Tara Self (Head Coach)

Two-time Olympian Tara Self began coaching full-time with the Cheetahs beginning in 2005. Tara brings a wealth of experience and an unbridled passion for track and field excellence. Tara competed for Canada at every major championship over a span of more than 10 years. Highlights included a 6th place at the 1999 World Championships (4x100 relay), 4th place at the World University Games (100m), Canada Games Champion, Canadian Junior Champion, Olympic Trials Winner (1996) and 10 time National Senior Medalist.

As Head Coach of the Coquitlam Cheetahs, Tara has quickly developed an outstanding group of young sprinters and hurdlers. Athletes coached by Tara include the following:

Canadian Senior Champion
  • Christine Lowe - 400m hurdles 2009
National Team Members
  • Ben Ayesu-Attah - 2009 World Youth Team 400m
  • Christine Lowe - 2009 Pan-Am Juniors
  • Billie Whitegibson - 2005 Pan-Am Juniors
BC Champions
  • Jarid Vaughn - 100m 2007 2008, 200m 2007 2008, 400m 2008, BC’s Fastest Man 2008 2009
  • Liza Whitehead - 100m 200m 2006
  • Christine Lowe - 400m 2008, 400m hurdles 2008 2009
  • Kevin Lowe - 110m hurdles 2007 2008
  • Billie Whitegibson - 100m 2005 2007, 200m 2007
  • Aaron Joseph - Long Jump 2006
  • Jocelyn Webster - 200m Youth 2008
  • Ben Ayesu-Attah- 400m 15 year old 2008, Triple Jump 15 year old 2008
High School Medalists
  • Ben Ayesu-Attah - 400m 2009
  • Christine Lowe - 400m 2006, 400m hurdles 2008
  • Kevin Lowe - 110m hurdles 2006
  • Billie Whitegibson - 100m 2005
  • Jenna Cunningham - 100m hurdles 2008
  • Reece Miles - 400m hurdles 2005
Canadian Junior Medalists
  • Christine Lowe - 400m hurdles 2008 2009
  • Billie Whitegibson - 100m 2007