Head Coach + Routesetter
Brandon has been active in the climbing industry for over 15 years. As a coach, he has worked with all ages and abilities from first time climbers to national champions. As a routesetter, he has set for numerous competitions and events across the province and aims to bridge a gap between commercial and competition setting here at Reach.
A former World Cup athlete, Brandon understands what it takes to compete at an elite level and is excited to create and implement programming that will allow everyone to reach their true climbing potential.
Brandon believes that climbing is for everyone and is looking forward to opening the doors for those who’ve yet to experience all that this sport has to offer.
Emily was introduced to climbing 23 years ago at Camp Ouareau, a beloved childhood camp. There weren’t many climbing gyms back then, so while she climbed over the years, she never considered that a career in climbing was a possibility.
Emily pursued a diploma in social service work after high school and focused her work in youth addictions and youth criminal justice. Despite no longer working in the field, Emily has continued to work with youth in crisis through climbing.
Now, after leaving social work almost ten years ago and moving into climbing gym management, Emily has experience in all aspects of running a commercial facility.
She hopes to share her passion for climbing and working with youth in this next exciting chapter of her life. Like the rest of the team, Emily believes that climbing is for everyone and hopes to use this opportunity to make climbing accessible to all.
Business Lead, Consultant
Sarah and Tim are long-time Newmarket residents with backgrounds in occupational therapy and Corporate law, respectively. Periodic climbers growing up, climbing became a family passion after introducing it to their daughter as a preschooler. Now proud parents of 2 competitive youth climbers and actively involved in the climbing community, Sarah and Tim have coached together for the past 4 years, to provincial and national success. Sarah has volunteered at competitions as a judge and technical delegate, while Tim is currently vice-chair of the Ontario Climbing Federation Board of Directors.
Occupational Therapist, Accessible and Therapeutic Climbing Lead
Sarah is a registered Occupational Therapist, with vast experience supporting people of all ages with physical, neurological, and cognitive impairments. She is the Clinical Lead at the Centre of Arthritis Excellence in Newmarket, and an Occupational Therapist with the Canadian Adaptive Climbing Society. Sarah has served on committees with the Ontario Climbing Federation (OCF) and Climb Escalade Canada. She is the lead classifier for Paraclimbing in Canada and is in the process of completing certification to classify paraclimbers at the international level.
Sarah is very excited to combine her Occupational Therapy lens with her passion for climbing, and to develop and promote programs at Reach that will provide opportunities for accessible recreation, therapeutic intervention, and elite paraclimbing for climbers of all ages and abilities.