Oak Bay Secondary’s Tyler Dozzi has come a long way since his humble beginnings in Terrace, B.C.
Growing up in Northern BC, Dozzi had to travel over two hours for each training session. Despite these less-than-ideal conditions, Dozzi dazzled at the provincial and national level. He finished consistently among the top in his age-group, and eventually caught the attention of 2-time Olympian and running coach Bruce Deacon.
Deacon convinced Dozzi to move to Victoria so that he could train the 18-year-old year-round in a high performance running environment.
Since arriving in Victoria less than two years ago, Dozzi has progressed into one of Canada’s best distance runners, earning a running scholarship to UBC.
Dozzi is competing at this weekend’s BC Track Provincial Championships in Langley in the 1500 metre and 3000 metre. Two weeks ago Dozzi shattered the 3000 metre Island high school record by over 6 seconds (8:28.00).
The 3000 metre provincial record was set in 1975 by Burnaby South’s John Martens (8:21.27).