Directors & Club Staff 2020

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

Extended Board

Club Staff

Board of Directors

President: Sean Croon

Role, duties and expectations  

What I love most about triathlon:

The community, and the clarity it brings to my priorities... when you train this much you get very good at what is truly important.

What I do to support you.

My job is to think, every day, about our club and our members. I think about what we need to do this week, next month and next year.

When you see me, talk to me about…

Dreams. I never dreamed I would finish one Ironman let alone four!

I am most proud of (so far):

Hmmm, I tend to be most proud of how I have been able to help other people achieve things they never thought were possible.

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Treasurer: Ali Banfield

Role, duties and expectations  

What I love most about triathlon:

The community! The people I have met along the way have become an extension of my family and have been the most supportive people throughout my triathlon journey. It’s not about coming first, or even getting on the podium. It’s about finishing, growing and constant improvement. I have made friendships at the TTC that I know will last a lifetime.

What I do to support you:

I take care of the financial responsibilities of the TTC, ensuring all payments are up to date and providing financial insight on our programs and events to the Board. When you see me, talk to me about.... The role triathlon has in your life! I love hearing about why people get into the sport and all the different reasons it means so much to others in the triathlon community.

I am most proud of (so far):

Completing my first full Ironman in Mont Tremblant in 2018. Triathlon is so much more than just a physical challenge. It taught me more than I could have ever imagined about dedication, discipline and resilience. There is nothing better than the feeling you get when you’ve achieved something you once thought was impossible.

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Secretary: Daniel Hirsh

Role, duties and expectations  

What I love most about triathlon:

I like the discipline. Focusing on a goal and learning how to do things better. So much to learn and improve, there is always a next “project” to work on. And you are never going to get everything perfect so there is always something more to do, to do better.

What I do to support you:

I am never going to be the best triathlete. Too old, too many other things on the go. But we all want to contribute. I am pleased that I have been given the opportunity to help improve the structure and workings of our Club. Certainly these are tough times but maybe that is the time we have to work harder to adapt, improve and contribute.

When you see me, talk to me about…

My grandsons. My golf game. The weather. Happy to listen to your triathlete exploits but mine don’t compare. Yet.

I am most proud of (so far):

Getting to this point. And planning and training for the next.

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Training: 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 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 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…

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.

I am most proud of (so far):

Finishing the Muskoka 70.3 in under the full race cut off time!

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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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Membership: 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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Extended Board

Strategy & Special Projects: 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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Social: Erin O'Hanley

Role, duties and expectations  

What I love most about Triathlon:

The community - Everyone is so supportive, even in the middle of a race!

What I do to support you:

Organize and host opportunities for members to get together (virtually or in person) to chat and share their experiences.

When you see me, talk to me about…

Anything and everything - I'm an information junkie and am always excited to learn new things.

I am most proud of (so far):

The support I'm able to give other people who are a part of the communities I am a part of. I love hearing about someone's first race or training cycle and offering my help (or stealing their ideas).

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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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Social Media: Stuart Walker

Role, duties and expectations  

What I love most about triathlon:

What I do to support you:

When you see me, talk to me about…

I am most proud of (so far!):

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Club Staff

Past President & Business Manager: Brenda Santos

Role, duties and expectations of Past President  

Role, duties and expectations of Business Manager  

What I love most about triathlon:

The community, and the clarity it brings to my priorities... when you train this much you get very good at what is truly important.

What I do to support you.

My job is to think, every day, about our club and our members. I think about what we need to do this week, next month and next year.

When you see me, talk to me about…

Dreams. I never dreamed I would finish one Ironman let alone four!

I am most proud of (so far):

Hmmm, I tend to be most proud of how I have been able to help other people achieve things they never thought were possible.

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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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Administrative Assistant: 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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