October 14, 2020

Achilles international Track and Field Society- MEMBERSHIP

LESLIE ABRAMSON

Proud Committee Member for over 30 years.
Retired Owner Operator of Flowers Shop & Party Rental,
Fellow of B C Chamber of Commerce, Past President of BC Chamber of Commerce
Caring Canadian Award, Board of BC Boys & Girls Club,Delta Citizen of Year,Founding Member of Delta Police Foundation
Member of Burnaby Striders TFC-Shot Put & Discus

MARKUS BILL

Committee Member Invitations/Transportation of Athletes
Owner of Travel Agency
Tour Operator to international sporting events such as Marathons, Olympic Games, Track and field and Cross Country Championships.
National Team Manager Athletics Canada.
Co-Founder Vancouver Spirit Run.
Co-Founder  Grand Prix of Berne, Switzerland 7-time New York Marathon finisher

BRIAN BLAMEY

Board Member (Treasurer).  
Partner of Galloway Botteselle & Company (Chartered Professional Accountants) for 26 years.  
Former runner, current cyclist.  Other volunteer activities include: Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association,
Advisor: Canadian Health and Fitness Institute,Volunteer (tax preparation for low income seniors):  
North Shore Community Resources.

LARRY BLASCHUK

Committee Member
(Technical Meetings / Jury of Appeal)
Vocation: Lawyer / Registrar of Land Titles for BC.Avocation: Coach, Vancouver Thunderbirds (Power Speed / High Jump).
Former runner (coached by Doug Clement, Kim Young and Carl Savage in turn), sometime official,
occasional swimmer, frequent fan at Olympic Games and World Championships.

JESSICA BROCKERVILLE nee Smith OLY

Committee Member
Assistant Coach with Simon Fraser University, SFU 800m Record Holder 16 time NAIA Champion,
2012 London Olympic Semi-Finalist (800m) 9-Time Canadian Team Member
4th Canadian to break 2 minute barrier in 800m - 1:59.86
Jerome Outreach Program Coach 2012-2015 Special Olympics Burnaby Track & Field Volunteer Coach

ALVIN CHOW

Committee Member. Publisher of the Richmond News & Vice President, National Advertising Sales at Glacier Media Group. Advisory Board member of the National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS), co-producer of FEAST: Asian Dining Festival, member of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University President’s Community Advisory Council, co-chair of the Richmond Hospital Foundation annual golf tournament and member of News Media Canada Marketing & Research committee. Achilles responsibility- Co-Chair, Marketing & Sponsorship.

DIANE CLEMENT CM,OLY

Founding Member.
Past Culinary Consultant:  Author and Restaurant Owner. Member, Order of Canada.
1956 Olympic sprinter and 1958 Commonwealth medalist.
Co-founder: Kajaks Track and Field Club, Vancouver Sun Run.  BC Sports Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame: Athletics Canada, BC Athletics, NB Athletics.  Past Chair: Athletics Canada, IAAF Technical Consultant, Olympic and National Athletics Team Media Liaison

DOUG CLEMENT CM,OLY

Founding Member, Currently- President.
Professor Emeritus, Division of Sports Medicine, Past Medical Consultant: Athletic Canada, Vancouver Canucks.  
Member, Order of Canada. 1952 and 1956 Olympic runner and 1954 and 1958 Commonwealth medalist.
National Team coach 1981-1996. Co-founder: Kajaks Track and Field Club, Vancouver Sun Run.  BC Sports Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame: Canadian Olympic Committee, Athletics Canada, BC Athletics, UBC.  

ANNE CLIFF (nee Covell) OLY

Committee Member (Hosting);
BPE, MEd.  Former member of Richmond and Kajaks Track & Field Clubs coached by Diane Clement.  
Member of the 1968 Canadian Olympic Track & Field Team; former Canadian Native (400m) and British Commonwealth (4x440yd) record holder.  
UBC Sports Hall of Fame Track & Field Team member.
Secondary school educator, counsellor, and coach in multiple sports.  
Retired from the Vancouver School District in 2007.

BRIAN CLIFF

Committee Member (Photography);
BSc, PhD.
Senior Instructor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, UBC.
Former member of Richmond and Kajaks Track & Field Clubs (coached by Doug Clement) and UBC Track & Field Team.
Achilles Society’s principal photographer since 2011.

