Al Bodnarchuk’s involvement with Huskie Athletics began as a student
trainer in 1981-82 working with basketball, football and track & field
during his time as a University student. In 1984, Al began a stint of 18 years
as head trainer with the Huskie track & field team.
One of the best massage
therapists in the country, Al has travelled as a member of Canada’s medical
staff to the Commonwealth Games in 1986, 1994 and 2004, eight World Athletic
Championships – the first in 1987 and four Olympic Games – 1996 Atlanta, 2000
Sydney, 2002 Salt Lake City and 2008 Beijing. He played a vital role with the
men’s 4X100-metre relay that won the Olympic gold in 1996 – after, Donovan
Bailey presented an Olympic ring to Al in recognition of his contribution to
the Canadian sprinters. Al has been to more Olympic Games than anyone in
He has served on the Board of Directors of Sport Medicine and
Science Council of Saskatchewan and was a recipient of a Queen’s Jubilee Medal
in 2003 for dedication to Athletics in Canada.
He unselfishly gives his time to
work as a massage therapist with football and track & field, as well as
volunteering to teach new on field and clinical skills to Huskie Athletics student
trainers. During his time with Huskie Athletics, Al has helped athletes win
three Vanier Cup titles and three CIS Track & Field Championships.