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Legion Athletic Camp
At The International Peace Garden - Canada’s Best Sports Camp


Ricardo E. Martinez

Camp Director, Head Coach Basketball

Coach Martinez has been with Legion Athletic Camps since 2009, starting as an assistant coach and advancing to head coach a few years later. His experience at Legion Athletic Camp has given Coach Ricardo a deep appreciation for the impact that it has on each athlete he has come into contact with. As a camp coordinator, his goal is to ensure that every athlete that attends camp has a great time, learns about their sport and, more importantly, has an opportunity to create new friendships and social circles to help promote individual growth.

"Summer Camps helped me stay out of trouble, discover who I was as a person and helped me find confidence in all aspects of life. Some of my longest lasting friendships and some of my best memories as a kid come from summer camps. My goal is to provide all athletes that attend our camp with the same opportunity I had growing up."

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Justin Thiessen

Asst. Camp Director, Head Coach Basketball


Coach Thiessen has been an active coach for 17 years in volleyball, hockey, soccer, badminton and primarily basketball. He has been coaching at the Peace Gardens since 2010 and has experience at the CIS, Provincial, and Club levels. Currently, Coach Thiessen is Head of Coaching for Alien Basketball Club in Suzhou, China and Head Coach of Sino Canada Warriors Basketball Academy in Shanghai, China. In addition to many years of coaching experience at all levels he holds a Masters Degree in Coaching from the University of Victoria in British Columbia and an Education Degree from Brandon University in Manitoba.

As a high school athlete at MacGregor Collegiate, Coach Thiessen was an honoured recipient of the Mckelvy Agencies Award for 'Dedication to Sport in the Community' and was named Most Dedicated Athlete. Always striving to build better community members as well as athletes is evident in his coaching style. Additionally, Coach Thiessen has spent time as Athletic Director for three different schools during his six year career in China.

"I coach because I want to give back to the game that has given me so much in my life. I coach at the Peace Gardens because it has been a huge part of my life since I first came as an athlete in the sixth grade, and I hope to pass my experiences on to the next generation."

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