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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, Director, Member Services, Programs and Development

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, Manager, Competitions, Technical Specification & Logistics

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.

Brendan Cole, Manager, High Performance

Prior to joining AO, Brendan gained valuable experience working in a variety of sport backgrounds including track and field, USA Bobsled and Skeleton, Athletics Australia, Gymnastics Australia, Netball Australia, Australian Institute of Sport, ALTIS (elite track and field training center), and World Athletics Center Australia. His experience encompasses the roles of athlete, coach, program manager and soft tissue therapist, all at the Olympic level.

Brendan had a decorated career as an athlete, having earned the achievements of 2006 Commonwealth Games Finalist, 2009 World Universiade Games Gold Medalist, 2010 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist, and 2012 Olympic semi-finalist in the 400m Hurdles and 4x400m Relay.

Cole has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science (Exercise Science) from Australian Catholic University, and a Masters Degree in Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) from Edith Cowan University. Additionally, he has completed his diploma in Health Science (Remedial Massage) from Victoria University, and Professional Pilates (Rehabilitation) from Polestar Pilates, and is in the process of obtaining a Graduate Diploma of Arts in Philosophy from the University of New England.

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.

Sheryl Preston, Associate Manager, Trail & Road Running

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 20+ 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 to foster the continued growth in the participation of our sport.

AO Duties:

Road and trail community engagement; Trillium Running Series development and organization; race sanctioning and insurance; organizer of the yearly Race Director Summit, and the producer of our new Trillium Running Podcast.

Shehara Vanniasinkam, Manager, Finance & Operations

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

AO Duties:

Bookkeeping, various administrative duties.

Saheed Khan, Athlete, Coach & Officials Development 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.

Nicholas D'Alessandro, Communications, and Administration Consultant

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Stephanie Hovdestad, Operations and Administration Consultant

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