Executive Committee & Coordinators
The STARRT Exec. Committee and coordinators are a group of passionate triathletes who volunteer their time to help develop the sport of triathlon in St. Albert.
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Nadia van der Merwe - President
Born and raised in South Africa, there was always plenty of opportunity
to get involved in sports. Starting out with track & field, later
biking and finally some group pressure to attempt SA’s popular Midmar Mile Swim got me very interested in triathlon.
I started following the sport reading about Emma Snowsill’s march to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and ultimate gold medal. At the same time Chrissie Wellington was making waves with her entry into the triathlon world. It was only after we moved to Canada early 2009, that I joined a club for the first time after being a wannabe for a few years.
I love being outside, testing my own limits, breathing fast and always aiming for that better personal best! It’s been a roller coaster ride ever since, juggling training, racing, working and family life, the crazy beauty of being an age grouper! Having been on the receiving end of much benefit, support and encouragement from our STARRT club family this is a great way to give back!
Gord - Vice President (& Program Coordinator)
Anne Bradley - Treasurer
Long, long ago in the mid-80’s, my very first triathlon was a combination of downhill skiing, cycling and canoeing in upstate New York. Later while living in the Birmingham, Alabama area, my husband and I competed in several triathlons. Cycling has always been part of our outdoor life as well as open water swimming and running in the various places we have lived(the US, the Netherlands, Spain).
After competing in the World Masters Games in 2005 on a triathlon team and doing the St. Albert Triathlon Try a Tri, I joined STARRT. I clearly remember Joanne Graham’s welcoming presence on the pool deck at the triathlon . Since then I have competed in everything from sprint through Ironman. My favorite triathlon is Lavaman in Kona, Hawaii.
In addition to triathlon, I enjoy cross country skiing and speed skating. I participate in the Canadian Birkie’s 55 km lite event as well as the Silver Skate Festival’s winter tri each year. I look forward to being a part of the STARRT executive.
Jennifer Coffin - Secretary & Communication Coordinator
I joined STARRT in the fall of 2001, as a runner and was soon on track with swimming and biking…triathlon. I was the volunteer coordinator in 2002 for the 10 Mile Road Race and for numerous years after that. I have also been on the Executive as President and Secretary. I researched the current STARRT logo which was redesigned in 2007 and helped develop the current STARRT mission and vision statement.
Personally I participated in numerous triathlons including the ITU with the longest distance being a half Ironman (x2). I currently teach yoga for STARRT club members, as well as being on the newly formed STARRT social committee. Staying fit and active as well as the many memories and friendships my husband and I have made over the past 16 years with like minded people are the greatest benefit of being a STARRT club member!