A three-time winner of a Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Award, Peter Lawless has been involved in High Performance sport for 25 years in the sports of sailing, athletics and cycling.
Peter has been a staff coach with Team Canada at the UCI Paracycling World Championships and several World Cups. He has also been a staff coach with Athletics Canada at various events including IPC Athletics World Championships. Peter’s athletes have had remarkable success including breaking 27 World Records in athletics and winning over a dozen Paralympic or World Championships medals in both cycling and athletics. While predominately a coach of Paralympic athletes Peter also coaches high performance able-bodied athletes including the highest placed Canadian finisher at the 2011 World Junior Championships (cycling).
Beyond direct coaching, Peter is the President of Coaches of Canada and sits on the Board of Directors of both the Pacific Institute of Sports Excellence and Cycling BC. Peter also serves as the President of Tripleshot Cycling, one of the largest cycling clubs in BC and is one of the organizers of a large (100+ rider) charity ride which has raised almost $100,000 for cancer research.
In his professional life Peter is a lawyer with an extensive sport related practice. Peter has appeared as counsel before the International Court of Arbitration for Sport centered in Lausanne, Switzerland and has served as the Chief Arbitrator for a variety of national level sports disputes. Peter often appears as counsel before the Sports Dispute Resolution Center of Canada and, in addition, regularly teaches Sports Law at Camosun College and is often called upon to speak to various sports groups and organizations about legal matters, and more importantly, how to stay out of legal trouble. Peter’s broad experience with a wide range of litigation matters has seen him act for clients in matters before all levels of court in British Columbia as well as the Federal Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, U.S. District Court in California and the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
Peter lives in Victoria, BC with his wife Karen, a 2004 Paralympian in Athletics.