Keith Iwasaki - Run Coach
In 2000, a running friend suggested that, if Keith was looking to do something beyond running marathons, he should give triathlon a try and that the Pacific Spirit Triathlon Club might be a good way for him to ease into the sport. The rest, as they say, is history. Keith has participated in distances from sprint to Ironman, with his favourite race probably being Escape from Alcatraz.
Since joining Pacific Spirit, Keith has served on the Board of Directors as both Run Director and Vice President. He was also a run leader prior to taking on the role of coach for the Tuesday night track sessions. He has also served as Secretary for Triathlon British Columbia since 2005, and currently officiates races at the local, national and international level.
Kevin Eck - Bike Coach
After finishing his basketball career at Queen's University, Kevin was looking for an outlet that didn't require 10 people and a gym for exercise. After watching a friend compete in Kona, Kevin signed up and finished his first Ironman in Canada in 2003. Florida, Arizona (twice), Louisville and Mont Tremblant races followed in subsequent years.
Kevin prefers cycling and swimming to running and can be found leading bike groups and teaching club spin classes with Cendrix Bouchard in the off season. He has been a club member for the past eight years, served on the Board for the past six years and enjoys giving back to triathlon through helping others enjoy this great sport.
Liz Collins - Swim Coach
Liz grew up swimming in Regina, SK. She moved to Vancouver to attend UBC and compete with the Thunderbird swim team. Upon retiring from the sport and the Canadian National Swim team, Liz continued to follow her passion for sport by working with the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific, eventually moving on to coach with the Vancouver Pacific Swim Club where she remained for more than five years. By working alongside elite coaches and athletes and combined with her time at the Canadian Swim Coaches Association, Liz developed a deep knowledge of technical skills and ideal training practices.
Liz continues to swim in her spare time and has attempted to become a "runner" by completing several half-marathons.
Les Pereira - Swim Coach
Les Pereira knows a thing or two about triathlon! Since 1998, he has completed 4 Ironman and 18 Half Ironman races.
Les has been a swim instructor and lifeguard since 1980 and has studied with and under many swimming luminaries such as Karlyn Pipes and Sheila Taormina. He is also an NCCP Certified Competition Coach. Les is passionate about developing triathletes. He knows what a triathlete needs and designs the training sessions around building for race season and providing skills and practices geared for triathletes.
Les currently serves on the board of Triathlon Canada. He was the President of TriBC from 2008 to 2012 and was the Coaching Director for three years prior to that. He has also helped pilot the TriBC Competition Stream and the Community Coaches program. He has been involved with Pacific Spirit Triathlon Club since 2000. He was a bike leader from 2000 to 2014, was the Bike Director for two years, served as Past President in 2004 and has been a Swim Coach since 2005.