Challenge Penticton Names Board of Directors

9/7/2012

The City of Penticton announced on Thursday that a Challenge Penticton Board has been established.

The ten person board consists of prior triathletes, community representatives, medical and first nations representatives and tourism.

Paul McCann, a local businessman and long distance triathlon race finisher has been named as chair of the governing Penticton Triathlon Race Society volunteer board.

Directors were chosen for their varied background: Chris Hawkins (athlete), Paulette Rennie (finance), Gord Ferguson (tourism), Steve Hardwicke (medical), Annette Antoniak (City of Penticton), Chief Jonathan Kruger (Penticton Indian Band), Andre Martin (community at-large) and Diana Stirling (community at-large).

Challenge Family CEO Felix Walchshofer will also hold an ex officio position on the board of directors.

McCann says there will be one major difference between Challenge Penticton and Ironman Canada.

"Net proceeds will remain with our not for profit society for the benefit of the community"

The first step for the Board will be to hire a race director and GM says McCann.

"We know what we're looking for in a successful candidate and once we have that we will go out not only to the community at large but the wider triathlon group and make sure we have the right person, the best person to lead this race for us"

More than 1,000 people have already registered for the race including more than 70 teams.

Anita Sthankiya -Penticton

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