by Marcy Cornblum, Special to QMI Agency
He has a Ph.D. in physiology and is an assistant scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children. The scientist and researcher recently released his first book titled Superbodies, Peak Performance Secrets from the World’s Best Athletes.
Wells describes himself “as a pretty intense kid” who became a competitive swimmer at age 10. At age 15, he had a horrific swimming accident, followed by 14 months that included neurosurgery on his broken neck and extensive rehabilitation, That life-changing experience however became the foundation for his interest in medical physiology and training and then onto a career in kinesiology and physiology.
His first exposure to the Olympics came in 1992 at Barcelona. “I was there to help — even carrying cables.” He was honoured when he was chosen to be the sports science analyst for the Canadian Olympic Broadcast Consortium for the 2010 Winter and 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
Wells loves the rush of being on camera with a microphone in his hands. “My goal was to present scientific information that was understandable and entertaining.” The best part of his job is “spending time with great children and athletes. I’m delighted that the book is having an impact on people.”
Wells knows how difficult it is to stay positive and never give up. “My philosophy has always been to think, act, and feel the way you want things to be.” He is currently developing a research program at the Hospital for Sick Children called Exercise Medicine, which uses exercise to diagnose and treat chronic diseases in children, and is also setting up a new high performance research laboratory at the University of Toronto. “But most importantly, I want to be spending more time with my wife and daughter.”
Wells invited Celebrity Spaces into his home.
Q: How would you describe your home in a few words?
A: A work in progress.
Q: Tell us about your home.
A: My home is located in the Beaches (Toronto). The house is 104-years-old and it is 3,000 square feet. It is located close to the water and the backyard opens onto a park. Currently my family and I, live on the main floor. The top two floors are rented out. We are planning to completely renovate the space and turn it into a single family dwelling. The basement will have a fitness room, den and kids play room. The kitchen will have bacterial resistant counters and colours for improving eating. There will be water filtration at all drinking points and all showers/bath units.
Q: What attracted you to this space?
A: The environment is conducive to physical activity and health. It is energizing and quiet.
Q: Who shares this home?
A: My wife Judith, our daughter Ingrid and Mickey the black cat. He is loving towards my wife, plays with me and is very wary of my daughter.
Q: What is your favourite room and why?
A: The front porch because the environment calms you down.
Q: How would you describe your decorating style?
A: An interesting situation. The colours throughout are browns and beiges with some hardwood. After the renovation it will be transformed into a health home. It will be our centre for a healthy lifestyle. My wife is a great cook. My daughter loves it when I prepare my pasta dish for her.
Q: What is your fondest memory in this home?
A: Seeing my daughter’s reaction the first time we visited the property. She was so happy and comfortable. She immediately went to explore.
Q: What’s the one item in this house you can’t live without?
A: First I’d say my family. Secondly, we all love music and have invested in a superb sound system.
Q: Weekends at home, what are we most likely to find you doing?
A: Enjoying walks throughout the neighbourhood. My family is happiest when we our outside doing things, getting fresh air and exercising.
Q: If your walls could talk, what would they say?
A: “It’s been a tough year for everyone. They worked really hard, supported each other and got through it.”
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