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
Why did you get involved? 
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
Why did you get involved? 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
Why did you get involved? 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
Why did you get involved? 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.


Harvey Weber - Vice President Excellence 
Hometown - Tisdale (born in Wadena)
Occupation - Tisdale Middle & Secondary School Teacher & Coach
Why did you get involved? - Many years ago, past Executive Director, Alex Johnstone, asked me to run for a board position. Since then, I have been a board member, President and Past President of Sask Athletics. I find being involved with the Sask Athletics Board has given me many incredible experiences that I have learned a great deal from over the past 9 years.


Frances Hilderman- Vice President Participation 
Hometown - Regina
Occupation - Project Manager, Sask Power, Sessional Lecturer, First Nations University Canada
Why did you get involved? - A former athlete with a desire to get back into the sport and support the development of underrepresented groups in Athletics.


Dale Lawrence - VP Capacity/Interaction 
Hometown - Melfort
Occupation - Retired Teacher
Why did you get involved?  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


Brent Hetterley 
Hometown - Regina
Occupation - Area Process Coordinator
Why did you get involved? As a parent of a track athlete, I looked at this as my opportunity to better understand the organization and to "give back" something to the organization that my son is involved with.


Lloyd Howey 
- 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.


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.


Mandy Molder 
Hometown - Handel
Occupation - Registered Nurse 
Why did you get involved? Track and Field was an integral part of my life for many years. It provided me the opportunity to travel, meet people from across the country and establish life long relationships with people with similar goals and interests. Having the opportunity to work in sport administration and see sport from the ‘other’ side of that of an athlete made me appreciate all of the hard work and effort required to allow me the opportunities I was fortunate to have. Now that I have a son participating in Track and Field at the club level, it’s a good time to get involved.


Reila Bird 
Hometown - Regina
Occupation - First Nations and Metis Education Coordinator - Prairie Valley School Division
Why did you get involved? 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.


Kevin Kitchen 
Hometown - Canora
Occupation - Teacher for Good Spirit School Division
Why did you get involved? Having recently completed a four-year term on the SHSAA Provincial Executive, I really enjoyed working as a team while growing sports and athletics in our province for student athletes.  While serving on the Executive, I was the leader of the Track and Field Sport Advisory Group for four years.  I have coached school track and field in Preeceville, Invermay and now Kamsack for the past 10 years and co-coach the Kamsack Track and Field Club with my wife, Chantel.

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