Club Executive

Meet the team behind the scenes!  The club executive is elected each year at the AGM and serves for a two year term.  These members volunteer for a variety of roles including managing finances, organizing events, liaising with other clubs and organizing board.  Feel free to contact any of them with an email to info@peninsulamultisport.ca.

Shawn Baturin

Role: Registrar and Interim President

Joined Club In: 2014

Events Completed:

  • Sprint: 6
  • Standard: 3
  • Half: 7
  • Full: 1
  • Other: Half Marathons – 12+, Marathons – 1

Favourite Event: I have a couple of ones I like. I enjoy running BMO Half Marathon in May, Victoria 70.3 and Cultas Lake is becoming a favourite also (even with the rain!)

What’s on your Playlist: Many! But to list a few Thunderstruck (AC/DC), You’re a Superstar (Love Inc), Enter Sandman (Metallica), Hero (Skillet), Relax – Take it Easy (Mika Bomb), Billie Jean (MJ), Unbreakable (Fireflight)

Favourite Fuel: All food 

Best Tip for a New Club Member: Enjoy the process and have fun!!!

Tri Goal for 2020: I have several goals for this year.  I’m looking to have a more balanced life, even though I am training for IMC in Penticton.  I’m looking to be more comfortable in the water and run a 4 hr marathon off the bike. 

Wendy Lyall

Role: Treasurer & NCCP Trained Community Coach – Triathlon

Joined Club In:  It’s been a while!  Maybe 2010 or 2011?

Events Completed: I’m old!  It’s hard to keep track

  • Sprint: many
  • Standard:  2
  • Half:  Many
  • Full: 2
  • Other:  lots of half marathons and 5 fulls

Favourite Event:  I always loved the old Oliver half course but I love training more than I like racing.

What’s on your Playlist:  I’m loving a podcast now – Running for Real with Tina Muir.

Favourite Fuel:  Roctane Gel

Best Tip for a New Club Member:  We do this for fun, enjoy the journey.

Tri Goal for 2020:  To recover my joy of biking, post concussion!  To feel strong swimming again and to work on my running.

Shannon (Shaz) Kozak

Role: Website and Technology 

Joined Club In: 2017

Events Completed: 

  • Sprint: 0
  • Olympic:  2
  • Half:  0
  • Full: Never!  For me … it’s about the training.  I love the process way more than the competition.

Favourite Event:  Cultus 2018 was my first triathlon event and it was miserable/amazing!  Raining cats and dogs but I felt like a rock star (an old, beat up rock star) when I crossed the finish line!  We all thought the weather couldn’t be worse in 2019 … but it was!

What’s on your Playlist: It’s all about the beat for me … I’ve been listening to old school rap like Push It (Salt-N-Pepa) and Can’t Touch This (MC Hammer) because the beat is just right.  When I need a kick in the pants, a bit of AC/DC or Nine Inch Nails will do the trick.

Favourite Fuel: As a vegetarian, I am always on the lookout for protein … I’m a fiend for Quinoa dishes and if I need a quick pick me up … peanut butter is my go-to.  We’ve been headed towards plant based meals and vegan mac n cheese may be a new favourite.

Best Tip for a New Club Member: Sign up for the Strava Page … I’ve become an addict looking at what everyone else is doing and trying to get on the leaderboard.  It’s a great motivator to get me off the couch and outside when I see the rest of the club running/swimming or biking every day!

Tri Goal for 2020: I’m keen to do a “good weather” event – so a sprint or an olympic sometime mid summer is on the plan.

 

Dave Loggie

Role: Pool scheduling

Joined Club in: 2016

Number of Tri’s completed:

  • Sprints: 6
  • Olympic: 5
  • Half: 1
  • Full distance:
  • Other: 

Favourite triathlon to complete and why: Muskoka because of the out and back lake swim and rolling hills through beautiful Muskoka Ontario. I have not raced since moving to BC so don’t have an experience here to draw from.  

Playlist: Everything and anything, depending on mood 

Favourite fuel: Anything plant-based and ideally in it’s original state (whole fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans/pulses)

Best Tip for a New Club Member: Make the effort to reach out to others for advice and leverage the executive members to help navigate. Come to pool swims, group rides or runs to meet others and come to the AGM.