PETER DIEMER

Committee Member (media sponsorship).
An entertainment, marketing & strategic business development executive, with global perspective and experience with media & technology. He has a long-term and excellent track record in promoting, developing, and growing world-class brands.
Diemer has a unique combination of skills, depth of knowledge and deep relationships.
Peter is passionate about giving back through various charitable organizations that he's involved with that have an impact at a regional and international level.

VINCENT DOYLE

Board Member
Executive Director, Grande Prairie Gymnastics Center
Vincent’s passion for and commitment to giving back to the community is evident with his various roles in community endeavors.
As a volunteer, his involvement spans the running and cycling communities across Canada.
His passion for the Achilles Track & Field Society started 19 years ago, he has been on the organizing committee and/or board member and sits as co Meet Director in both the Jerome Indoor, Jerome Outdoor and the Rainforest Trail Run.

CHRISTOPHER HANCOCK

Board Member.
Currently a Procurement executive for a Canadian federal Crown corporation and previously worked for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).
Former Canadian Junior National Triathlon Team member and finisher of multiple Ironman triathlons, marathons and ultra-marathons.
Enjoys running and cycling, Former volunteer Marathon Running Coach for the YMCA, fundraising lead for the United Way and judge for the FIS Snowboard World Cup. Achilles responsibilities include - Race director for the RAINFOREST Trail Run.

TINKER HARRIS

Committee Member (Registrar)
Harry Jerome Outdoor Meet: Anti-Doping Co-Ordinator.
Retired Educator/Coach York House School.
National Track and Field Team Sprint Relay Member.
Enjoying singing in the VOC Gospel Choir.

JOHN HAWKINS OLY

Committee Member. Former Head Coach of the Jerome Outreach Program, Strathcona Lions + Rockridge HS.
Former Assistant Coach at UBC, former President of West Van Track Club.
 Competed for Canada in the HJ: gold at Pan-Pacific Games, silver at the CWG, bronze at the World University Games, finalist at the Olympic Games. Competed in World Masters Champs/Games: World Champion in decathlon, HJ, pole vault, pentathlon, basketball.  Halls of Fame: George Vanier HS, Courtenay Walk, UBC (basketball + track), CMA, BC Athletics.

NIGEL HOLE

Board Member.
Achilles Responsibility: Harry Jerome (Outdoor) Assistant Meet Director.
Founder of Athlete Tutor. CEO of Vancouver Thunderbirds.
Educator with CPA Canada. Former Manager at KPMG's Deal Advisory group. Member of UBC Thunderbirds Alumni Council.

DENNIS HOY

Committee member. Achilles responsibility :Athlete accommodation
Former runner with Kajaks Track and Field and educator with Richmond School District.
Teaching roles in Germany, Egypt, Vietnam.
National Team Manager.
Enjoys fishing and boating

INAKI GOMEZ OLY

Committee Member
2012 and 2016 Olympian in Racewalk. Medalist at 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
Lawyer at Borden, Lawson and Gervais.
Active on World Athletics Governance and Athlete Commission,
COC and Athletics Canada Athlete’s Commission

MAREK JEDRZEJEK

Board Member (Athletes Invitations)
M.Sc. Physical Education Poland. 1987 NCI in Victoria.
Retired Head and middle distance coach 1984 to 2015: SFU (’84-’86), UVIC (’86-’87),
Kajak TC (‘87-’99), UBC (’87-2015) and
Athletics Canada including 13 World Championships and Olympic Games.
Over the years delighted to coach so many athletes including Olympians, National Team members and record holders.

LIZ JONES

Committee Member (Communications)
BA, MBA, CPA CMA
Employed in various finance roles at City of Vancouver since 2002, Currently Manager, Senior Government Partnerships and Funding Strategies
Athletic: runner for University of Victoria, Kajaks, Toronto Olympic Club , Hershey Harriers Treasurer, Killarney Secondary School PAC and Hershey Harriers Athletic Club
Assistant Announcer for Harry Jerome Events
Ladies Doubles Tennis League Team Captain, swimming

CHRIS JOHNSON

Committee Member: meet management.
Teacher/Coach - St. George's School (2000-present).
Middle Distance/Distance Coach - Vancouver Thunderbirds Track and Field Club (2008-present).
Middle Distance/Distance Coach - University of British Columbia (2008-2019).
Competed for Kajaks and the University of British Columbia in the 800m.

