Irina Souiki – President
Irina is a software development manager, mom of two teenage boys and lover of all things triathlon who hasn’t stopped looking for that race that will make her think twice about signing up again. She was always active as a kid, be it climbing trees or spending afternoons on the roof of her house, eventually settling into playing volleyball as a setter because she was too short to jump above the net to smash the ball. In University, her focus shifted to martial arts and most particularly Taekwon-Do which she practiced for over 10 years, competing occasionally.
In 2009 she discovered distance running and a new high in racing with thousands of other like minded people. She raced 5Ks to Marathons and everything in between, then fell in love with triathlons. After completing a few Olympic distances and the mighty Muskoka 70.3 in 2013, Irina conquered the full Ironman distance in 2014 at Mt. Tremblant.
Irina is very active on social media and is always enthusiastic about creating new working relationships and friendships. She took on the role of President for FMCT in the hope of re-energizing the club and bringing more people together in their quest for fitness and finding fun in swimming, biking and running. She is looking forward to meeting old and new members and sharing her journey with those willing to take part in it.
Carey McDonald – Vice President
This busy guy used to be an archaeologist and a bookstore manager (how cool is that!). He caught the fitness bug about 8 years ago, and stretched that into his first triathlon in 2014. Despite the busy schedule that comes with having a full family of 3 sons and 1 wife, he continues competing in triathlons from Sprint distances to 70.3, which culminated his 2015 season at the Niagara Falls Barrelman.
Mellen is a seasonal resident of Ontario, spending winters in B.C. as a professional snowboard instructor.
After years of travelling between hemispheres to chase winter with her snowboards (and a pair of running shoes for fitness), Mellen returned to having summers after meeting a fellow ski instructor with an established summer career. At a loss for a summer activity, she was introduced to triathlon by the same cousin who introduced her to snowboarding in the 90’s. Looking to improve her swimming, Mellen was pointed towards FMCT and joined in 2014.
Through the training opportunities, friendships, and support from FMCT and fellow club members she’s improved greatly across all 3 disciplines, and credits her FMCT friends with her podium finishes and 2nd place in the Triathlon Ontario Long Course series in 2016.
Zindine Souiki – Membership Coordinator
Proof that peer pressure can be a great thing in the right situation – Zin got into triathlons because his wife Irina was doing them. By his own admission he was never a strong swimmer – but if you have been to any of the pool workouts over the past few months you wouldn’t believe it, he is splish-splashing like a pro! In 2015 his focus was to improve his PB in the 70.3 distance and is now preparing to complete Ironman Mt. Tremblant in 2016.
Samantha is a mother of two boys who are growing faster than she can believe, one getting ready to take Driver’s Ed., and the other, about to enter his teens. She has been at home raising her family for the last 9 years, and has just embarked on a career in Marketing. During that time with her family, she held a variety of volunteer roles including School Council Chair, and Fundraiser(-er?). She is also very active in the Scouting Community and volunteers with them weekly, teaching youth to love the active outdoor skills she knows and loves.
Around 2007, Samantha decided it was time to change her activity level. During a visit with her sister- a runner, a lightbulb went off. “I was unhappy with where I was, and I was always envious of others who ran and exercised- why be envious? There is nothing stopping me. No one was going to tell me it was my time, I just had to do it.”
From that moment on, Samantha hasn’t stopped. She started with a 5k race and worked her way up to half marathons. On her 40th birthday she set a goal to go on a women’s- only backcountry hike. She and a trusted friend, hiked a 7 day-100 km trail through Killarney provincial park. That has been her most difficult and most rewarding challenge yet.
From the beginning, always on a runner’s high, she felt like a triathlon would be the ultimate goal. So, after some encouragement from a good friend, she joined FMCT, and completed her first Sprint. She knows now, this will be a new way of life for her, and won’t stop at one, there are too many distances to enjoy and so many great people to meet.