Meet the Team
Founder, Personal Trainer, Coach
Morgan grew up active in sports and specialized in tennis early on. Her tennis career culminated in an NCAA scholarship in 2007 but she eventually decided to return home to Vancouver Island and rebuild her body from all the wear and tear it had undergone in her teens.
She became certified as a fitness instructor and quickly thereafter a weightlifting instructor and advanced personal trainer. She is a level 2 Crossfit trainer and Agatsu Level 1 trainer. Now living in the Comox Valley, Morgan specializes in safe and technical movement patterns to ensure her clients are always moving forward towards their strength and health goals.
She has taught Crossfit, kettlebells, functional fitness, mobility, coordination and even sport specific workouts for local athletes.
In 2017 and 2018, she was voted finalist for the Comox Valley Record's Best Personal Trainer in the valley. In 2019, she WON Best Personal Trainer and Wild + United was voted Best New Business and finalist for Best Gym.
Co-Founder, Marketing, Mr. Community
Erik grew up in The Netherlands and, in 2012, came to Courtenay to complete his university thesis for his Bachelor's degree in Business/Commerce, General Sport Management and Business. After living in Europe for 2 years with Morgan, they decided to settle in BC.
Erik is now a permanent resident of Canada (yay!) and currently working for Engel & Volkers in Courtenay in addition to co-managing Wild & United Athletics. Erik also works as a ski instructor for Mt Washington and Mt Cain.
Group Fitness Trainer, Competing Power Lifter + Social Media Specialist
Zara has lived in the Comox Valley for 6 years, moving here with her family in 2013. Her favourite place in the Valley is the Goose Spit stairs and you will frequently catch her running the steps in any weather. (She actually prefers running them in the rain. Saying “It helps with my mental toughness”.)
Zara was introduced to Crossfit in 2016, which led her to Olympic weight lifting where she joined a team and qualified for Junior Canadian Nationals in 2018. Zara decided to take a break from competitive weight lifting to focus on her mental training. She picked up the sport of powerlifting shortly after and never looked back. In 2019 she attended the World Powerlifting Championships and won GOLD in her weight class for juniors and women's open! She also set 7 Canadian records!
Zara’s passion for movement and strength inspired her to become a coach to help others live their best lives. Zara loves supporting others in their own fitness journey!
Favourite class at W+U is: Strong and United. (Because she gets to deadlift)
Coach, Personal Trainer, Pre & Post Natal Fitness Specialist
As a personal trainer and outdoor enthusiast, Jen’s passion is empowering and inspiring her clients to be strong and able for the activities they love most. Whether that be day-to-day life, playing with your kids, or outdoor adventures! Exercise isn’t just about lifting weights; it’s about quality of life.
Jen loves working with new & soon-to-be mommas! As a Pre & Post Natal Fitness Specialist Jen’s approach is about adapting and creatively managing the new needs and abilities of your body with programming designed with purpose, individuality, and care. Jen will carefully consider the risk versus reward of movements, symptom management, and your long-term goals relative to your readiness. She specializes in safely exercising with Diastasis Recti, Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, and other various injuries.
Jen offers one-on-one training, group classes, and Movement for Momma’s specialty classes.
Coach, Personal Trainer
Brumby Berge hails from Australia and is happy to call Canada home! She has a passion for helping people live a life free of limitations.
Brumby trained as a Personal Trainer Health Consultant and Life Coach in Australia for over ten years, specializing in one on one coaching, weight loss, strength training and run coaching.
Brumby is a strength coach. Focusing on the importance of mobility and functional movements for life!
Additionally she brings a holistic approach to training with a focus on personal development. Specialising in balancing out the nervous system and patterns of unserving behaviours.
Brumby’s current hobbies lie in the forest running trails, mountain biking, rock climbing, snowboarding and backpacking. She is also a fan of Qi Gong, Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Bengal Spice tea!
TRX Instructor & co-owner of Pace Multisport
Leanne is a highly experienced, incredibly motivated triathlon and multisport coach based in the Comox Valley. Although she came to the sport later in life, she says she couldn’t imagine life without it!