GARY KINGSTON

Committee Member (media relations).
A retired journalist, Gary started his reporting career with the Canadian Press, which included a 16-month stint at the B.C. legislature, before moving to the Vancouver Sun in 1989 as a sports reporter. He covered the CFL, NBA, junior hockey, lacrosse, auto racing, track and field, soccer and Olympic and Paralympic sport. Gary was at every Paralympic Games from Athens 2004 to Sochi 2014 and covered the Calgary 1988, Turin 2006, Beijing 2008 and Vancouver/Whistler 2010 Olympics. Gary is a member of the North Delta Lions service club and referees high school football.

ALLAN KLASSEN

Board Member (Secretary)
Physical Education teacher, Queen Mary Elementary in Vancouver.
Competed for UBC track and field and cross country, two-time Canadian 1500-meter champion and sub-4-minute miler who was coached by Dr. Doug Clement.
Stadium announcer for the Harry Jerome Indoor meet and the Harry Jerome Outdoor meet. Enjoys coaching minor baseball, hockey, basketball, volleyball, track and cross country.

ROB LONERGAN

Committee Member
He has been a member of the Achilles International Track and Field Society for about 20 years.
He was a distance runner who belonged to several local athletics clubs and competed for Canada in the 1980s.  
He is now an environmental and regulatory lawyer in the Vancouver office of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.  
Rob and his wife, Janet, have two daughters, Katherine and Gillian.

ANTHONY MILLER

Committee Member
Graduated from the University of Victoria with strong interest in entrepenuership and technology
Leads the Achilles International Track and Field Society in digital presence and social promotion .
Brings youthful approach to the visibility of the Jerome Classic, Jerome Indoor Games and Rainforest Trail Run

RICHARD MILLER

Board Member, Co-Chair, Achilles Marketing & Sponsorship Committee.
COO at Bizfield Angel Network.
Over 30 years experience as a strategy consultant and business executive with a focus on high-tech, sales, marketing, and business strategy.
Volunteer mentor for New Ventures BC. Keen sports enthusiast who has led Achilles to build out its marketing and spectator programs. BComm from University of Alberta; MBA from Ivey Business School, Western University

BRIAN POUND

Board member. Ex-officio member of original committee representing major sponsor Province newspaper.
Former sports reporter/editor Province, Sun, Toronto Telegram.
Covered Harry Jerome’s career from start to finish.
Former chair Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame.  
Involved in sports media for over 60 years. Achilles responsibility Media Relations.

LAURIER PRIMEAU

Committee Member
Head coach: UBC since 2015.
TWU 2012-2014.
Canadian Paralympic Team-2012 Olympics. Scottish Athletics 2009 to 2011. Canada's national track and field team, jumps, combined events and relays: 2 World and 3 Pan American Junior Championships.  Past Competitions Director: Harry Jerome International, and numerous BC Athletics Committees. Board of Directors for Athletics Canada.

DON SAINT

Committee Member (Marketing)
Responsible for coordinating VIP tent experience.
Currently working as Director of Operations for Can-Tec Electrical
Amateur runner who participated in the inaugural
Achilles organized RAINFOREST TRAIL RUN, enjoys hiking and biking.

CARL SAVAGE

MEd,
Canadian National Hurdles Coach (1978-1992).
Coach for 1980 Olympics, 1982 Pan Am Juniors, 1983 Pan Am Seniors, 1986 CWG & 1989 Francophone Games. Member of the BC Athletics Hall of Fame, Member of the Richmond City Wall of Fame, Past Chair of the Richmond City Recreation Commission. Long time track coach with Richmond Kajaks and UBC. Now coaching with Ocean Athletics. Teacher, Principal, Consultant in Canada, China, Egypt, Japan, England and Ireland.

GERRY SHEANH

Committee Member-communications
Gerry is a retired school administrator.
He assists the photography team at various Achilles events and has published scores of freelance articles on sports, travel and conflict resolution.
He is the author of Helping Kids Deal With Conflict: An Everyday Guide for Teachers and Parents.

