VICTORIA—Triathlon Canada has tapped the shoulder of Andrew Dacanay to fill the position of Events and Technical Officials Coordinator.
The Nova Scotia resident joins Triathlon Canada following a stint leading Triathlon Nova Scotia as the provincial body’s executive director.
The ultimate team player, Dacanay brings a wealth of experience working with the International Triathlon Union, knowledge of the rules and regulations guiding technical officials, along with a passion for officiating the sport of triathlon. He is driven to build on the solid foundation established for Triathlon Canada’s technical officials program in an effort to make it even stronger into the future.
Dacanay was first recruited into Nova Scotia’s technical officials’ program in 2003, and has since developed into a Continental Technical Official where he has officiated triathlons at all levels of the sport throughout North America and Europe. He has also been a part of the officials team at two major multi-sport Games.
Respected internationally with strong relationships in the community of officials around the globe, Dacanay also remains in close connection with the grassroots of the sport as a key member of the officiating teams at provincial triathlons.
In his new role, Dacanay will manage the development and delivery of the National Technical Officials program in Canada, while training and maintaining the country’s technical officials through an ITU accredited program. Leading a technical officials working group, he will also be tasked with ensuring the alignment of the technical officials across the country. He will also work closely in this position with Triathlon Canada’s sport development officer and high performance director in the development of the annual domestic race calendar for all levels of the sport in Canada, while also supporting the ITU in modifying and providing advice on competition rules.
Like many in the triathlon community, Dacanay’s roots in the sport were established in 1989 when he did his first triathlon in the United Kingdom. He has demonstrated his keen willingness to be heavily involved in the evolution of the sport in Canada – be it as an age-group triathlete, official or volunteer.
Prior to working with Triathlon Nova Scotia, Dacanay worked in the bicycle industry, and as a published academic in the biological sciences field. He is hoping to combine his experiences at international triathlons with the academic side of his career to ensure Triathlon Canada’s Techincial Officials program remains one of the best in the world.
Dacanay will relocate to Triathlon Canada’s headquarters in Victoria. He officially begins his new position on January 7, 2019.