Triathlon BC is hosting an appreciation barbeque with the Kelowna Apple Triathlon during the Expo event on July 6 form 11:30am – 5:00pm.
The appreciation event aims to offer an opportunity for members of the triathlon community to socialize, connect and celebrate their sport. Food will be available by donation and any proceeds raised from food will go towards supporting the development of Triathlon BC’s programs and initiatives.
Attracting close to 18,000 annual participants, Triathlon BC is the governing body responsible for assisting in sanctioning over 50 multisport events across the province. Our mandate includes developing certified (NCCP) coaches, accrediting field of play officials and preparing high-performance athletes for the rigours of national and international competition.
Triathlon BC will also be hosting a small raffle. The raffle will be open during the expo hours on both Friday and Saturday. All proceeds from the raffle will support the development of Triathlon BC’s programs and initiatives. The raffle draw will take place during the athlete briefing on Saturday July 6 between 4-5:00pm.
Triathlon BC will be taking the opportunity to recognize some significant contributors to the Okanagan Valley triathlon community. The following individuals will be recognized at the during Saturday’s athlete briefing at City Park.
Laura Medcalf – Community Builder:
Laura Medcalf is an avid cyclist, triathlete, coach, race director and community leader in the city of Vernon. She has formed a triathlon club, TriMonsters, focused on youth and has assisted in the development of a number of high performing athletes. Her mission of using sport to develop really amazing humans and drive for collaboration in the Okanagan has created a hotbed of young, fast and eager athletes.
Laura has a passion for sports, competition and the role it plays in creating a happy, active lifestyle for both her family and community. When not coaching, cycling, swimming, running and leading her community, Laura can be found taking advantage of the amazing opportunities that the Okanagan valley outdoor recreation offers.
As a full-time coach and community leader, Laura works with a variety of different organizations and shares her passion for sports. She has worked with Triathlon BC to lead initiatives for both BC and Canada Summer Games. Laura is a trained triathlon coach learning facilitator and helps to develop coaches in the Okanagan Region. She has also worked with many different swimming and cycling organizations in the province.
Triathlon BC is proud to recognize the work that Laura has done in creating, developing and fostering Triathlon in the community of Vernon.
Steve King – Lifetime Achievement:
Steve King is most widely recognized as the voice of Triathlon. His ability to recall race splits, statistics, facts, figures and athlete tidbits has made him one of the most distinguished voices in race announcing. Steve has traveled the world to call races, being broadcast on CBC, CTV and TSN, announcing an endless number of events across the globe, including the Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games, several ITU World Triathlon Championships, the World Police and Fire Games, the Ironman World Championships, several Ironman and Ultraman events and Challenge Roth.
However, Steve is much more than just a man behind a microphone. Steve is a volunteer, race director, former club director and trail blazer for endurance sport in the community of Penticton. In the early 1980’s, he founded the Penticton Pounders running club, and was involved in organizing the city’s first triathlon in 1983, the Peach Classic Triathlon, celebrated its 35th anniversary, and is itself, one of the longest running triathlon events in BC. Steve was also one of the first organizers and volunteers involved in the International Ultra Triathlon. This event later became known as Ironman Canada. His love for endurance sport is infectious and his contribution to his sport community is outstanding.
As an avid athlete himself, Steve has held six national age group records in triathlon, has raced at the Ironman and Ultraman triathlons and has been a member of Canada’s national 100km team. In 1997 he was the first BC runner to finish in the BC Marathon Championships and had outright wins in the Kamloops 50km and the Haney to Harrison 100km events.
Triathlon BC is pleased to recognize Steve’s lifetime of contribution to the sport of Triathlon.