On September 24th, Triathlon BC held its 29th Annual General Meeting. What follows is a short summary of the day’s proceedings.

An exciting time for the sport, Triathlon BC celebrated several successful provincial initiatives, including, but certainly not limited to, hosting the inaugural ITU World Multisport Championships in Penticton, where Triathlon BC played an instrumental role in securing hosting grants for the event. From a performance perspective, we saw dominating performances from our emerging BC Team athletes at the Canada Summer Games, and had several athletes graduating on to Triathlon Canada’s National Performance Centre program, with top national and international performances around the globe, including a top 10 finish at the ITU Grand Finale in Rotterdam, Holland.

Based on a recent membership survey – and direction from the Province – we developed a strategy to engage and promote master athletes. 22 clinics were held province-wide, largely aimed at entry level master athletes, offering a number of immersion and development opportunities, including:

  • Skill development
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Nutrition seminars
  • Practice events, allowing competitors to become comfortable in a multisport environment before entering a sanctioned event.

Piggybacking on the Masters movement, Triathlon BC put forward a strong bid to be included in the 2018 55+ Games, a provincial multisport Games that caters to over 3,000 athletes annually.

Processing 49 new coaches this year, adding to a roster of well over 700 coaches, Triathlon BC is proud to be a leader of coach development across Canada.  Triathlon BC’s Officials continue to be recognized the world over as a leader in developing technical Officials.  While our Officials were assigned to close to 150 individual provincial assignments, many of our Officials went on to referee events events in Abu Dhabi, the Gold Coast, Edmonton, Montreal and the Rotterdam Grand Final, and worked in WTS, World Cup, Continental Cup, World Para-triathlon events in addition to National Championships and the Canada Summer Games.

As part of a large bylaws overhaul, and in accordance with the (BC) Societies Act, Triathlon BC successfully passed its proposed Constitution and Bylaws resolution, and begins its transition to the new Act. “This was a fundamental resolution that required at minimum, a 3/4 vote, said Triathlon BC Executive Director, Allan Prazsky, with these changes, we are able to transition to the new Act well ahead of the late November 2018 deadline.”

Moving to Board elections, where in 2017, five Board seats were open for election, Triathlon BC is pleased to announce the appointment of returning Board Chair, Duncan Wood, and the election of new member, Susie Ernsting. Duncan and Susie join re-elected Treasurer, Faith Wells, and At-Large members Larry Feagan and Vicki Lundine.  Together with Kirk Lewis, Clement Lim and Keith Iwasaki, these individuals make up Triathlon BC’s 2017/18 Board of Directors.

 “I am very pleased to welcome Susie as a new Board member, and am grateful to our newly re-elected members, and those that served, and continue to serve, on the Board,” said Allan Prazsky, Executive Director.  “Our Board members are a tremendous asset to our sport, investing their time, expertise and effort as we pursue our vision of being the leading triathlon association in Canada.”

In addition to electing five candidates to the Board, Triathlon BC’s 2017 AGM also included three resolutions, all of which were approved by the 31 representing members that attended the annual meeting.

Triathlon BC’s Constitution and Bylaws were amended to meet the new (BC) Societies Act.  Mandatory changes that were introduced in late 2016, that govern how not-for-profit associations are created and run in our province.  With an in-force date of November 28, 2018, the adopted amendments allow Triathlon BC to maintain good standings with the Societies Act.

After questions and discussions, resolution 3, affecting annual membership fees, was also passed. Unchanged since inception (1988), membership fees are a source of revenue for Triathlon BC, allowing for ongoing programing, promotion, development and support of athletes, coaches, officials and race directors across the province.  The adjusted fees will offset recent Triathlon Canada affiliation fee hikes, athlete and event insurance increases and allow for the continued professionalization of Triathlon BC. The rates, effective January 1st, 2018, are listed below.

  • Adult (unaffiliated to a Club) – $65.00
  • Adult Club Member – $60.00
  • Junior 16 to 19 years of age – $20.00
  • Youth 15 and Under – $15.00

“It was a difficult but ultimately necessary decision, said Duncan Wood, Chair of Triathlon BC. With escalating costs seen across a broad spectrum, and because we elected not to impose an approved fee increase in 2009, the membership fees had to reflect the sweeping increases the Association has seen over the last 5 years.  The new fees will allow us to remain at the top of the Canadian sport delivery system, and will allow us to continue with our programming efforts.”

About Triathlon BC

Triathlon BC is the provincial governing body, dedicated to the growth, development and promotion of Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquathon and Winter Triathlon for all athletes, regardless of skill or age. Learn More about Triathlon BC at: www.tribc.org. Follow Triathlon BC on FaceBook and Twitter.