About Triathlon Canada

About Triathlon Saskatchewan

Triathlon Saskatchewan is the provincial multisport governing body.  We provide leadership and governance to foster a safe, fair and enjoyable multiport experience.  We support the development of Saskatchewan triathlon, duathlon and multisport athletes from novice to high performance through coaching education, officials training and club and membership development.

Mission Statement: To support the development of Saskatchewan triathlon, duathlon and multisport athletes from novice to high performance through coaching education, officials training and club and membership development.

Vision Statement: Provide opportunities for members to be successful in multisport activities.

Board members

 


Yvonne Harrison

President

Yvonne D. Cafik (formerly Harrison) PhD is a social scientist who has held nonprofit leadership and public management tenure track, term, clinical and adjunct appointments in teaching and research-intensive universities in the USA and Canada, including the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA where she teaches courses in nonprofit leadership and governance as clinical faculty.  Dr. Cafik is Founder of Board Checkup, Self-Assessment Software Services Inc., a Canadian software as a service (SaaS) company being incubated in the Conexus Cultivator in Regina, Saskatchewan to help nonprofit boards of directors around the world improve leadership and governance through the practice of online performance assessment.  An active leadership volunteer herself, Dr. Cafik also serves on the board of Baby-Friendly USA as Chair of the Governance Committee. She is a proud UVic alum with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Public Administration and Ph.D. in Public Administration all from the Faculty of Human and Social Development. She is co-author of the 2014 SUNY Open Textbook, Guidelines for Improving the Effectiveness of Boards of Directors of Nonprofit Organizations, academic peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, research reports, and other publications. Yvonne is an active member of the Sask Triathlon and running community. In 2022, she will be running the 126th Boston Marathon, competing for Canada in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Montreal in June, and participating in Ironman Canada in August 2022.     

Mark Nagy

Vice President

I am from Prince Albert and have lived here almost all my life. I have been in the construction industry for the last 38 years. I have been married since 1987, and have three children and one grandchild.

I watched the Frank Dunn Triathlon in 1986 and decided that I could do it, there were a few people that I knew competing. So that winter I taught myself to swim, which was no easy task.

So in the summer of 1987, drove to compete in the Weyburn Triathlon, hoping that I would not know anybody! This is where I met a Saskatchewan Triathlon legend in Don Gallo. I finished that race and absolutely fell in love with this sport. Also completed my first Frank Dunn a couple of weeks later, had to stop with bike problems several times, but able to get it Dunn. For the next 14 years, I competed in sprints, and Olympic distant races, as well as took over as Race Director of the Fran Dunn in 1991, and to this day continue to be Race Director. About this time we started the PA Tri Club, I am the only original member to still be involved. In 2000 I competed in my first Half Ironman in Stoney Plain, to date I have completed 29 Half Distance races. The next year in 2001 I completed my first Ironman Canada, which I continued to do for 11 consecutive years. I also competed in the Challenge series in Penticton, as well as Ironman Florida, Chattanooga, Arizona, and Mont Tremblant. I am looking forward to competing this August in Penticton for my 18th Ironman. I am in my second stint with the Sask Tri-Board, served for a few years in the early 90s and have been on the board for the last 10 years. Really looking forward to what this Board can accomplish and happy with the direction we are heading in!!!


Drew Nowlan

Clubs & Membership Committee Chair

I’m a Saskatchewan transplant, originally from Ontario. I got my start in endurance sports in with a full marathon here in Regina a few years back and I’ve been hooked ever since. My first venture into triathlons came a few years a later mostly participating in sprint distances. As someone still relatively new to the sport, I can bring a fresh perspective of a new triathlete looking to get active within the triathlon community.


 

Rick Warawa

Rick has been active in endurance sports for over 20 years completing in running and triathlon events including representing Team Canada at the 2019 ITU Multisport World Championship in Pontevedra, Spain.  Professionally he brings over 25 years of financial services industry.  Currently Rick holds the position of Director, Wealth Strategies at Affinity Credit Union.  At home Rick’s family includes his wife and two children who are active in swim/bike/run community. Being part of the triathlon community is a lifestyle which includes spending time life with family and friends in the sport


 

Peter Mason

Youth Committee Chair

I am married with 2 children ages 16 and 14. Both of my kids are accomplished triathletes. As a family we have been active in the triathlon community for a number of years with both children competing in KOS, Living Sky, Echo Lake, BGMI and many out of province Triathlons. Due to the kids interest I have become more involved and have been participating myself, competing in Living Sky triathlon and Bridge City Duathlon . I am a firm believer in Sport for life and am aiming to instil healthy living in my children with leading by example.


 

Staff

Chris Gdanski

Executive Director

Triathlon is truly a life sport. Chris has been involved with the sport for over three decades. Chris volunteered on his 1st Triathlon in 1986. For the next 8 years Chris spent his summers working on a triathlon series. In 1995 Chris became the race director for Ironman Canada, the premier triathlon event in the entire country.   For the next 11 years Chris worked for Ironman North America expanding the Ironman footprint throughout continental North America. After 20 years working on triathlon Chris took a break from the sport.

In 2015 Chris returned to the sport as the Executive Director of Triathlon Saskatchewan.

Chris is married to long time (and overachieving) triathlete Jackie Hatherly. They have 2 daughters Sydney and Maddie. Chris has participated in events for the past 30 years, everything from sprint triathlon all the way up to the Ironman distance, and everything in between.


Brendan Mackenzie

Head Coach

Brendan began coaching triathlon in 2011 when he coached the Level 10 Lightning Triathlon Team. In 2013 Brendan became the Regina Multisport Head Coach. In 2015 he became an assistant coach with Triathlon Saskatchewan. In January of 2018 Brendan became the Head Coach of Triathlon Saskatchewan.

Brendan is married to wife Nicole and has two daughters Lily and Ruby.

Brendan graduated from the University of Regina in 2005. Upon graduation, Brendan started with Level 10 as a personal trainer as well as a strength and conditioning coach.

In addition, Brendan is also an accomplished triathlete himself. He has seen success over the years and continues to perform at a high level.

Triathlon Saskatchewan is elated to have Brendan as Head Coach.

History

In the Winter of 1985, Don Gallo, Founding President of the Saskatchewan Triathlon Association Corporation issued our first newsletter. This newsletter’s opening paragraph provides an excellent summary of the beginnings of STAC:

Saskatchewan Triathlon Association Corporation (STAC) was conceived May 5th, 1985 during the Vancouver Marathon.  It was in that race that I met Glen Morrison, the president of United Triathletes of British Columbia (UTBC).  Glen encouraged me to start an organization and gave me names of people in Saskatchewan who were interested in developing the sport of triathlon.  This ‘push’, and my personal feeling that information about triathlons  in our province and other provinces was not readily available, prompted me to incorporate in August 1985.

– Don Gallo

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