JOAN SHEANH

Committee Member (Hosting)
Educator, retired from Prince George School District
in 2009 after teaching for 35 years. Now lives in Chilliwack reconnecting with former Kajak Track and Field members now active in the Achilles Group.
In her 6 year career as an 800m runner, she
set many U18 and U16 records in her favourite sport

GEORGE SHORT OLY

Committee Member (Transportation).
1960 Olympic Games in Rome, competed in the 100-metre race and set a Canadian record 4 x 100-metre relay team.
He was a sport administrator and professor of exercise science at Sir George Williams and then Concordia from 1973-2004. Short's participation on the 1969 Lancer Football team got him inducted into the University of Windsor's 23rd Annual Hall of Fame.

ANDRE SMITH OLY

Committee Member (Live stream)
Payment Professional with Global Payments Canada.
Graduate of the University of Manitoba. Represented Canada at the Olympic Games, World Championships, World Student Games and Pacific Conference Games. Bronze medalist in Commonwealth Games 4x400m relay. Province of Manitoba Order of Sport Excellence. Former Canadian Champion, Canadian record holder and CIAU All Canadian.
Provincial Team Member at the Canada Summer Games and Western Canada Summer Games.

JORDAN SMITH

Committee Member
Varsity member of the University of British Columbia track team while graduating in Engineering.
Contributes up to date views of the sport as a recent
competitive athlete who as participated in both the Jerome Indoor Games and the Jerome Classic

JASON SWAN

Committee Member (data management)
Responsible for Timing for indoor and outdoor Achilles meets. BC Track & Field Official.  Owner, Swan Racing.
Systems Analyst at Fraser Valley Regional Library.
Deals with the complexity of automatic timing and recording linking to video streaming

GERRY SWAN

Founding Member, Committee Member.  
Achilles, Former Secretary.
Former National & Olympic Coach Middle Distance. Cofounder, Valley Royals Track & Field Club. Former Head Coach, VRTFC. Past President, BC Track & Field, BC High School Basketball Association. Member Western Washington University Hall of Fame, NAIA Track & Field Hall of Fame, Abbotsford Hall of Fame, BC Track & Field Hall of Fame. Freeman, District of Matsqui.

MARK TOURIGNY

M.Sc. Committee Member (U14 program)
Co-Founder of Jerome Outreach Program which provides leadership and coaching to dozens of elementary schools. Past President Vancouver Olympic Club.
Board Member of West Point Grey Academy and Care BC.  Real Estate investment and development in Vancouver and Victoria. Musician

BRIT TOWNSEND OLY

Committee Member
2 time Olympian Former Canadian record holder 800.1000,1500, Mile. Finalist World Championships and Olympic Games
Medalist Pan Ams and World Indoors. 21 years as Head Coach at Simon Fraser University
Multiple coaching awards at NAIA and NCAA. Coached athletes to Pan Ams, Commonwealth Games, World Champs and Olympic Games. Hall of Fame SFU, Coquitlam and Burnaby

JOHN WHEELER

Committee member (Marketing & Sponsorship).
Retired, TELUS: VP of Investor Relations for 22 yrs. TELUS is repeatedly world recognized for excellence of shareholder reporting.
Former runner at UBC - best result third at Canadian U20 X-country championships. Recognized by Board of Canadian Investor Relations Institute, with the Award of Excellence as a Fellow. Currently a Trustee and on Committees at St. Faith’s Anglican Church. High handicap golfer.  Education: UBC B.Comm, Queen’s MBA.

CHRIS WINTER OLY

Board Member
Currently serves as the Technical Manager of Track & Field with BC Athletics.
2016 Olympian in the 3000m Steeplechase, Chris also represented Canada at the 2013 World Track and Field Championships and 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Attended the University of Oregon (Major: Business Administration) where he was a 2x NCAA Finalist and 2009 Pac-10 Champion for the Ducks.

LEXI WUTHRICH

Committee member
Achilles Responsibility: Marketing

Currently working in the Vancouver Film & TV Industry. Capilano University Film & TV and Business Administration Graduate.

Enjoys hiking, running, playing hockey and many other outdoor activities.

KIM YOUNG

Board Member: Vice President of the Achilles International Track and Field Society for 15 years
Kim began as a Richmond Kajaks coach in 1965 when he was a first-year teacher. He became National Team Coach at the Pan Pacific Games in 1979 and 1982 and the Head Coach Canada vs East Germany Women’s in 1983. Co-founder of the BC Elementary Track and Field School Championships in 1968.  Kim was Director of Athletics Canada, President of BC Athletics, and Chair of the Harry Jerome Classic.