Board & Committee Members

Mike Adair

Mike is a journeyman woodworker and part time junior development coach for the Norwesters Track and Field club. He has been an athlete with Norwesters since the age of 10 and continues to compete in running, jumping, and throwing events. Through his high school years he was a member of the Norwesters middle distance group coached by Frank Reynolds. Mike has participated in The Whistler Spirit Run and is now excited to be involved with the The Spirit Run directly and is eager to help continue to build Franks vision and dream of a world class event.

 

Linda Bakk

Linda Bakk qualified as an exercise specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine. Bakk is an expert in the fitness leadership and cardiac rehabilitation fields, and aided in the implementation of the Cardiac Rehabilitiation Program at Lion’s Gate Hospital. Bakk is dedicated to promoting health and fitness in the community, and helping to realize the vision of her late partner Frank Reynolds- to bring an annual world class track event to Whistler in order to promote amateur sport in Canada. Presently, Bakk also works as a certified exercise physiologist for the Healthy Heart Program.

 

Markus Bill

Markus Bill has extensive experience in the sporting goods industry. Markus has been involved in the organization of major sporting events as well as organizing tours to international events including marathons, Olympic games, track and field and cross-country championships. After moving back to Vancouver from Switzerland, he was responsible for the overall implementation of some of the Landmark Group Pacific events, which included the Vancouver Sun Run, the Vancouver Sun Jerome Track Classic, the Vancouver In-Line Skating Festival and the Vancouver Canucks Fan Appreciation Day Celebrations. Markus is now Part-Owner of Prime Travel/International Sports Tours Ltd., a travel agency & tour operating company in West Vancouver specializing in Switzerland, Europe and worldwide Sports Tours. He is a father of three children who are heavily involved in Track and Field and Cross Country Running.

 

Peter Diemer

Peter is an experienced entertainment, marketing, media, & technology executive with global experience and perspective. He has a long-term and excellent track record in promoting, developing, and growing world-class brands. Diemer has a unique combination of skills, depth of knowledge, relationships and a very clear understanding of the changing landscape and new business models.

He also has a degree in Television, Stage and Radio Arts, from S.A.I.T. (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) in Calgary, Alberta. Diemer has been actively involved with various music and arts organizations, including The Juno Awards, Business for The Arts – Vancouver and is also a past Board Member of the Norwesters Track and Field Club and the Chair of the Marketing and Sponsorship Committee for the Achilles Track and Field Society.

Gouya Fajri

Gouya is an accountant with Galloway Botteselle & Company. He is currently articling to become a Chartered Professional Accountant. He received his Diploma in Financial Management and his Bachelor’s in Accounting from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He has lived on the North Shore for the past 15 years. Gouya loves the outdoors and is a big fan of skiing and snowboarding.

 

Chris Johnson

Chris is a teacher and coach at St. George’s School. During his time at St. George’s, his cross country and track and field teams have captured 7 provincial team titles. In addition to coaching at St. George’s, Chris is the head endurance coach for the Vancouver Thunderbirds Track and Field Club and an assistant coach for the UBC Cross Country and Track and Field teams. He was recently selected as a Canadian national team coach at the 2013 Chiba International Ekiden Relay in Japan. As a member of the Achilles International Track and Field Society, Chris has served as the technical director for the Harry Jerome Track Classic. He has also been on the executive for BC High School cross country and track and field. Chris is passionate about distance running and looks forward to being a part of the growth and development of the Whistler Spirit Run.

 

Anuja Jumani

Anuja Jumani is an avid supporter of sports and fitness in the community. Anuja ran on the Track and Field team in high school, and now enjoys running, hiking, and staying active. She loves the outdoors and hopes to hike as many trails in BC as she can. Anuja is also part of a dance team that showcases various styles of dance including bollywood, bhangra, hip hop, salsa and ballet. By day, Anuja is a Chartered Accountant. She receiver her Bachelor of Commerce from UBC in 2008, articled at KPMG and is now a Financial Analyst at Teekay Shipping.

 

Steve O’Neill

Steve has a long history of involvement and volunteering with the track and field community. For ten years he served with the NorWesters Track and Field Club as a Board member, and as their President. He helped organize their Club meets, responsible for overseeing meet entries and the photo finish and results. During the day, Steve is active in the residential development industry, and consults on projects throughout the Lower Mainland. Personally, Steve is married and has four adult children.

