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Below is a listing of Athletics Ontario staff and their contact information:

Paul Osland, Chief Executive Officer

Paul has been a competitive athlete in the sport of athletics for a number of years. He was a member of the Canadian National team (1987-1992) at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games and many other international events. He currently holds the Ontario Open Indoor 600m record, which he set back in 1985.

Paul brings a wide-range of experience in business development and corporate experience combined with his entrepreneurial venture capital experience, and these skills will help him drive the continued development and promotion of athletics in Ontario. Additionally, he has 25 plus years of progressively responsible leadership roles in both the business world and athletics community.

Anthony Biggar, Manager, Programs and Services

Anthony is an active member in the running community and is the Head Coach for the Seneca College cross country team. As an All-Canadian for the University of Toronto, he won 7 medals at the CIS Championships, and became the OTFA Indoor 800m Champion in 1993. Anthony’s active and energetic past speaks for itself.

Responsible for the design, delivery and support of AO programs and services, Anthony aims to explore methods to expand membership benefits. Promoting and encouraging underrepresented groups in athletics (road running, para athletics, race walk) to participate from the grassroots level through to a high performance level, Anthony is determined to engage new communities and clubs across the Province.

AO Duties:

Volunteer Program development, Registration Process improvement, Club Development and improvement (Club Excellence Standards), Coaches and Official development, Development Camp opportunities.

Randolph Fajardo, Competitions & Technical Specifications Manager

Randolph is a former national caliber sprinter. He is a multiple Ontario Universities Athletics All-Star recipient and a two-time First Team All-Canadian.

Randolph brings a diverse knowledge of computer programming, software platforms and photo timing to his role. In addition to his expertise with managing the AC Direct database system for entries and results – he has assisted in the coordination and delivery of Athletics Ontario events, including National Qualifier meets, Provincial Championships and the Ontario Summer Games.

In his spare time, Randolph spends time rock climbing and mountain biking.

AO Duties:

Para Athlete integration, Athlete Membership ranking system, Championship planning and delivery, Facility Compliance Matrix and Equipment program.

Kolton Kowalchuk, High Performance Manager

Kolton brings experience with high performance management to AO from his previous role with Golf Canada where he was the primary point of contact for 25 high performance athletes. He spent four years at Carleton University, where he played for the Raven’s men’s golf team, heading up that team as Captain in his final two years.

AO Duties:

Manages all aspects of the Athletics Ontario high performance programs including Quest for Gold and Team Ontario (OHPSI).  He is also responsible for maintaining and updating the Athletics Ontario high performance strategy to ensure Ontario athletes and coaches have the best opportunities to succeed on a national and international level.

Emily Sitarz, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Emily brings experience in brand management, event coordination, marketing and social media to this role and this positions her well to promote athletics across the province. Emily has a long standing history with AO, having been a competitive member from 2010-2014. She spent six years at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, and participating as a member of the women’s cross country and track teams for four of those years. Prior to joining AO, she worked as an athletic marketing assistant across 13 NCAA Division I sports in the Southland Conference.

 

AO Duties:

Developing AO’s brand identity, generating awareness of all AO programs, services and current news through communication tools, managing community outreach and partnership development. She also leads AO’s social media/web strategy, and effectively leverages social media to build communities and engage new athletes, volunteers and donors.

Sheryl Preston, Road & Trail Running Coordinator

Sheryl brings with her years of experience in the rowing, running and coaching communities. Sheryl represented Canada for seven years as part of Rowing Canada, earning silver at the 2009 World Championships and two World Cup bronze medals. Since, she has discovered the strength and unity that running brings to communities and people after participating in over 19 marathons and ultra marathons across North America, and as a member of multiple running clubs and groups.

With extensive knowledge and connections in the road and trail running communities, Sheryl is helping to build bridges in running communities between runners of all levels, coaches, clubs and race directors.

AO Duties:

Road and trail community engagement, road and trail AO/OMA running series development and organization, race sanctioning and insurance, and coordinator of the annual AO Race Director Summit.

Shehara Vanniasinkam, Office Manager

Shehara brings with her years of experience in bookkeeping and administrative management.

AO Duties:

Bookkeeping, various administrative duties.

John Stevenson, Director, Coaching Development

John is a coach with London Western Track and Field Club and the Head Coach for the Centennial College Colts Cross Country team. He is a graduate of the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario’s Advanced Coaching Diploma and is a certified Learning Facilitator.

AO Duties:

John is tasked with responsibilities including, but not limited to: team staff selection, athlete selection, planning and execution of Team Ontario events.  John will also be responsible for managing the development of the Athletics Ontario NCCP coach development portfolio.

John’s role is strategic, he is the Lead Learning Facilitator and Coach Evaluator and has worked on developing the Online Foundations of Coaching and Canada Summer Games Coaching modules in conjunction with the National Coaches Committee.

Saheed Khan, Coaching Coordinator

Saheed has been involved in the sport of athletics for many years.  As an athlete, Saheed has experience competing on provincial teams and competing for Canada at the NACAC Cross Country Championships in 2009, 2012, 2014 and the I.A.A.F. World Cross Country Championships in 2009. Saheed has experience as a club coach and as a provincial team coach. 

AO Duties:

Help assess, coordinate, and provide clear steps to coaches to complete their Athletics Coaching certification pathways, coordinates the hosting of NCCP Athletics Ontario Coaching Education Courses, coordinates the updates for Athletics Ontario Coaches NCCP Locker accounts, provides reminders and updates on professional development coaching education opportunities.

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