Coaches & Exec


The Exec

The club exec, a mix of student and community members, provides overall leadership to the club and handles a lot of the behind the scene tasks, including budget planning, organizing workouts, facilitating events such as our Swim-Row-Go, social events and club races, and leading a variety of workouts among other tasks!

Rebecca Crosier – Co-President

Rebecca joined the triathlon club in 2014 and fell in love with the sport, but slightly more in love with the cycling component. She has competed in a few sprint triathlons, running races of various distances, and a cycling race in 2016.
She is currently in her 4th year of medical school and completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto as well.

Ask her about: General triathlon club questions, managing school and athletics, medicine or student life at U of T (I’ve been a student here for 8 years)!

 

 

 

Katie Wittmann-Co-President

Katie graduated from the Master of Science in Planning program at the University of Toronto, and enjoyed the Tri Club so much she never left! She currently works at the City of Toronto. Katie got her start in triathlons at Queen’s University, and loves the variety of the sport. She did her first marathon and Half-Ironman in 2016, and is ready to tackle the next big race. When she’s not training or socializing with the Tri Club, she’s most likely tossing a disc (“Frisbee”).

You can usually find Katie at early morning spins, evening runs (as the turtle on Thursdays), and Sunday swims.

Ask her about: opportunities for slower runs and bike rides, good races for beginners, commuter cycling

 

Alison Ytsma -Workout Leader  Wednesday Morning Bike 

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Alison has been a part of the triathlon club since 2011 when she decided to race her first triathlon. She has recently discovered a love for trail running and was part of the first all women relay team to run the whole Bruce Trail. You can find her at evening runs and leading morning spin classes.

Ask her about:  Traveling with your bike,  Ironman,  Ultra running, Trail running

 

 

 

 


Eric Okawara – Run Leader + Treasurer 

Eric joined the U of T Triathlon Club back in 2007.  He started running competitively back in 1993 and completed his first triathlon in 2003.  Having been part of the club for a decade has given him a chance to compete in various races including 4 Ironman Triathlons, 2 Ultra Marathons and 15 open marathons.  Eric’s goal is to finish all 6 of the world marathon majors.

Eric is almost always found at the Thursday night tempo run and sometimes at the Sunday swims.

Ask him about: How to use the triathlon club workouts as a part of a larger program.  How to build out a race calendar over years as a means of staying a member of the U of T Triathlon Club.  How you can become an executive and give back to the club.

 

 

Marina Bokovay – Bike Leader and New Member Support

Marina has been with the Tri Club since 2009. Although she considers herself a bit of a turtle, Marina has run over 20 marathons, several ultra-marathons and completed two Ironman triathlons.  This winter, Marina will be leading the Monday night spin. You can also typically find her at the swims and the Tuesday night interval run, where she’ll be bringing up the rear.Ask her about: Local races (both tris and runs) and staying motivated

 

 

 

Nate Walsh – Brick Leader and New Member Support

Nate joined the triathlon club in 2013 and has been racing non-stop ever since. His first love is running, but he has since embraced biking and even swimming (he’s an adult onset swimmer). He has completed 2 ironmans, 8 marathons (including Boston in 2016), and has a half ironman PB of 4:34.

You can usually find Nate leading the friday brick sessions.

Ask him about: How to run a faster 5k and how to sing better at karaoke.

 

 

Paulette Dalton –Bike Leader and Instagram Master

Paulette has been an enthusiastic member of the triathlon club (on & off) since 2007. She competed in her first sprint triathlon back in 2002 when she barely knew how to do the dog paddle swim. Since then she has found a love for long distance running and triathlon.

She has completed 7 Ironman Triathlons and over 20 Marathons (including The Boston Marathon 6 times). She is also gearing up to compete in the 70.3 World Championships.

She can usually be found leading Wednesday evening bike workouts.

Ask her about: Anything bike related (if she doesn’t know the answer, she can find out!)

Ryan Chan – University Race Series Coordinator

Ryan joined the club last summer in 2016 and quickly discovered a passion for the sport. He raced in his first sprint triathlon in Guelph followed by the Olympic triathlon in Wasaga. He also completed his first ever marathon at the Scotiabank Waterfront marathon last October. Ryan is currently studying Kinesiology at the University of Toronto as well as working as a personal trainer at the school.
Ask him about: How to get involved with the team as a new member.

 

 

 

Sayaka (otherwise known as Sai) Social Coordinator

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Say first got in to triathlons on a whim – “I swim and I run, so all I have to do is add a bike ride, right?”. She has never looked back and was fortunate enough to find great friends and training partners through the UofT Triathlon Club. Her motto is Work Hard, Play Hard – you will find her grinding it out at most practices but always up for some non-triathlon related fun!

Ask her about: your aches and injuries (a registered physiotherapist by day), core and general strengthening, shorter course racing like sprints and olympic-distance

 

 

Sierra Valeriano – Administrative Assistant

Sierra began triathlon in 2013 as a distance runner who had no idea how to swim and had never sat on a road bike before. Eight months later, she completed her first half Ironman, something she could not have even attempted without some amazing tri club friends to support her. She is now in her first year of law school at University of Toronto and will be attempting her first full Ironman. Tri clubs like U of T Triathlon are awesome for finding both life-long friends and dedicated athletes to push you to be your best. If you are thinking about joining triathlon and U of T Triathlon, no matter what your level of experience, I encourage you to come try it out. Hope to see you at practice!

Ask her about: Killer ab exercises and tips for balancing triathlon life with school/ work

 

COACHES  


Justin Duncan -Run Coach

pic1A former student-athlete from the University of Tulsa, Justin competed in Track Cross Country, and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and is a sport conditioning specialist.  Justin’s unique background allows him to apply his experience and knowledge of the structure and function of the body to his athletes in helping them achieve their personal fitness goals. When working with Justin, you can expect a challenging and progressive training design specific for the individual. His focus is on not only training hard, but also training smart. Injury prevention, sport specificity, and long-term development are all key components to Justin’s training.

Justin currently works at The Runners Academy (sports clinic for physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage, etc.) and has also worked/coached with many of Toronto’s top run clubs such as MB Performance, Pace & Mind, and Toronto Triathlon Club.

 

James San Pedro- Swim Coach

James has coached the U of T Triathlon Club Swims for nearly a decade, and brings seven years’ experience as a Junior-National Level competitive swimmer for the Arden Hills Aquatic Club in the US. Initially taking on the coaching role to help him complete his Bachelor’s Degree at U of T (Anthropology, Human Biology, and Physiology), he’s stuck around in hopes that being surrounded by positively inspiring, goal-oriented, and passionate people would encourage him to also find his own. By training with James, you will be empowered with tools to quantify your efforts, gain a distinct appreciation for proprioception, and ultimately, the ability to safely complete your swim leg with efficiency and grace. If you’re still reading this far, know that James also finds it strange to write in the third person, but sees it as a necessary evil in order to continue practicing his craft. He has most recently founded a youth multi-sport club in order to put his theories of movement, cultural inception, and education to practice.

 

 

 

Joshua Kahn– Swim Coach

Joshua is qualified as a certified personal trainer, swimming coach, and nutrition counsellor. He promotes comprehensive physical health habits that have been honed by over 20 years of experience in competitive and recreational athletics.