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We'd like to introduce you to our 2012-2013 Board members
Alan Sharp - President
Hometown - Yorkton
Occupation - Superintendent of Program Development, Good Spirit School Division
Why did you get involved? - My kids have been involved in track and field since 1999 and have reaped the benefits of the sport. I felt by joining the board of Sask Athletics, I would be able to "give something back".
Harvey Weber - Past President
Hometown - Melfort (born in Wadena)
Occupation - Science, Health & Media Studies Teacher - Tisdale Middle & Secondary School
Why did you get involved? - I choose to be a board member after a lot of coaxing from past Executive Director, Alex Johnstone. I was a board member in the late '80's as an athlete representative. Alex said my knowledge as a past athlete, present coach and present official would be a benefit to Saskatchewan Athletics. I have served on the SA board for 6 years
Kerry Avery - 1st Vice President - Personnel
Hometown - Regina
Occupation - Consultant - Finance
Why did you get involved? - I first got involved in Track & Field when my daughter joined the Harriers several years ago. I served as treasurer for the Harriers and I have been the treasurer for Excel Athletika since its inception. I was actively involved in the amalgamation of the three Regina clubs. I believe that athletics is a sport that has something to offer to all ages and abilities. I am looking forward to exploring different opportunities for marketing and promoting our sport with the goal of increasing membership and participation.
Bev Johnson - Vice President Finance
Hometown - Hanley
Occupation - Chartered Accountant Business Advisor
Why did you get involved? - I had started as an official and was interested in how the organization worked. I hoped my skills would allow me to make a contribution at the board level.
Erica Gasmo - Vice President Participation
Hometown - Saskatoon (born and raised in Naicam)
Occupation - Physical therapist - working in the private orthopedic sector
Why did you get involved? - To learn more about how the sport of Athletics is organized, and to help aid in any way to provide input towards access and opportunity for athletes, coaches and officials in the sport of Athletics
Bob Edwards - Vice President Capacity/Interaction
Hometown - Buchanan (originally Chatham, Kent, England)
Occupation - retired teacher, substitute teacher
Why did you get involved? - I have coached and officiated at the High School level for over 45 years. I have competed as a master athlete for 8 years and officiated as well. I hope to help promote both the sport and the Association so that others can benefit from them as much as I have. I'm particularly interested in seeing high school athletes becoming lifelong athletes through competition, officiating and coaching. I would like high school athletes to see the sport beyond the high school version.
Doug Medernach - VP Excellence
Hometown - Winnipeg, MB
Occupation - Wheat Quality Screening Technician, University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre
Why did you get involved - I am a Level 4 Throws Official and a Level 4 Throws Coach. I have coached with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies for 17 years as well as with Riversdale Athletics. I am on the board to improve everybody`s experience in the sport of track and field.
Hometown - Saskatoon
Occupation - Supervisor - Federal Government
Why did you get involved? - I was asked to consider having my name put forward to be on the board, so that is when I first thought about being a board member. It seemed like it would be a good opportunity to learn more about how Sask Athletics operates, be involved in the operations of Sask Athletics and hopefully make a difference in Sask Athletics with my input.
Hometown - Saskatoon
Occupation - Director of Housing, FSIN
Why did you get involved? Over the last decade, I have devoted much energy to promoting and implementing youth programs with a focus on developing Athletics in First Nation and Metis communities. As a member of the Saskatoon Sport Council Board of Directors and the Athletics Coordinator for Team Sask at the North American Indigenous Games, I recognize the positive role sport can play in fostering healthy and active life-style choices while developing character and skills fundamental for success in all areas of life.
Occupation - Teacher
Why did you get involved? - I have been involved in Athletics since 1991and currently I am the head coach of the Saskatoon Track and Field Club. I have been involved in Athletics at every level from elementary, high school, university to internationally as a coach and an athlete.
Hometown - Regina
Occupation - Manager - Service Desk, CGI
Why did you get involved? - I have been involved at the Board level of other sports organizations as well as coaching. As my son is involved in Track & Field, I wanted to be involved, and felt that my diverse experiences may help to grow the program in Saskatchewan and beyond.
Hometown - Greenwater Lake Provincial Park
Occupation - Retired teacher/principal
Why did you get involved? I coached athletics during most of my teaching career and have had the privilege of working with a number of exceptional people/athletes. I also served as a board member in the early '80's and recently had my arm twisted by some current and past members (who also reminded me I didn't do a very good job the first time around, so I should try to make amends).
Hometown - Saskatoon
Occupation - Retired school administrator
Why did you get involved? I have been involved in track and field in some capacity for 50 years as an athlete, coach, official and an administrator. After retiring from the education field I successfully competed for the Executive Director position for Sask Athletics. Along with being a former Board member of Sask Sport and The Bob Adams Foundation I feel I can bring a variety of experiences and perspectives to the Sask Athletics Board.