ALTIS - Canada

ALTIS Canada is the post-collegiate high performance training arm of the Vancouver Thunderbirds.  Membership is awarded through an application process and fees are athlete-specific. This stream is Olympics and World Championships focused.

Coached by Laurier Primeau, this group maintains a very low coach-athlete ratio and has a team-coaching agreement with the World Athletic Centre headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.  Training venues in the Lower Mainland include Fortius Sport and Health Centre and the University of British Columbia.

If you are interested in being involved in the ALTIS World, either as a member or supporting the existing athletes, please contact Laurier Primeau at 



Kyle Nielsen  – former Canadian javelin champion and NCAA medalist.  He has represented Canada at the NACAC U23 Championships and has a lifetime best of 77.24.

Jonelle Belle-Spence – former OFSAA gold medalist and Canadian youth team member in the 100 meters and the 4 x 100 relay.

Dustin Walsh– 2015 Para Pan American Games silver medalist in the 400 meters.  Canadian record holder in the 200 and 400, and has held world rankings as high as 4th. Dustin has been on three Paralympic teams

Rohan Stewart– former Canadian champion in both the 200 and 400 with a lifetime best of 20.91w in the 200 meters.  Rohan owns a bronze medal from the 4 x 400 relay at the Pan American Junior Championships, which he anchored.

Ivan Staeheli – an all-American in the decathlon for the University of British Columbia and Canadian team representative at the NACAC Championships in the decathlon