Nominees for Director-at-Large
Carol Lindholm, Calgary
I am an NCCP Community Triathlon Coach with an exemplary record of developing and delivering training programs to athletes of all abilities. Coaching experience spans 17 years with a personal involvement in the sport of 29 years. I have raced locally, nationally and internationally with top ranking results in my age-group category.
Passion is what drives me to teach, mentor and continue to participate in the sport. I maintain a broad vision for the young athletes, incorporating all aspects of their life into the life of sport. I coach with the highest regard, caring, and respect for the athletes knowing that training an athlete is an interchange of energies and learning. I see coaching as a calling, an art and a discipline I work hard to develop effective and successful coaching methodologies.
I have assisted the 3433 Triathlon Club as a leader in the endurance sports training industry through providing technical coaching expertise, advice, and feedback to the athletes and organization. I maintain a high level of knowledge to effectively prescribe training programs, testing administration and interpretation, and exceptional customer service. I hold an excellent track record of working independently but value the strength of a team.
I developed, implemented and instructed Triathlon Training Courses for the City of Calgary. Responsible for facilitating all aspects of the courses, assessment of participants and development of individual training programs. Developed "Learn to Run" and "Run Faster programs. Developed "kids" triathlon training programs.
I received the City of Calgary corporate award for 'Contribution to Customer Service and Exceeding Revenue Expectations'.
Ian Elm, Edmonton
Ian is a sports enthusiast who has been involved in the sport of triathlon for 18 years. Ian has been involved as an age group and athlete, a coach, a club director and race director.
Ian is an accomplished athlete and has been to 7 short distance world championship events, competed in 7 Ironmans, and a 70.3 world championship event. Ian has over 7 years as a club director and directed 7 triathlon events. Ian spent 7 years teaching high school and has 8 years working for the city as a firefighter.
Ian is always excited to help others reach their full potential and hopes that his experience and strengths will assist the board in making the ATA a better association.
Kendra Wilson, St. Albert
While not a triathlete herself, Kendra Wilson has lots of sporting experience as a former member of the Canadian Alpine Ski team, as well as through local, regional and international competitions. She has a keen interest in fostering the love of sports in kids and the many benefits and skills it teaches. With triathlon, Kendra admires the tenacity of the athletes and what she sees as a positive, healthy, inclusive, growing sport; one that she has learned through watching her children compete. She is passionate about helping young triathletes achieve their goals and dreams through proper athlete development.
Kendra is an experienced rehabilitation professional (18+years) who graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy. She is a clinical educator for the U of A and works at a busy St. Albert Sports injury clinic where she treats athletes young and old, recreational and professional. She actively volunteers for teams and with many community events including *Edmonton ITU international triathlon, *St. Albert Road Race, *St Albert Triathlon, *Kids of steel events, and many more. Kendra also volunteers every year in Ecuador with 'Operation Esperanza' where she does the rehabilitation for hip and knee replacement surgeries.
Kendra lives in St. Albert with her husband and four active children, where she can be seen at many gyms, fields, pools, tracks, and arenas throughout the community.
As a Board Member Kendra would bring her enthusiasm, positivity, hard work and a high level of sport knowledge to help the ATA in any way she can to inspire young triathletes to compete and achieve their best, and grow the sport of triathlon in Alberta.
Mark Fraser, St. Albert
Hello, my name is Mark Fraser and here is my short story about myself and my life in triathlon.
Growing up in Northern Alberta I was raised on hockey and baseball as that was pretty much all there was back then, and of course, riding a bike. I was able to play on several teams at the AA and AAA level but entering high school and realizing that I had less than a zero chance to make it to any higher levels in the sport I started to pursue other interests.
So this brings me to my triathlon career. It was actually a co-worker who convinced me to get into the sport. After several failed attempts to get something going in the pool, I resigned myself to competing in duathlons. It wasn’t until my same friend decided he was going to do Ironman in 2011 in Penticton which got me into the sport full on. I went to volunteer and watch the event. It wasn’t until I was at the finish chute watching my friend become an Ironman along with all of the other athletes that achieved the same feat, it was at that moment I knew that I wanted to have that same feeling. To achieve what they did. I was inspired and more motivated than ever to conquer that demon in the pool. Then I did my first full IM event less than a year later and I have been hooked ever since.
The reason I want to be on the board of the ATA is that I see it as another opportunity to give back to the sport that has changed my life in so many good ways and help it grow by promoting it and encouraging others to get into it. I also like to give back to the sport in this way by donating my time and energies to it. I volunteer during numerous races and events whenever I can. I have progressed to the point where I currently work for several Race Directors setting up their courses and helping with the logistics of the races themselves. I have worked for the ITU on several occasions, not only on the race itself but also doing race photography. I have learned so much about the sport itself and in how to run an event. All of this with the ultimate goal of perhaps running my own events one day where there may be a need.
