About Triathlon Newfoundland and Labrador
The Government of Newfoundland & Labrador and Triathlon Canada recognize Triathlon Newfoundland and Labrador (TriNL) as the governing body for the sport of triathlon in the province. We are a participating member of SportNL. TriNL is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization that promotes and supports all triathletes in the province. Every dollar of revenue we receive gets re-invested back into the sport to support our athletes, no matter what their personal goals.
Although triathlon traditionally involves the combination of swimming, cycling, and running, TriNL encompasses multi-sport endurance events in the province including triathlon, winter triathlon (snowshoeing, mountain/fat biking, cross-country skiing, running), duathlon, and aquathon and activities associated with components of such events. TriNL also supports para-triathlon events and activities.
TriNL helps to build triathlon and multisport activities through:
- Sanctioning races to ensure they are designed to be safe and fair for athletes
- Obtaining liability insurance for the protection of all athletes, race directors, volunteer and officials at all sanctioned races and activities
- Sanctioning clubs
- Encouraging growth and development of the sport
- Training and certifying officials so that sanctioned races will be conducted in a fair and safe manner
- Supporting NCCP coaching training and certification programs so that there are sufficient community and high-performance coaches available in the province
- Encouraging athlete development, especially at the youth and junior level, for inter-provincial level competitions such as the Canada Games
- Building triathlon membership
Triathlon Newfoundland and Labrador will develop, promote and support the sport of triathlon and related multi-sport endurance events in our province.
Excellence: We are a member-based, service-oriented, volunteer-driven association committed to, and accountable for, excellence in all facets of our work, individually and collectively, and in fostering conditions that maximize the potential of our sport, athletes, members, volunteers and partners.
Equal Access: We ensure events are conducted in a safe, fair, ethical and harassment-free environment regardless of age, race, gender or ability. We are a facilitator of opportunities for all people in all regions of the province to discover the thrill, rewards and challenges of triathlon and multi-sport competition.
Enterprising: We are professional in the way we create and organize technically sound programs, clinics and events. We encourage partnerships and allow for personal growth and success through sport participation.
Board of Directors
James Whelan, President & Director
James competed in his first triathlon in 1983 and has loved it ever since. He loves the three sports, the gear, the friendships, and the places it has lead him. James’ entire family shares his passion with triathlon including his wife and four exceptional kids, although his Labrador retriever, Millie, is the strongest swimmer in the family.
He volunteers on TriNL’s board to build the sport in the province and to make sure we have a strong Provincial Sporting Organization that can advocate for all levels of our sport, especially for our junior athletes.
Outside of triathlon, James is a Retina Surgeon.
Paul Moores, Vice-President & Director
The passion for triathlon was palpable in the community. Paul decided to join TriNL to help translate that passion into action.
Paul’s triathlon journey started on a dare when he did his first St. John’s Triathlon. Despite two flat tires during that race, Paul was positively hooked on triathlon. Paul is a huge supporter of local races and is known to always have a smile in race photos.
Passionate about many sports, Paul currently focuses on swimming, cycling, and running. But he’s also been known to tease the puck in his senior hockey league or dunk a ball during varsity basketball. His ability to train and participate in so many sports can largely be attributed to the patience of his wife. She has supported him for 27 years during which he was able to train rather than take out the garbage.
His life outside of the court, track, and pool includes thirteen years working with Toyota Plaza, ten as a Sales Manager.
Marc Saunders, Treasurer & Director
Marc has been with TriNL since 2014 in the role of treasurer. He is also actively involved in the Kids of Steel as a volunteer since 2012.
When he is not volunteering he is also an active age grouper, dad taxi to his twin 11-year-old girls, and member of a local running club.
In addition to being Treasurer of Triathlon Newfoundland and Labrador, Marc has been a CPA with the Provincial Government since 2003.
Rob Gamberg, Secretary & Director
Rob is outgoing manager of the Canada Games Team. Rob has been introducing people to the sport of triathlon for over ten years.