Leanne is an IRONMAN & Triathlon Certified Coach and specializes in working with adult athletes who want to take on a new challenge or push themselves that extra distance. It’s her passion for triathlon, and the relationships she builds with her athletes, that truly sets her apart from other multisport coaches.
Leanne has worked as a Recreation Therapist since 1995 and has also worked in the mental health field. Here in the Comox Valley, she’s also well known as an enthusiastic spin and TRX instructor.
At Wild + United, Leanne teaches a killer TRX class!
Certified Personal Trainer + Coach
Rosie was born and raised in the Comox Valley. She was brought up in an active family and had an early appreciation for the outdoors, sport, and movement. Growing up, Rosie played any sport she could including soccer, hockey, basketball, and was an avid downhill skier.
Rosie struggled with anxiety and depression starting around 10 years old. Fitness and nutrition became an outlet for her and allowed her a way to take control of her mental health proactively. She is passionate about creating that space for everyone and making fitness a fun and accessible outlet for all skill levels.
Rosie’s favourite spots in the Comox Valley are Seal Bay Park, the Goose Spit Stairs, Airforce Beach and Barbers Hole. She enjoys anything outdoors, including trail running, beach walks, hiking. She also loves ‘healthifying’ traditionally unhealthy meals and making them delicious!
Holistic Nutritionist, Chinese Med Specialist, Certified Acupuncturist
Matt completed his education in Victoria, BC at Pacific Rim College, a leading school of natural medicine in North America. After completing his studies, he remained at the college as a faculty member, teaching courses in Chinese diet therapy and ethics. With the arrival of their son earlier this year, Matt & Claire decided it was time to move closer to the outdoor lifestyle that they craved, and the Comox Valley was the perfect fit!
Matt practices acupuncture at Inner Strength Acupuncture & Health and The Joint Physiotherapy. At Wild + United, Matt teaches our United by Food class and offers nutrition support to our community.
BA, RMT & FRCms Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist
Originally from England not Australia (that’s Brumby). I moved to Canada in 2008 for one ski season and never left. I am a recent economic refugee to the valley from Vancouver’s skyrocketing housing and unaffordability! Jokes aside I really moved here for the lifestyle and abundance of outdoor activities and I can’t think of a better place to raise our family than in the Comox Valley.
I grew up playing a variety of sports and played at a competitive level in Hockey (field), cricket and rugby (very British!). I now enjoy outdoor pursuits; in the winter downhill skiing and backcountry skiing, in the summer months I like being on the water kayaking and canoeing and year round I enjoy trail running (I completed my first Ultra marathon in 2018 and decided to name my first born after it).
Thom has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2012. He has a very clinical based practice. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort or want to improve your performance feel free to chat to him or book in!
Comox Valley Kettlebell Club Coach
Long, long ago in a place far, far away (Moose Jaw SK) a bundle of joy came into the world! Yes that was me. I was a regular kid who participated in many sports growing up. Fast forward many years and I saw these “kettleball” things in the gym around 2008. Played around with them, but had no clue how or why to use them. Upon retiring in 2010 and moving to Ottawa; I found a kettlebell instructor, armed at least with the correct name now. I could not believe how crushing the workouts with these things were! I had to know more. So I trained more & more with my kettlebell group in Ottawa. I went on to attend many courses, certifications and training camps. Started with “hard style” but slowly moving to the sport side of the kettlebell world.
Learning from many of the Russian masters and continuing to train, in 2012 I began competing in Girevoy Sport (GS or kettlebell sport). I’ve had successes and failures, but it has been an educational journey along the way. At last in 2015 my better half also retired and after 18 years of planning to move to the Comox Valley, we finally made it!!
I built a fantastic gym in my second garage, but training by myself was boring. I looked at all the gyms in the area and picked one. Luckily I picked the right one! There I met Laura & Morgan. Laura is still trying to make me move better. Then the Perfect Storm happened - Morgan opening Wild + United, at the same time some others got interested in GS, kettlebell sport!!
So began my foray in GS coaching. Kettlebell sport is a fantastic thing, very challenging, but has introduced me to many wonderful people from all over the world. My hope is to get more people started in this sport and help them along the way to great adventures and improved physical performance.
Yin Yoga Instructor + Mindfulness Coach