I have just recently returned from IMAZ (Ironman Arizona) volunteering. I love talking to the athletes and finding out a bit of their journey in how they got to this point. I find it inspiring and as I said earlier that it is also a way of giving back. We all know that it would be impossible to hold events like this without the help of volunteers, especially one the size of Ironman. This past summer I spent two weeks in Penticton at the ITU Long Course Worlds as part of the crew who ran the event. It was a fantastic experience and as some of you may know if you are reading this I saw some of you there and watched you compete. That, of course, is the Heart of our sport. The brotherhood or sisterhood if you will. Knowing that we are all a little bit crazy, some more than others, like me and some of the rest of you. You know who you are. But we all get it. We all love it. It drives us, it inspires us. It, of course, makes us some of the fittest people on the planet, a nice little feather in our caps I think.
If you think what you just read qualifies me as a member of the board at the ATA then please give me your vote of confidence and I will do what I can to make our sport better and exciting for everyone who has an interest.
Michael Krisa, Calgary
Michael is a Professional Engineer who has been involved in triathlon for many years, having raced all over the world, and most recently having competed at the World Multisport Championships in Penticton in 2017. His other sporting interests include marathon running, swimming and water polo, while his 20+ years of community involvement consists of crisis counselling, food hamper deliveries, and race volunteering.
Drawing upon his extensive Human Resources and finance experience through his work in accounting and high tech, Michael would help the ATA to continue to work as a high performing organization by ensuring that policies and procedures are in place. Additionally, he would lend his expertise in helping to draw up strategic plans, and related financial and business plans.
Meryl Makinson, Fort McMurray
I have been involved in the sport of Triathlon since 2013. I was originally a competitive soccer and field hockey player during and after University. Upon moving to Fort McMurray, I was looking for way to supplement my cardio and meet new people. The triathlon club was recommended to me by my massage therapist. About the same time I joined the triathlon club I tore my ACL playing soccer – which meant all I could do for a few months was swim! After a few months I was able to start running and biking even with a torn ACL, and triathlon became my main gig while I waited for ACL surgery. Needless to say, I was hooked. I completed my first Sprint Triathlon 4 months after tearing my ACL, and my first half ironman 6 months later. I’ve never gone back to soccer.
I’ve completed three 70.3’s (Panama, St. Croix, and GWN) and a few sprint races, and competed in the ITU Long Distance Championships in Penticton in 2017. I have become very involved in the triathlon community in Alberta – I am a provincial level technical official, and was the Triathlon Sport Chair for the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games in Wood Buffalo. I have also been involved with the Board of Directors for the Northern Lights Triathlon Club for three years now. The triathlon club in Fort McMurray has had a major positive impact on my quality of life. I moved here alone, and the first six months were difficult without a support network of family and friends. As soon as I found the club, the triathlon community became my family. In this community I have found trusted friends as well as training partners. I have worked hard over the last three years to make our local club accessible to other people in Fort McMurray who are in need of a family of supportive athletes. The best part about our club is the sense of community and comradery – socializing is a part of our weekly workouts! For me, the triathlon club in Fort McMurray drastically changed my experience of living here, and I always strive to share that opportunity with others.
I am continually inspired by triathletes – mere humans that can achieve incredible things. I believe triathlon is a sport that can change someone’s life. It is a sport that you can learn at any age and still be successful. I like that it is accessible to people of all ages and abilities – this is what allows us to build great diverse communities! Triathlon has the great benefit of being both an individual sport, as well as a team sport where we can inspire and motivate one another.
The reason I am applying for a position with the ATA is because of the impact triathlon has had on my life. Without triathlon, I would not be the person I am today – both physically and mentally. I have grown as a person so much because of triathlon, and I would hope to share that with as many people as possible.
Michael Orsini, Medicine Hat
Athletics has always been apart of my life. Late in 2014, I decided to start training for a triathlon. Having never been one for swimming it was definitely challenging but I was committed and excited at the prospect of completing my first event. I’ve completed several triathlons to date, completing two 70.3 Ironman events in 2016 and finished the year ranked 18th in the country in my age group through Ironman’s All World Athlete program.
I absolutely love the community, the camaraderie, and the sport of triathlon. I’m looking to completing an Ironman in the next year or two and continue competing in the sport at various distances. I’ve been volunteering as a fitness instructor at the local YMCA for over a year. I’ve been working in financial services for the past few years but am considering going back to school for kinesiology so I can combine my love for triathlon with a professional designation, and devote as much time as possible to exercise and triathlon.
I am definitely looking to introduce and grow the sport within my community and am looking to contribute to any aspect of this absolutely fantastic sport.
Nick Ward, Edmonton
Nick has been involved with triathlon since 2012, he has competed in numerous races in the province, has raced at the Age Group Sprint Worlds twice, and is currently training for his first 70.3 event in 2018.
His background is Supply Chain Operations Management and is currently IT Project Manager for Canada for an international industrial gas supplier.
Seeing the incredible amount of work it takes to stage triathlon events throughout the province, in Canada, and around the world, I thought it was time to volunteer with ATA to give back to the triathlon community, and to help foster a safe and inclusive environment for all those who wish to participate in the sport of Triathlon.