SportsLife 2016, Issue 2 - Page 23

Dr. Chuck Williams: It’s All About Speed By Scott Taylor, Photos by Scott Taylor and Archives Sometimes you have to wonder how good things fall into your lap. Here in Manitoba, a good thing showed up five years ago, but only now, the public is starting to understand exactly who Dr. Chuck Williams is and what his presence here means to our province. These days, Williams is the owner and operator of Achieve Sports Performance Academy, an exclusive Performance Academy located on Ellice Avenue in the Canlan Ice Sports complex. However, if you’re in Winkler, Man., where Williams also works as a Clinical Psychologist contracted by CFS and Victims Services, as well as Active Rehab Specialist (injuries/concussions/etc.) for MPI, or in the North or West End of Winnipeg, where Williams works his magic on a number of MS patients and other Manitobans at the Cindy Klassen SportsPlex on Sargent Ave., people are beginning to benefit from a remarkable life in sports, education, training, coaching and teaching. • He is a USA Track and Field Level 5 (IAAF highest level International) Sprints and Hurdles Coach • He is a USA Track and Field Level 3 Endurance Coach • Former Professor of Research and Statistics • He is a USA Weightlifting Master Coach • He is also the author of two books, Taming the Ogre-Domestic Violence and Multiple Intelligences-Elite Athletes, being published by Friesen Publishingthis coming November. people are beginning to benefit from a remarkable life in sports, education, training, coaching and teaching 60-year-old Williams, a grandfather of six, still trains in all of his athletic disciplines every week Just to be clear, Dr. Chuck Williams IS the following: • A Certified Sports and Neuropsychologist with a Masters Degree in Marriage, Family, and Adolescent Therapy • Human Movement Expert Analyst for 3D Sport Tech (Moti Sports) • He is the Director of Athlete Development with MMA Manitoba • He is a Full Contact Kung Fu Champion/ Sifu-Williams • Former Nutritional Expert AdvisorMetagenics/Unipro Sports Nutrition • He is a former Mr. America and Mr. Universe Bodybuilding Champion/IFBB Professional But there is so much more. The 60-yearold Williams, a grandfather of six, who still trains in all of his athletic disciplines every week and looks like he’s only about a year away from winning the next Mr. Universe title, has an undergraduate degree from National University in Irvine, Cal., a Masters from Pepperdine University in Malibu and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from California Coast University in Santa Ana, Cal. During it all, he was a martial arts black belt (Master/Sifu) and an internationally renowned bodybuilder. “I was born in Harlem and grew up in Teaneck, N.J.,” he said. “I was always a skilled street fighter. Trained by my father, a Golden Gloves champion, in boxing and “Born in Harlem and grew up in Teaneck, N.J.” judo, Kung Fu, JuJitsui (my close friend and instructor “Soke” Mike Depasquale Jr), and Derobio-Escrima. “But in the mid-80s, I started to get involved with bodybuilding. I had no idea what these professional bodybuilders were doing with their bodies until I reached my first (NPC) Mr. America in 1982 in New York. I was 187 pounds at the bottom end of the class, a muscular yet slight light-heavyweight and I was on-stage with guys who were massive at the top end of the weight class at “that was 1982 and I won my first Mr. America (light-heavyweight class) in San Jose, Cal., and subsequently the Mr. Universe in Singapore in 1983” sportslife / 23