 

Andrea Reynolds

Sports and running have been an integral part of Andrea’s life since she was very young when she would often run in community races, participate on school sports teams and play in the local soccer league. Andrea continues to be very involved in the soccer community in Vancouver playing with Van City FC in the Vancouver Metro Women’s Soccer League and on various Urban Rec teams. Andrea is a firm believer in the power of sport to build communities and inspire youth. She received her Bachelor of Commerce from UBC in 2008 and has since been working in post-secondary education.

 

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith has been competing in Athletics for 13 years. She had a very successful collegiate career competing for and recently graduating with academic honours from Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC) and became a multiple NAIA National Champion and All-American.

Some of her most notable performances include Pan Am Juniors (Brazil), World Junior championships (Poland), NACAC U23 (Florida), and in 2012 she had the honour of representing Canada at the London Olympic Games in the 800m. She surpassed her expectations by progressing out of the heats and competing in the semi-finals. 2012 became a breakthrough year as she learned to race at the highest level and manage the stress and challenges that come with it. She is one of only 5 women in Canadian history to break the 2 minute barrier in the 800m.

Besides her focus on school, training, and competing at a high level she has also been closely working with youth in the community. She has tutored children at elementary schools who need assistance in improving their literacy skills as well as coaching students to provide them with the fundamental skills of track and field. Volunteering with the Special Olympics club has also proven to be a rewarding experience and has also been asked on several occasions to share her story with track clubs, businesses and high school students.

 

Chris Winter

Chris is an elite Middle Distance runner who competed for the Speed River Track and Field Club based out of Guelph, Ontario. Winter grew up in North Vancouver where at 9 years old he joined the Norwesters Track and Field Club, coached by Frank Reynolds. He continued to train with Norwesters throughout high school until graduation, where he received a scholarship to attend the University of Oregon. Chris competed for the Ducks on both their track and field and cross country teams and in 2009 he won the PAC-10 Steeplechase Title.

After graduation he continued to compete at an international level, representing Canada at the 2013 World Track and Field Championships, 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

In addition to his athletic pursuits, Chris graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Marketing. Since retiring from elite competition Chris has taken a role with BC Athletics as their Technical Manager of Track & Field.

 

Gillian Wright

Gillian Wright is a physical education teacher at Southpointe Academy in Tsawwassen, BC. As a former Norwesters athlete, coached by the late Frank Reynolds, Gillian pursued her own passion for running beyond high school competing for the University of Victoria and BC Provincial teams. Her passion for coaching and volunteering in the sport of Cross Country and Track and Field, stem from the influence Frank Reynolds had on her own running career. In addition to her school coaching commitments, Gillian is a member of the BC High School Track & Field Commission responsible for organizing the provincial championships for 1500+ student athletes each year. Gillian has been volunteering at the Whistler Spirit Run since its inception and is excited to be apart of the Spirit Run Committee to help further develop Frank ‘s vision and passion for running.

 

Society Members

 

Barry Adams

Barry retired as a high school teacher,counsellor, and coach after a long career with the Vancouver School Board. He has been a competitive runner for over 50 years and competed at all levels including representing Canada. He has experience as a director and volunteer at the club and provincial level working on runs and meets . Barry was a close friend of Frank Reynolds since high school and is dedicated to keeping Frank’s vision of coaching alive through the Whistler Spirit Run. Barry is married and has one son.

 

Jim Douglas

Jim Douglas has been very active in youth sports, specifically Youth soccer and minor hockey in a number of BC communities, as his work in the hotel industry has taken him and his family to many communities in British Columbia. Jim has participated on a number of Tourism and Chamber of Commerce boards, and is committed to the development of a tangible legacy for youth outside the mainstream sports connected to the legacy of our new world class Olympic venues, such as The Olympic Park. Jim is married with one adult daughter, still active in recreational hockey, and enjoys cross country running.

 

Iain Fisher

Iain, a retired teacher and coach (thirty-four years with the Burnaby School Board) has been a competitive athlete all his life and is an Athletics Canada Level V international official having worked at the start line of the 1994 Commonwealth Games, Victoria, and 2001 IAAF World Athletics Championships, Edmonton. He is married with two adult children.

 

Thelma Wright

Two time Olympic 1500m runner, Thelma Wright competed for Canada all through the 70’s winning Commonwealth, Pan Am and International Cross Country medals. She has spent close to 40 years teaching and coaching students and athletes of all ages ‘to be the best that they can be’. With cross country running her passion, as well as being on the WSR Board, Wright is currently the Alumni Co-ordinator for Athletics Canada and also a member of the IAAF Cross Country Committee and Pan Am Cross Country Commission. Inducted into both the UBC and BC Sports Hall of Fames as well as a recipient of a Queens Jubilee Commemorative Medal and YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, Wright presently is an Instructor in the School of Kinesiology at UBC.