

Sebastian Torterolo

BKIN | NSCA-CSCS

While participating in high-school wrestling, Sebastian dealt with various injuries due to improper training practices and not being fully prepared for the physical demands of the sport. Now, with his experience and educational background in Sports Science and Psychology, he has made it a goal of his to prepare youth and collegiate athletes to meet the demands of their sport, to reach their full potential, and to decrease their risk of injury. His sessions are focused on the mastering of fundamental movement and lifting skills that transfer to performance, as well as providing athletes with the motivation, and physical competence to move confidently and with control in a wide range of physical activity situations. 

Achievements as a coach 

Performance Coach for:

  • Top national sprint canoe-kayak team
  • Volleyball Canada Regional Excellence Program 
  • T-birds Rowing, Hockey
  • OvalHP Speed Skaters
  • Richmond Fire New Recruits 2019, 2021
Presented in-house seminars to BC Karate and BC Rowing on strength and power preparation, injury prevention and programming to athletes and coaches
 
Other qualifications:
  • NSCA – Personal Trainer
  • NCCP – Multi-Sport
  • NCCP- Athletics

Ashley Capewell

BKIN | NSCA-CSCS

During his career, Ashley has worked with international track and field athletes, professional rugby, premier women’s volleyball, elite youth cricket and collegiate athletes and teams.

Ashley has a special interest in youth athlete development and continues to coach emerging high school and colligate athletes.

With a love of the outdoors, Ashley spends his time in the mountains skiing, cycling and exploring.

 
Other qualifications:
  • MSc Strength and Conditioning
  • ASCC
  • BWL L2 Olympic Weightlifting Coach

Tom Clifford

BKIN | NSCA-CSCS

Tom attended the University of Gloucestershire in the UK and graduated with a Masters of Science in Applied Sport and Exercise Science. While completing his Master’s he was able to work with elite and professional athletes from a variety of sports including Bob Skeleton and Soccer.

After graduating Tom had a desire to explore the world, experience different cultures and gain experience working within the industry. His travels have led him to spend time in Australia, Singapore, and the last 3 years in Calgary, working with a variety of different athletes and sports ranging from Professional Rugby Union and League players in Australia to Ice Hockey athletes in Calgary.

Over the years, Toms’ coaching philosophy and principles have developed into helping maximise the potential of his clients and see these results in the sporting arena where it counts!! From this, as with the vast majority of sports, acceleration, and speed reign king. With attention to the specific details and movement patterns required, Toms’ philosophy is focused on addressing imbalances, helping to prevent injury and improve acceleration and change of direction.

    Evan Thomas

    BKIN | NSCA-CSCS

    Evan graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours degree in Kinesiology. He is a practicing Kinesiologist in good standing with the BC Association of Kinesiologists, and a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Evan has worked with a diverse range of individuals in his rehabilitation and performance training experience. He has had the opportunity to work alongside recreational athletes, national-level athletes, general population, and youth in clinical and performance settings.

    Evan prescribes exercise with a client-centered approach to help individuals surpass their baseline strength and movement capacities. He believes in empowering his clients by objectively measuring their progress; allowing them to recognize that their body capable of incredible changes when given the appropriate levels of progressive exercise stimulus. His goal as a strength and conditioning coach is to integrate evidence-based training methodologies with individual client preferences to achieve optimal improvements in athletic performance.
    When not working in a performance gym or rehabilitation clinic, Evan can be found playing hockey, riding down lift access bike park trails, snowboarding, or using his two feet to explore the west coast mountain ranges.