When Aaron Coutts graduated from Midland Secondary School in 1995, little did he know he’d return to the Hugel Avenue educational facility as a teacher not long there-after. Aaron competed in a wide variety of sports while at MSS including cross-country running, basketball, Nordic skiing, tennis, track, volleyball and wrestling.
He was an Ontario Federation Secondary School Athletics (OFSSA) competitor in wrestling for four of his five years and he qualified for other OFSSA competitions in volleyball, track, cross-country running as well. In 1995, Aaron was selected senior male athlete at MSS. During his university athletic period, Aaron first attended RMC, competing in both cross-country running and track at the varsity level.
He moved onto Lakehead University where he once again competed in varsity cross-country and wrestling. In cross-country, he was a member of the team that competed in the CIS Championships in 2000. His wrestling career was highlighted with an OUAA championship and he placed third in the CIS championship that same year. He was named Lakehead University’s Athlete of the Year in both 2000 and 2001, and was awarded the Dean Braun Award for the top graduate in his class of 2000.
Since leaving university, Aaron continues to compete on an elite level in mountain bike racing, triathlons and adventure racing with the following successes; Triathlon: Magog 1997, won age group; Midland 2002 and 2003, won age group; Midland 2005, placed second, Guelph 2004 and 2005 Xterra Off Road Race, won. Duathlon: St. Jean, 1997, placed second. Mountain Biking: Mansfield Team 24-Hour 2004 and 2005, first Place; Hardwood Hills Team 24-Hour 2003, third place; 24- Hours of Adrenalin 2002 and 2003, first Place.
Adventure Racing: Solomon Series Minden 2003, first place; 24-Hour Canadian Adventure Race Haliburton 2003, first place; Enduro Extreme Collingwood 2003, first place; Canadian Enduro Extreme Hardwood Hills, first place; Bark Lake Co-ed Adventure Race 2005 first place. Nordic Skiing: Canadian Ski Marathons, Quebec 2002, bronze medal; 2003, silver medal and 2004, gold medal. Now a teacher at his alma mater, MSS, he continues to contribute to high school athletics by coaching the cross-country running, basketball and track.