Greg Wells, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Dr. Greg Wells is a physiologist, an
exercise medicine researcher at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, and a
professor of kinesiology at the University of Toronto.
Throughout his career, Dr. Wells has
coached, trained and inspired dozens of elite athletes to win medals at
World Championships, the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. He has
studied athletic performance in some of the most severe conditions on the
planet, like the Andes Mountains and the Sahara Desert.
Dr. Wells has had his own experience with the challenges of adversity and
human extremes. Late in his high school career, he broke his neck in a
freak accident while swimming in the ocean and was in a halo brace
before undergoing neurosurgery. Told by his doctor that he would never
perform as an athlete again, he went on to compete at the
international level in swimming. He has competed in events such as the
Nanisivik Marathon - 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle - Ironman
Canada, and the Tour D’Afrique, a grueling 11,000-kilometre event
that is the longest bike race in the world.
The author of
, Greg is a sought-after speaker and a regular contributor to
The Globe and Mail
, CBC, CTV, TSN, and newspapers and magazines around the world. Greg lives in Toronto with his family