Directors & Club Staff 2019

Toronto Triathlon directors and club staff are a group of passionate triathletes who volunteer their time to help develop the sport of triathlon in the Greater Toronto Area. Want to join the board, lead a group ride or help the community? See how you can get involved.

Board of Directors

Club Staff

Board of Directors

President: Brenda Santos

Role, duties and expectations  

What I love most about triathlon:

Even though triathletes tend to be Type-A and competitive, they are also some of the kindest people I know, and are always willing to help each other out.

When you see me, talk to me about…

My first triathlon experience. Even though it wasn't the most pleasant experience for me (at the time), I learned many lessons during, and leading up to the race. I hope to share these, especially with those just getting into the sport.

I am most proud of (so far):

Completing my doctoral degree. Talk about a test of endurance! During that time one of my students was a World Duathlon Champion. She is now one of the top professionals in the 70.3 circuit. I guess triathlon was always in my cards!

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VP - Strategy: Anna Szirmak

Role, duties and expectations  

What I love most about triathlon:

The opportunity to challenge yourself to do things you never thought you could - and the sense of accomplishment that comes with that!

When you see me, talk to me about…

What feedback you have on the club and how we can continue to improve... And your favorite podcasts, recipes, and local races.

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VP - Membership Experience: Sara Tomenson

Role, duties and expectations  

What I love most about triathlon:

I love the comradery and the social aspect of the sport, and having that sense of community. The multisport discipline, which keeps me active and the feeling you get when you have completed a race, no matter what distance.

When you see me, talk to me about…

Anything triathlon……volleyball and dance, my favourite things to do. How I balance training, being a mum, working, going to school and still making time for fun! Racing goals and what you are hoping to accomplish.

I am most proud of (so far):

Standing on the podium with my sister, Top 5 women overall. Also being on the podium 9 times in my 8 years of racing.

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Secretary: Semra Albayrak

Role, duties and expectations  

What I love most about triathlon:

That it allows me to expend my limits and deal with different challenges that swim, bike and run brings. I also love being surrounded by so many like-minded people and sharing our training and racing experiences.

When you see me, talk to me about…

Feel free to ask me about my personal experience with my first race and overall benefits of being a member and training with great athletes.

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Training: Lesley Taylor

Role, duties and expectations  

What I love most about triathlon:

There's something for everyone from the entry-level novice just getting their feet wet, to the competitive speed demons. It's an incredibly welcoming and supportive community of athletes. And we're all willing to share our experience with each other.

What I do to support you:

As training director I am responsible for all aspects of the training programs offered by the club. The job description says it best, but basically if it involves swim, bike or run I'm involved! Please contact me at training@torontotriathlonclub.org if you have any think training related you need to discuss.

When you see me, talk to me about…

How to develop in the sport, how to set and reach your goals, and what programs we offer that can help you, whatever level you're at. And if you're an experienced triathlete who wants to lead or coach others, talk to me about that, too! We're always looking for group leaders and to help develop new community coaches.

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Membership: Cassandra Siwek

Role, duties and expectations  

What I love most about triathlon:

Having a way to challenge myself and stay active. There are so many things to learn between the swim, bike, and run plus trying new distances and pushing your race times means there will always be a way to challenge yourself. Doing all that is a fun way to keep fit no matter how fast or slow you are at the end of the race.

What I do to support you:

As Membership Director I am here to listen to club members to provide the best club experience possible and support members with their triathlon goals.

When you see me, talk to me about…

Trampoline! And of course, Triathlon. Tell me how you got involved in the sport, what your goals are and what makes it fun for you.
What I am most proud of (so Far)…..
Finishing a Half Ironman - Muskoka 70.3! And all the friends I have made along the way.

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Communications & PR: Kate Elliott

Role, duties and expectations  

What I love most about triathlon:

There’s a lot! Probably the amazing community it creates. Despite the competitive nature of many of us, I’ve only experience generosity and friendliness at every race or training session I’ve been to. Triathlon has followed me through moves to new cities and has always been a great way to meet new friends.

What I do to support you:

Spread the word about everything Toronto Triathlon Club. As Communications and PR Director, I run our social platforms and work on email content. I also manage our brand and club kit and work closely with our partners to promote triathlon across Toronto and Ontario.

When you see me, talk to me about…

Anything triathlon. I love this sport and am happy to share anything I’ve learned along the way. I can also talk forever about surfing, and wine, and food, and sleeping…

I am most proud of (so far!):

Probably bouncing back from a DNF at Mont Tremblant 70.3 one year to a 35 minute PB the next. Also, my first and only (so far!) age group win at TTF last year after 8 years in the sport, keep chipping away at it and you never know what could happen!

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Sponsorship: Claire Duncan

Role, duties and expectations  



What I love most about triathlon:

I love that triathlon gives me something challenging to work towards and become a better version of myself. I love that no matter what happens at work or in life, a little swim bike or run can usually turn a bad day around - especially with friends! My life has become so much more full with the community I've joined through the sport.

What I do to support you:

As Sponsorship Director I look to create meaningful partnerships between companies who believe in our club, and our our members. My role is to not only secure sponsorship funds for the club but also create opportunities with our partners that support our members and help you get the most out of triathlon!

When you see me, talk to me about…

You. I love meeting and getting to know fellow triathletes. I love hearing about why other people do the sport and what they’re working towards!

I am most proud of (so far!):

I was the fastest swimmer of the day at 2018 Ironman Santa Rosa. It was a big goal I set for myself and achieved after a lot of big sets in the pool last winter! Second to that, just finishing an Ironman is always a proud feeling too.

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Information: Eric Mutzke

Role, duties and expectations  

What I love most about triathlon:

I love the challenge of training for 3 sports at once. It can be overwhelming at first but it's all about managing your time to reach your own goals. I also think it's amazing how passionate triathletes are about their sport. Everyone's always asking about future and past races, all the gear you could possibly imagine, and how your training is going. It's a great community to be a part of.

What I do to support you:

I update and maintain the website. If there's anything you're having trouble with on the website or if you have any ideas for things to add or improve on please send me an email!

When you see me, talk to me about…

Which races you are planning for next!

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Past President: Boni Griffith

Role, duties and expectations  

What I love most about triathlon:

The drive of the competition, the thrill of crossing the finish line and hearing your name. The sense of community, support from your fellow "competitors". Triathletes banter amicably before the race, compete fiercely during the race and celebrate everyone's accomplishment at the end!

When you see me, talk to me about…

Going long, how your training should change, how to manage a busy life style, but at the same time balancing life and triathlon. There is still time for that great glass of wine, your body and brain will thank you!

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Club Staff

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Head Coach: Miranda Tomenson

Role, duties and expectations  

What I love most about triathlon:

The sport of triathlon gives me a sense of belonging. I often felt like an outsider growing up and triathlon has helped me feel accepted. It gives me purpose, strength, allows me to connect with other like-minded individuals and want to be the best version of myself.

What I do to support you:

I am there as a Coach to answer your questions about anything related to triathlon or direct you to resources where you can find the answers to your questions. I am also there as a swim coach, to provide a coaching program designed for you to meet your goals within a group training environment.

When you see me, talk to me about…

Anything! I love to talk about triathlon and have tons of knowledge about the sport. I am also a Registered Massage Therapist so talk to me about injury prevention and how to include a functional strength program into your endurance training routine.

I am most proud of (so far!):

Being able to compete at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships as a Professional triathlete and being able to help so many athletes reach their goals of either living an active and healthy lifestyle, completing a new event for the first time or finishing an event in a personal best time.

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