About Triathlon Prince Edward Island
Triathlon PEI is the provincial sport governing body, dedicated to the growth, development and promotion of triathlon, duathlon, aquathon and winter triathlon in Prince Edward Island. Triathlon PEI is committed to fostering health and wellness through the sport of triathlon (swimming, cycling and running) for all athletes, regardless of skill or age.
One of our key goals is maximizing participation in Triathlon and multisport activities from youth and grass roots to elite levels in Prince Edward Island. We believe this will be an exceptional year as we have numerous development programs, a race series and events for all ages.
What we do
Triathlon PEI helps to build triathlon and multisport activities through:
- Sanctioning races to ensure they are designed to be safe and fair for athletes
- Obtaining liability insurance for the protection of all athletes, race directors, volunteer and officials at all sanctioned races and activities
- Sanctioning clubs
- Encouraging growth and development of the sport
- Training and certifying officials so that sanctioned races will be conducted in a fair and safe manner
- Supporting NCCP coaching training and certification programs so that there are sufficient community and high-performance coaches available in the province
- Encouraging athlete development, especially at the youth and junior level, for inter-provincial level competitions such as the Canada Games
- Building triathlon membership
Board of Directors
Empty | President
We are currently seeking a President to help lead Triathlon PEI. Please contact us if you are interested in serving in this important role.
Javier Sanchez | Vice President
Javier Sanchez, originally from Argentina, moved to Canada in 1999 to experience the Canadian winter!. He lives in Cornwall, with his wife and three kids…and Rosco (the dog!). He is a veterinarian and works at the Atlantic Veterinary College. He loves sports and outdoor activities, he started doing triathlons four years ago and last year he completed his first half ironman in less than 6 hours!!
Daniel Zhang | Treasurer
Daniel Zhang is originally from China. He moved to PEI with his family in April of 2019. He is a CPA with many years of experience in finance who is currently working in the finance department of one of PEI’s municipalities. He has enjoyed participating in running and swimming races for a number of years, but made his first foray into triathlon at Tri PEI’s 2019 Tri-Lobster in Summerside. He decided to volunteer for the board in 2020 after seeing the contributions of volunteers at our youth events in which his daughter was a participant.
Christine Thibaudier-Ness | Secretary
Dedicated to spending as much of her free time outside and enjoying the outdoors, Christine Thibaudier-Ness is fairly new to the sports of triathlon, cycling and long-distance running. She is convinced that anyone can be involved in multi-sports, no matter the age and the pursuit. A firm believer in the philosophy of friendship, support, dedication and respect promoted by TriPEI, Christine is proud to be able to serve on the board. Before joining the association and the sport, she was an avid long-distance rider. When she is not involved in a physical activity, Christine enjoys reading, writing and painting. She runs the DELF center for the province of Prince Edward Island, gives workshops and is a sessional instructor at the University of Prince Edward Island.
Alexandra Keedwell | Member at large
Allie Keedwell has participated in distance running and triathlon for several years. She also cheers from the sidelines, as she supports her children in their sporting activities: hockey, competitive swimming, running, triathlon, and alpine ski racing. She believes deeply in the value of living an active life. She has served on the board of the Charlottetown Bluephin Aquatic Club and is a regional director on the PEIHSF board. She teaches English in the Adult Education program at Holland College and lives in Charlottetown with her husband, Dave, and their three children.
Cheryl Tanton | Member at large
Cheryl has been involved with triathlon for a number of years at both the local and national level. As a competitor, she has completed races of various distances in triathlon, biking, paddling, and ‘adventure’ racing. As an official and race director, she has volunteered countless hours of her time toward the success of many of Tri PEI’s races. She was the race director when PEI hosted the 2008 junior national test event for triathlon’s first appearance in the Canada Games in 2009. She has also helped to organize triathlons for schools. She has been a physical education and health teacher in the public education sector for more than 30 years, teaching all grade levels, writing provincial high school education and leadership curricula, and coaching a variety of sports. She is currently the physical education teacher at Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetown. She has two fantastic adult sons.
Andrea Morrison | Member at large
Andrea became interested in triathlon many years ago while training as a cross country ski racer in Nova Scotia. She remains active as a cross country ski coach with Cross Country PEI. Andrea taught internationally for many years and is now teaching here on the island. She has a keen interest in seeing youth pursue the sport of triathlon. She believes her links with cross country skiing and biathlon can strengthen the development as the sports allow for the opportunity to cross train throughout the year.
Vanessa MacKinnon | Executive Director
Vanessa grew up in Stratford PEI. She was a member of the provincial table tennis team but moved “away” to attend Yale University in the US, where she competed as a member of the varsity golf team. After graduation, she spent a decade working in the golf industry where she was a golf instructor/coach and set up/ran golf outings and tournaments. She later earned her Doctorate in Sport Management and Sport Leadership, where her research focused on improving coaching and participation programs for female golfers. For nine years, she was a professor of Sport Studies and Golf Management at California University of Pennsylvania, where she earned both tenure and promotion. In 2018, she returned to PEI where she now works as an English teacher for international students at a private language academy in Charlottetown. In 2015, she conquered a ‘bucket list’ item of completing a full distance triathlon. She now competes recreationally in 1-2 supersprint or sprint triathlons per year and represents Canada at an international level in the sport of indoor rowing.
TriPEI is currently recruiting volunteers to be trained and serve as officials at sanctioned events. TriPEI also supports the organizers of sanctioned events in recruiting volunteers to assist in hosting their events in a range of categories – course marshals, lifeguards, setup and take down, and many other activities. Many events need volunteers on organizing committees to ensure events can take place. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering in any capacity.
Canada Games Coach – William “Bill” Calhoun
Mr.Calhoun’s coaching highlights include:
Head Coach of the 2013 PEI Canada Games Swimming Team
25 years coaching experience
NCCP Level 3 Swimming Coach
In training for Triathlon Specific coaching credentials
Coach of record of Provincial, National and International medalists
Canada Games Manager – Jennifer “Jenn” Runge
Jennifer Runge was first introduced to Triathlon through her daughter participating in a Kids of Steel event. She has slowly learned about the sport as her daughter progressed from kids of steel to Super Sprint to Sprint triathlons. She also is the cheering section and chauffeur for her 2 children at Bluephins swimming, cross country, mountain biking, and biathlon. When she isn’t driving to meets or practices she enjoys the outdoors by hiking, snowshoeing and camping. She works at Maximus Canada-Deltaware Division as a Business Analyst.
Soon to come.
Triathlon Prince Edward Island. We can. We will.