He competes in many races from Sprint to 70.3 and has been dedicated to growing the sport in Newfoundland and Labrador as both a volunteer and coach for the past 10 years. Professionally, he has been retired for nine years.
Pat Collins, Director
“I want to see the sport grow in NL, and I want to pass along my racing and training experience to a new generation and see them progress and enjoy the sport and what it can teach you about yourself.”
Pat is the incoming co-coach of the next Canada Games Team. He brings a wealth of knowledge as he has been landing on the podium since 2012. His first race was the inaugural Mont Tremblant 70.3.
When not racing, training, or coaching he spends his time as a professional geologist, searching for the next big mineral deposit, or reading science fiction books with his girlfriend and two cats! Originally from Dartmouth, NS, he has made St John’s home for the past 15 years.
Amy Henderson, Director
Amy has been racing triathlon/adventure races for over 10 years and has competed in multiple Sprint, Standard, and 70.3 triathlon distances. She has volunteered at many events across the country and is passionate about growing the youth and age group community around triathlon in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Amy has been active in the not-for-profit charity sector for over 11 years serving/chairing many boards and committees at both the local, national, and international level. She is a health policy professional with a drive for creating healthier communities for all.
Christopher Lee, Director
“I love the sport of triathlon and I believe it’s important to give back to the community.”
Christopher competed in his first triathlon in 2009 and fell in love with the sport. In 2010 he attended the TriNL AGM and jumped onboard. Since then Christopher has been working on creating safe and secure races for all participants, volunteers, and other stakeholders as TriNL’s Director responsible for sanctioning
Christopher has been on the TriNL board for eight years, five years on the Paradise Triathlon board as Race Director, five years on the St. John’s Triathlon board as the Run Director, and is a community swim coach. Outside of triathlon Christopher is a husband, father, explorer, and a lover of life.
“Every moment in life is an opportunity to learn something new or share with others what you have already learned.”
Christiane Martin, Director
Christiane is outgoing co-coach of the Canada Games Team. Christiane has been growing triathlon in Newfoundland and Labrador for over 10 years as a coach, race organizer, and volunteer on both the board and at local events.
She has been competing in triathlon for 15 years from Sprint to 70.3 and open water swim competitions in several different countries.
Kristy Hynes, Director
Kristy started triathlon in 2009 in the St. John’s Triathlon encouraged by Flora Seymour. Kristy is the incoming co-coach for the Canada Games Team.
She enjoys other activities such as hiking, camping, running, and raising two beautiful and fun girls while wishing she was a fast runner like her husband!
Will Duggan, Director
“I started triathlon in 2013 without really knowing many people involved in it. I did some of the local races and a half ironman in Muskoka that year and was hooked. During my triathlon experience so far I have met some great friends that keep me motivated. I volunteer with TriNL to promote the sport to give others the opportunity to try it and get hooked on the “tri-bug” like I did. Developing triathlon in NL is also important to me to make it safer and an overall greater experience.
I can usually be found on a local group run, trying to catch my girlfriend on the bike, trying to catch CG Coach Pat in the water, at a bar where a good IPA is served or playing with our border collie. In any spare time outside of that I work as an engineer with Fisheries and Oceans Canada.”
Stephen Delaney, Executive Director
Steve joined TriNL in April 2017 as Administrator and has been a competitor in local triathlon events since 2007. He has been involved in the road running community for many years, and conducts chip timing for many local running and triathlon events each year. Steve is retired from the IT professional services and systems development field, last working with Bell Canada. He is active as a wine columnist and has served as a director of the Opimian Society, a national not-for-profit wine club.
TriNL is currently recruiting volunteers to be trained and serve as officials at sanctioned events. TriNL also supports the organizers of sanctioned events in recruiting volunteers to assist in hosting their events in a range of categories – course marshals, lifeguards, setup and take down, and many other activities. Many events need volunteers on organizing committees to ensure events can take place. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering in any capacity.
Triathlon Newfoundland and Labrador. We can. We will.