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National Coaches Week – #ThanksCoach Houshang Amiri

September 22-30, 2018 is National Coaches Week, a time to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coach­es have on athletes and communities across Canada. This week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach.  You can follow all of the National Coaches Week social media action on Facebook and Twitter using hashtags #CoachesWeek and #ThanksCoach.

Cycling BC would like to say #ThanksCoach to all the coaches out there for playing a crucial role in building a healthy and active community.

We will be posting a series of coach profiles on our website throughout National Coaches Week, September 22-30,  and have asked athletes to take this opportunity to say “thanks” to their coaches.

Our #ThanksCoach spotlight today is on Houshang Amiri, Head Coach of the Pacific Cycling Centre in Victoria. Houshang has over 37 years of experience helping athletes and has helped them get to the podium over 90 times at the highest levels.

Brenna Pauly of the Tripleshot Cycling Club in Victoria had this to say about Coach Houshang.

Houshang Amiri National Coaches Week

#ThanksCoach Profile: Houshang Amiri


Pick 3 words to describe your coach.
Calm, Supportive, and Knowledgeable.

Calm: No situation causes him to stress and no matter if you’re at a race or training he’s there to keep everything running smoothly.

Supportive: He is always available to listen and give guidance.

Knowledgeable: He always has an anecdote to share if you ask him questions about situations that he has previously encountered and is able to give solid advice. He has always been able to answer any question I have thrown his way.

What does your coach do that makes him a great coach?
He looks at the athlete as a whole, not just from a training perspective, but also if you work or go to school and takes that into account when creating training plans.

Other than the sport they coach you in, what sport would you like to watch your coach try?
 It’s kind of cycling related but I’d like to see him ride the e-bike at the track.

Why do you want to say “thanks, coach”?
I want to say thank you coach because he has put in many hours on evenings and weekends supporting me in my training and with my goals. There are never enough opportunities to say thank you.


Brenna Pauly
Brenna Pauly


With events held across the country to celebrate coaching, National Coaches Week provides coaches with the recognition they deserve for the time they devote to ensuring Canadians live an active, healthy lifestyle.

Stay up to date with everything happening leading up to National Coaches Week by visiting and by following along on Facebook and Twitter using #CoachesWeek and #ThanksCoach.

For more information on coaching and how to become a cycling coach, please go to our Coaching Resources or check out the events calendar for upcoming coaching courses in your area.

Cycling BC will be holding an NCCP Let’s Ride! Community Initiation coaching course on Saturday, October 20, 2018 for everything you need to start coaching. Register now to reserve your spot.