Tuesday, June 05, 2007
The article has some great photos of Tania with her son, Callum.
Here is a bit of information on Tania, but for more on Tania, check out her website on my athlete links.
TANIA JONES, BSc MSc, is one of Canada’s top-ranked marathon runners (3rd, 2005). She has held the title of 2002 Canadian Champion – Marathon; Canadian National Team Member, 2001 World Track & Field Championship – Marathon; Ekiden Relay Teams (’95-’97);1992 Canadian University Gold medallist, 3000m; member of Guiness World Record team (100 x 1 mile); Canadian Record Holder (4 x 800m indoors); and 1987-1992 member of the University of Victoria varsity Track/Cross-country team.
The elite runner, originally from Oyama, British Columbia, first tasted victory when she won the Elementary School District Cross-Country Championships in grade 7. The following spring she happened to be in the ‘right place at the right time’ when The Kelowna Track & Field Club was started. She joined the club and began formal training with Coach Don Bertoia (’67 PanAm Games medallist) and Mike VanTighem (National Team Coach). Tania’s dedication and natural talent soon paid off: by 1986 she was Canadian Juvenile Champion, 3000m; Canadian Collegiate Champion, 3000m by 1992, and team member 2001 World Track & Field Championships.
As a high profile role model in the running community Tania has appeared as a running expert on CTV Balance, Rogers Sportsnet, and Oxygen. She is also a Motivational Spokesperson, recent talks include: 2003 National Capital Marathon Expo; Niagara Marathon Expo (’02-‘04); and Running Room Running Clinics (‘97-present).
Tania is currently self-coached. Her team includes: husband and mentor Colin Fidler, MBA and her sponsors: adidas Canada, PowerBar, the Canadian Sport Centre (Ontario) and ThermaCare. With this powerful team behind her Tania manages to balance elite athletic achievement in tandem with a successful corporate career as scientific professional with Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals and motherhood. Tania currently lives and trains in Ontario.