Tri Goal for 2020:  Get healthy and be strong!  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on the bike later this season.

Michelle Wardle

Role:  Secretary

Joined Club in: 2010 or 2011.  It’s been an exciting journey 

Event’s Completed:

  • Sprints:  5
  • Olympic:  3
  • Half: 5
  • Half Marathon’s: 5 

Favourite Event: Whistler 70.3 for the beautiful scenery, the Delta Sprint triathlon for flat, fast and hard and Cultus Lake triathlon for the humourous amounts of rain!  

Playlist:  I don’t work out or run to music but can’t stop listening to the remix of ‘Someone I Loved’ by Lewis Capaldi

Favourite fuel:  Maple Syrup

Best Tip for a New Club Member: Don’t give up and don’t hesitate to reach out to any of us for advice or encouragement.  

Tri Goal for 2020: My goals are still a work in progress but I hope to increase my run speed in the sprint triathlon distance and to continue my quest to be a stronger cyclist.  

Karen Sierpina

Role: Social Media, Marketing, Public Relations, Sponsorship

Joined Club In: 2019

Events Completed:

  • Sprint: 2
  • Standard: 1
  • Half Marathon: 4
  • Other:  numerous 10k, 8k & 5k

Favourite Event: Cultus Lake Triathlon (Standard): conquering my fear of open water, first race with my husband, and first race since 2013! 

BMO Half Marathon (2013) for my first Half! And BMO Half for a second race (2019) shaving off 10 minutes after a five-year hiatus!

Cheering on my husband at his races on his “Road to Kona” journey!

What’s on your Playlist: Lose Yourself (Eminem), ‘Till I Collapse (Eminem), Rise
Up (Andra Day), Champion (Bishop Briggs), Whatever It Takes (Imagine Dragons), Believer (Imagine Dragons), I Like How It Feels (Enrique Iglesias/Pitbull), Bailando
(Enrique Iglesias), All MJ!

Favourite Fuel: Chocolate long johns, cake and nachos!!  Ok seriously: nuun Performance Hydration, Honey Stinger Açai Pomegranate gels   and PB sandwich squares. 

Best Tip for a New Club Member: Come out to the group training sessions and get to know other members. There’s a wealth of seasoned experience and knowledge in this awesome, inspiring, fun group of athletes!

Take it all in, smile and enjoy the experience! 

Tri Goal for 2020: To continue with another healthy year of training to complete Oliver and Cultus Lake Standards, working my way up to a Half Iron. 

 

Martin Birchenko

Role: Executive Board Member and Swim Coach

Joined Club In: 2019

Events Completed:

  • Sprint: 1
  • Standard: 2

Favourite Event: Any swim!  I love open water swimming, my favourite locations being Cresent Beach and any of our local lakes.  You’ll find me in the pool 7 days a week!

What’s on your Playlist: Anything and everything except for country!  I’m enjoying podcasts like Stuff You Should Know and Dark Poutine at the moment.

Favourite Fuel: Coffee and a Costco Hotdog

Best Tip for a New Club Member: Incorporate training into your commute to save time.

Goal for 2020: Attend club events and training weekly.  Get NCCP certified for multisport.  Get married! Victoria 70.3 

Greg Christensen

Role: Past President & NCCP Trained Community Coach

Joined Club In: 2013

Events Completed:

  • Sprint: 15
  • Standard: 3
  • Half: 2
  • Full: 0
  • Other:  Half-Marathon – 2, 10 k’s – 25+

Favourite Event: Every race is different and has its own unique elements. I really enjoyed the Vancouver Triathlon in Stanley Park because it was my first open water swim. 

What’s on your Playlist: Random! I usually let Spotify choose most of the time. But most recently I was listening to Imagine Dragons.

Favourite Fuel: Infinit in my water bottles. It is easy to digest.

Best Tip for a New Club Member: You’ve already done the hard part and joined the club. Just jump into a group workout. Even if it scares the crap out of you 🙂 We’ve all been there and will help you through it at your pace.

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