After Les Pereira stepped down as president of the Board of Directors last week, Triathlon Canada has announced that he’ll be replaced by Peter McCrory, who has been on the board since 2019 as the chair of Triathlon Canada’s Governance Committee.
“I recently retired from my professional career and also decided it was the right time to step away from my responsibilities at Triathlon Canada,” Pereira said when we reached out to him yesterday. “We have all had to face additional challenges as a result of COVID over the last year. But this time has also provided us an opportunity to pause, and reflect, on where we want to focus our energy. It was such an honour to lead Triathlon Canada over the last six years, but this responsibility also demands a lot of time. Upon my reflection, I just felt it was the right time to take a step back and allow a new person to step forward and guide the organization through the next Olympic and Paralympic quadrennial. I am so proud of the what the Board and Staff have been able to accomplish together during my tenure and I will definitely be cheering for Canadian triathletes in all race disciplines in the future. I will also be looking to get back on a start line again myself when it is deemed safe to do so.”
In addition to being a triathlete himself, McCrory has lots of sport leadership experience. “Currently the Director of the Olympic Oval at the University of Calgary, McCrory has worked closely with Sport Canada, Own the Podium, Canadian Sport Institutes, and public office fundraising organizations alongside more than 35 clubs, their coaches and their Boards while holding executive positions with sports venues in Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic community based in his hometown of Calgary,” Triathlon Canada announced in a release yesterday.
Irish by birth, after finishing International Business and Spanish at Liverpool John Moore’s University he had a 17-year career in the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Helicopter Weapon Systems Officer that saw him fly around the world on operations, according to Triathlon Canada’s release.
He represented the RAF in triathlon, swimming, waterpolo and rowing, while also completing a Masters Degree in Sport and Exercise Science. He emigrated to Calgary in Feb., 2011.