The Whistler Club is run by a dedicated team of volunteers, who all have a passion for triathlon. The committee meets once a month and input from our members is always encouraged. If you have anything you wish to discuss, contact the Club Secretary via
President: Kristian Manietta
Kristian first came to Whistler in the 90s as a young Australian Professional Snowboarder, in what now seems like a lifetime ago! After finishing up his snowboard career in 2002, he and his wife Charlotte fell deep into triathlon. Kristian started his own triathlon coaching business (TriSpecific) and raced everything from sprint distances to Ironman, qualifying for Kona twice with two sub 9 finishes. Charlotte had a short but successful professional career. They moved to the Australian triathlon mecca of Noosa where their training could thrive.
In 2014 Kristian's family moved back to Whistler with their then 3-year-old son on a 'one year' adventure.
Three years on, Whistler is the place they call home. Kristian has fallen in love with mountain life; ultramarathons, ski touring and ripping around the mountain on boards, bikes or skis with his son.
Vice President - Dean Eggleton
Hailing from Sydney, Australia but now a permanent resident of Canada. Deans love for endurance sports stretches back to primary school but after taking a hiatus whilst traveling the world through his 20's, living in the mountains drew him back into the sport and its community. Relatively new to triathlons, Dean is looking forward to making it a lifelong passion and getting ingrained in and growing and developing sports & healthy lifestyle in the Sea to Sky community.
Treasurer - Struan Kilgour
Struan came to Whistler as a ski bum/ski instructor back in 2005 and while today no longer a ski bum still dreams of being one when he hits retirement.
Never really having swam, biked or ran, Struan was 'tricked' into signing up for Ironman Canada after going to watch the final hour of the race back in 2013. Beware, that last hour of the race is a seriously inspirational event. If you are worried that attending it will accidentally turn you into a triathlete then don't go, otherwise get down there and see what all the fuss is about.
Struan now swims, bikes and runs. Not so fast, but getting faster...
Secretary - Karen Norton
Karen has been in living the dream in Whistler since 2010 and dove into all the outdoor adventuring this town has to offer. After a few summers of Obstacle Course racing and ultra-running, she switched gears to triathlon in 2015 and hasn’t looked back. When she's not training for her next race, Karen can be found camping or ski touring.
Race Director - Dale Tiessen
Dale is relatively new to living in Whistler, but is quickly diving into community and all it has to offer. He self-identifies as @corporate_manolescent on Instagram, which really describes the double life he leads. Living life to the fullest with all Whistler has to offer is punctuated by weeks in Toronto working for the man. He came to Whistler to ski and bike, but has been bitten again by the triathlon bug after competing in 2017 for the 1st time in 20 years. In a past life, and town, he was the President of a local bike club and has been a race director for several BC Cup XC and CX races. He is keen to bring some of that experience to the Whistler Triathlon Club!
Events - Jimmy Barrett
Jimmy followed the snow to Whistler BC in 2007, fell in love with the lifestyle and in 2017 migrated the short distance north to live in Pemberton. He competed in his first Noosa triathlon over 15 years ago and has been active in the sport ever since. This culminated in representing Australia at the ITU world championships in Sprint and Olympic distance in 2014 and over the Long Course distance in 2016. In 2017 he raced in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Jimmy followed his love of being active and healthy into a career as a Personal Trainer, Graduating from the Australian Institute of Fitness in 2005 and working in the industry for a number of years. He is enthusiastic about contributing to uniting and growing the triathlon community in and around Whistler.