Athletics Hall of Fame
Wynn Gmitroski

Wynn Gmitroski

SPORT(S) Track and Field
PLAYED AT BSU 1975-79
YEAR INDUCTED 2019

A four-year letter winner for the Bemidji State Men’s Track and Field team and 1979 graduate, Wynn Gmitroski’s track and field coaching career has taken him to six Olympic Games, 17 World Championships and five Commonwealth Games over nearly 40 years. In 1988 he became a registered physiotherapist pursuing optimal performance and wellness, and in 1990 he founded Cedar Hill Sports Therapy Clinic and has developed highly regarded expertise in periodization training, long-term athlete development, optimizing performance and methods of recovery and prevention. Gmitroski has worked with track and field, rowing and triathlon athletes, such as Gary Reed, Diane Cummins, Angela Chalmers and Bruce Deacon, that hold several national records, an Olympic bronze medal, a World Championship silver medal, three Commonwealth golds and a silver medal along with a combination of 19 top-8 world rankings or finishes at major championships. From 1982-90 he also served as the middle distance and cross country coach at the University of Manitoba, where he helped the Bisons to three national titles following a brief stint as a physical education teacher for students ranging in age from 5-17. In addition, Gmitroski has worked with organizations in other athletic areas such as the San Francisco 49ers, Cirque Du Soleil UK Athletics and Athletics Australia. A level 5 certified coach in Canada, Gmitroski has been a member of Canadian Physiotherapy Association, College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia, Canadian Professional Coaches Association, Coaching Association of British Columbia and Athletics Canada / BC Athletics.

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