Sask Athletics

Sask Athletics is the Prov Sport Governing Body for track & field, cross country, road racing and a branch of Athletics Canada.

2017 - 2018 Board of Directors


Grant Van Eaton - President 

Hometown - Regina
Occupation - Director of Service Excellence with the Workers Compensation Board
Tell us about yourself -
I am currently the President and General Manager for Excel Athletika Track and Field in Regina.  I have been involved in track and field in one manner or another for years.  I have competed as a Masters athlete in track and field, road racing and marathons over the past ten years.  I have also been involved with Provincial track and field teams on numerous occasions as a manager.


Dean Bertoia- Past President 
Hometown - Saskatoon
Occupation - Teacher
Tell us about yourself - I have been involved in Athletics since 1991 and 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.


Darwin Roske - 1st Vice President
Hometown - Regina
Occupation - Retired
Tell us about yourself - I started volunteering in 1998 when my kids joined the Wheat City Track Club. That translated into my being an official at the horizontal pits not only for club meets but also Summer Games, Canada Games and Canadian Masters. I have served on the Board/Executive of Excel Athletika for 7 years as President, Vice President and currently as Past President.


Tait Nystuen - Vice President Finance 
Hometown - Regina
Occupation - Accountant
Tell us about yourself - To give back for all of the support and opportunities given to me during my time as an athlete.  I also got involved in order to give younger and elite athletes a voice at the board level.


Ron Poetker - Vice President Excellence 
Hometown - Prince Albert
Occupation - Coach, Official & Retired Educator
Tell us about yourself - I have spent my teaching career in Prince Albert in the secondary school system.  Of course that spilt over into coaching with high school teams as well as club teams over the past 30 years.  Currently, I am Head Coach of PA Athletics track and a level 4 track official and photo finish official.  You can often find him at the track either as an official or at an event coaching athletes.


Kevin Kitchen - Vice President Participation 
Hometown - Kamsack
Occupation - Teacher
Tell us about yourself -  I was a track and field athlete as a student and have been involved in high school and club track and field as a coach for the past decade.  I enjoy the administrative side of athletics as much as the competition.  Being a small town boy my entire life, I like the opportunity to be the voice of rural Saskatchewan.


Dale Lawrence - VP Capacity/Interaction 
Hometown - Melfort
Occupation - Retired Teacher
Tell us about yourself -  I am a retired teacher who recently moved to Melfort.  I previously coached high school track and field for thirty-four years.  I have officiated with Sask Athletics for over twenty years and am a Level 4 Track Umpire.  Recently, I have also been competing in the Master Track and Field category


Karen Wharington
Hometown - North Battleford
Occupation - CMA, CPA
Tell us about yourself - I am the Head Coach of the North Battleford Legion Track Club and have been coaching for 18 years.  I have coordinated the SOLE-stice meet in North Battleford for the last 3 years and I'm working on my level 3 officiating.  I currently work part-time for several businesses in North Battleford.  I am looking forward to working with the Board of Sask Athletics.


Cora Andreas 
- Naicam
Occupation - Teacher
Tell us about yourself - I am very thankful to have track and field as a huge part of my life and I am a proud U of S Track and Field Alumni.  Currently I am a Level 5 Throws officials and help coach Grade 1-12 students in Naicam School.  I am excited learn and contribute with a new role in Sask Athletics.


Laura Young 
Hometown - Saskatoon
Occupation - Admin Assistant, U of Saskatchewan, Manager Saskatoon Track & Field, Asst Executive Director Knights of Columbus Indoor Games
Why did you get involved? - I became involved because I wanted to learn more about track and field on a different level from the club aspect.


Reila Bird 

Hometown - Regina
Occupation - First Nations and Metis Education Coordinator - Prairie Valley School Division
Tell us about yourself - Athletics has been a part of my life for twenty-five years.  As a former athlete, coach and parent of an athlete, I believe that my experience and passion for athletics will contribute nicely to the Sask Athletics Board.  I appreciate this opportunity to share my knowledge and support our local track and field athletes.


Tina Cadrain
Hometown - Saskatoon
Occupation - Special Education Consultant
Tell us about yourself - Athletics is a passion of mine.  I competed at the provincial level in high school and then as a U of S Huskie.  I am currently a masters athlete, competing primarily in half marathons and marathons.  I am grateful for the opportunity to volunteer with an organization that is as passionate about athletics as I am. 

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