Crusaders Strength and Conditioning at the Athlete Training Centre

Crusaders Rugby Club, in conjunction with the Athletic Training Centre, is offering a winter strength and conditioning program for our junior members.

The program will be rugby oriented and appropriate to the age and capabilities of the player.


The program is available to Crusaders male and female players aged 14-19.


40 week strength and conditioning program designed to improve every athlete’s technical competency with a progression model designed to improve mobility and strength. There will be a strong emphasis on aerobic conditioning combined with agility and quickness.

The ATC is a large, fully equipped facility and the program will be coached in a safe and enjoyable environment led by coaches who will give consistent feedback, corrections and motivation.

This program is based on guidelines by Rugby Canada and draws on the strengths of our world-class coaches.


Tuesday’s 7:30pm – 9pm & Saturday’s 10am-11:30am

Nov. 7th – March 31st (2 week break at Xmas & 1 week break in March)

Cost: $30/90 min. session payable in monthly installments

Capacity: 20 athletes (we can add another session if there is enough interest).

Lead Coaches:

Nardine Oakes – Nardine hails from New Zealand and has 14 years of strength and conditioning experience. She has trained athletes in New Zealand’s top sports; Rugby, Netball, Rugby League, Cycling and Track and field as well as a wide range of other sports.
She most recently held the position of head strength and conditioning coach for Southland Rugby Academy, men’s sevens and U19 men’s. .
She has trained Olympic and World Cup level athletes. She likes to emphasize the holistic approach, of a well-rounded athlete looking at all areas such as injury prevention, nutrition, mental skills and strength and conditioning.
Some career highlights for Nardine are attending the World Cup in 2013 with the New Zealand Kiwiferns, Junior Worlds Gold medalists in Cycling and, first female Rugby Academy strength coach in New Zealand. She has represented New Zealand in Touch Rugby and tag.

Shea Pierre – Shea is a former CFL and CIS All-star Football player. His passion is training athletes to be incredibly agile and fast. He has worked with countless professional football players and has numerous youth athletic organizations demanding his services.
He is an incredible motivator and all of his athletes enjoy their time in the gym training with him. Shea demands greatness from his athletes while still having fun!

Jacqueline Gradish – Jacqueline is one of the only female Strong First Kettlebell instructors in Canada. She worked as a Strength and Conditioning specialist for the Toronto Maple Leafs for 4 years. Jacqueline’s attention to detail allows athletes to perfect their movements and improve their mobility. She strives to lead her athletes to their highest potential.

More information:

To obtain more information and to register for the program, please contact Angela: