Professional sports invite us to marvel at the human body — but as athletes use technology to improve their game, do they change our relationship with sports?

How does technology impact the role of the coach, or the way an athlete trains? At a global event like the Olympics, how do we give the participants a level playing field?

Waterloo alumni tackled these questions and more at The Modern Athlete, an expert panel discussion presented at Alumni Black and Gold Day. Watch the video to discover how new technologies are shaping the athletes of tomorrow, and how these innovations might enter your own workout routine.

Panel discussion begins at 11:23.


Gary Abbott

Gary Abbott (BASc '10)

Moderator: Gary is a Solutions Architect at D2L. A dynamic presenter with a keen sense for his audience, Gary can distill technical concepts for a variety of applications, from product demonstrations to written proposals. When he is not communicating the value of D2L education software, Gary is performing in community theatre productions and playing sports. For the past six years, he has been one of the panelists for Golf Digest Magazine’s annual equipment preview, The Hot List.

Tristan Lehari

Tristan Lehari (BASc '11)

Tristan is the Co-Founder & CEO of TritonWear, an advanced sports wearables company helping coaches and athletes around the world unlock their hidden potential. Tristan works closely with National Federations around the world to help them integrate big data into nationwide programs, helping countries get the most out of their elite athletes, as well as funnelling as many athletes as possible from grassroots programs to the international stage.


Sarah Remedios

Sarah Remedios (BSc '18)

Sarah Remedios is currently a Candidate of Masters of Science in Biomechanics within the Department of Kinesiology. Sarah was a three-time Academic All Canadian. Sarah was also a five-year member of the women’s varsity volleyball program, serving as captain for the last three seasons. Her final year was the most successful in program history, reaching a highest ranking of third in the country and winning the OUA bronze medal. 

Andrew Hopf

Andrew Hopf (MSc '09)

Andrew founded Next Level Performance Training Inc. with his wife Michelle Miguel and established himself as one of the region’s premier strength and conditioning coaches of young athletes and professional hockey players. Andrew is currently the Interuniversity Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Waterloo, and the Development Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Stanley Cup-winning St. Louis Blues of the NHL.