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Training Basket: Bill Wedlake

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BILL WEDLAKE, 67

Executive director of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference, owner of Bill Wedlake Consulting (motivational-speaking company).

 

Accomplishments: There is a fitness centre named after Wedlake at the University of Winnipeg, so you can bet Wedlake doesn't just talk the talk, he walks the walk -- even in retirement. A basketball coach at the high school and university level for 32 years, Wedlake compiled over 650 wins. Wedlake was the head coach of the U of Wesmen men's basketball team from 1984-2000. He was a teacher at St. John's High School for 16 years and at the U of W for 16 years. He served as the U of W athletic director for eight years before he retired on April 1, 2008. In addition to a lengthy list of community service and volunteer work he has done over the years, Wedlake was inducted as a builder in the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005 and as builder in the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2013. These days, he travels with his wife, Ingrid, spends time at their cottage and works with MCAC's six colleges and four sports as well as its student athletes to help intercollegiate sports grow in the province. After a knee replacement a couple of years ago, Wedlake said he's got more mobility than he's had in years.

Favourite workout?

When in the city, I go to Elmwood Kildonan YMCA. There, I walk the track, ride a stationary bike, do some strength training on machines and free weights and stretch. At our cottage (we go year-round), we use many great hiking trails. When the weather is bad, I have a stationary bike to use for my workout.

 

Favourite workout song?

Anything by the Dave Matthews Band, especially Rhyme 'n' Reason or Two Step.

 

Fitness tip?

It is hard to start working out regularly, but when you do start it, it quickly becomes a habit, and habits are hard to break.

 

What's in your fridge?

Lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. I love all food, except sweets.

 

What's your guilty pleasure?

A big slab of baby back ribs with a baked potato with all the fixings. ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 7, 2013 D16

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