CATAPULT Staff and Coaches

CATAPULT is a 100% volunteer run organization.  From our founding leadership, to our day of event staff, everyone who works with CATAPULT is here to support our mission with zero administrative costs added to our bottom line.  We appreciate everyone who makes our org a success and encourage you to learn about our staff and coaches via the profiles below! 


 
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Jarrett Hubert, CATAPULT CEO & Co-Founder/sighted guide/athlete coach

Jarrett is the co-founder of CATAPULT and currently serves the organization as CEO and Chair of the Board.  He is involved in the daily business of CATAPULT responsible for the strategic growth of the organization including: programming, athlete recruitment, marketing, donor relations and business development.  Jarrett also serves as a sighted guide for CATAPULT athletes with over 5 years experience in guiding novice and elite visually impaired athletes.  His GUIDE resume includes completion of three IRONMAN events, two half IRONMAN events, four marathons and numerous sprint & Olympic triathlons as a sighted guide for CATAPULT and other organizations serving PC athletes.  Jarrett also coaches numerous CATAPULT workouts during the week including the weekly track session, Saturday long runs and tandem clinics.  

 
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Chris McClendon, CATAPULT PRESIDENT & Co-Founder/sighted guide/athlete coach

Chris is the co-founder and President of CATAPULT and currently sits as a Director on the Board.  Chris has been involved in the Houston running & triathlon community since 2010, most notably helping raise funds for TEAM in Training, a branch of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and for his involvement with the JSC & SBS Triathlon Club by serving as the clubs Vice President from 2013-2016.  Chris began volunteering as a sighted guide in 2015 and guided an elite Para triathlete in the Pan American Championships in Monterrey Mexico and again in Rio de Janeiro at the 2015 Olympic & Paralympic Test Event for the Rio 2016 games. Chris’s has additionally served as a guide for the Boston Marathon, Houston Marathon, The Woodlands Marathon and the Sylvan Beach Triathlon.  Since inception, Chris has been involved in the daily business of CATAPULT serving as the organization’s President. He has been responsible for community outreach, programming, athlete recruitment, marketing, donor relations and business development. Chris also coaches CATAPULT workouts during the week and on the weekend.

 
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Coach David Shepard

David has been running for over 15 years. He has completed several half marathons and marathons, including The Boston Marathon. Four years ago he started his journey into triathlon and has since finished one Half Iron and three Ironman distance races. David began practicing with Catapult in December of 2016. He practices weekly with the team and has guided in the 2017 Houston Chevron Marathon. He continues to show support as he volunteers at various local races and looks forward to guiding PC athletes in future events.

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Coach Alison Fowler

Alison Fowler is an avid runner and triathlete. She has been running for over 10 years and competed in triathlons for over 5 years. Her running achievements include over 50 marathons, including The Boston Marathon and over a dozen ultramarathons where Alison’s favorite is the 50 mile distance. She has also finished 15 full Ironman Triathlons and numerous half IRONMAN races including most recently IM 70.3 World Championship 2016. Alison is currently training for her first Ultraman in 2018. Most importantly, Alison has been a guide for visually impaired athletes for over 5 years and loves nothing more than getting the opportunity to train with Team Catapult!

 
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Coach Claudio Bravo

Claudio Bravo, originally from Chile, grew up in the track and field environment, especially running 100m, 200m, long jump, and 4x100 relays making it all the way to high school nationals.  In 2011, Triathlon was introduced to his life watching a video of double amputee Ironman World Champion Finisher Scott Risgby.  Inspired by Scott, Triathlon and endurance sports have become his passion and a life changing at every level.   Claudio’s achievements include 5 half marathons and 4 marathons finishers, numerous triathlon, including 8 half Ironman and 2 full Ironman finishers.  In 2016 he learned about team Catapult and decided to joint as a volunteer and guide for PC athletes.   Claudio is looking to add to his list of achievements his 1st ultra-running distance by end of 2017.

 
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ayumi shinozaki, athlete GUIDE

Ayumi started running in 2016 and has completed one full marathon and several half marathons. She began practicing with Catapult in early 2017 and became a guide for the first time. While Ayumi enjoys running and racing, more importantly, she loves giving back to the running community. She appreciates the opportunity to get involved with like-minded individuals, all seeking to achieve their own goals, while remaining part of a tight-knit team. Ayumi participated in the 2017 Texas Independence Relay as part of Team Catapult and looks forward to continued involvement with the organization.