President Leanne Frederiksen
I’ve been a SARRC member for eight years and a member of the Board this past year. These years have been some of the most fun and rewarding I’ve experienced and I now appreciate even more the momentous effort from all the volunteers who have made the club what it is today.
I’ve run two marathons, the first Yurrebilla and numerous half marathons, locally, interstate and overseas. This year I’ve spent more time learning what goes on at the ‘back end’ of events firstly as co race director for the Barossa Marathon and also doing the volunteer hard yards in the set-up and pack down at various events.
You’ll find me out five mornings a week at different SARRC running groups because mostly, I just love to run and spend time with the great bunch of people who make up our running community. SARRC is a unique organization, not only because we are the largest road and trail running/ walking club in the country, but because we are a diverse, wholly inclusive and tremendously supportive bunch of people. My only ‘agenda’ as President is that others should have what we’re having.
Most of my career has been spent as a Senior Engineer optimising Oil and Gas production. As well as technical work, I’ve taken on various leadership roles as Team and Project Leader, gaining skill in compiling annual budgets, managing Capital and Opex programs and participating in project peer reviews with Joint Venture partners. The most valuable learning I take from my career at Santos is that collaboration with all stakeholders always brings the best result. Those who think they have all the answers often don’t!
Board Member – Doug Kewley
Doug “once a rocket scientist” spent over 30 years working in Science and Technology for Australian foreign intelligence and weapons research agencies. He was a senior executive with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, having spent time in the past working in both the UK, USA and Germany. He left in Jan 2010.
He has been a member of the South Australian Road Runners club for 31 years. During this time he has completed 105 marathons, winning 5 outright. Having completed 28 Adelaide marathons (Legend 09) he hopes in the future to get to 30.. He has also run ultras with a 24hr PB of 186km and a 48hr PB of 303km in 2013. He is now aiming to do well in multi-day events (outright win in RSA) as well as Race Director for the Adelaide 6-day Event.
He was the SARRC Saturday Morning speed session coach 2008-2015. During the past few years he has been concentrating on moving the club forward by development of real-time electronic timing, the mass email system, the race databases, the club email server, upgrading the club web sites and the new online event registration system.
Board Member – Brenton McClarty
My interest in running goes way back to when I was very young and participated in the very first city-bay in 1973. Since then, I have always held an interest in running, sport and keeping fit and competed in many fun runs and events over the years
I joined SARRC around eight years ago and have been a regular member of the 8SSS or Sunday 8am group ever since. I have also enjoyed running with other SARRC groups during this time and have met many terrific people along the way.
Over this time, I have developed a strong passion for the club and our people and am keen to assist with future direction of our club. I believe that as a club, we have come a long way and want to be part of a board that ensures we develop and maintain a sustainable path for our club and members into the future.
On a professional front, I have worked in Human Resources and Employment Services for eighteen years and believe I have a range of skills and knowledge to offer to the board and members.
I look forward to working with the new board and with you all during my term.
Board Member – Briony O’Shea
Briony first joined SARRC in 2008, initially for the benefit of having a group run to force her out of bed every Tuesday and Friday morning, and subsequently for the enduring friendships formed at the Club. That year, Briony completed her first SARRC event – the Yurrebilla Ultra Marathon. Since then she has entered a number of running events, her most memorable being the 2011 Tokyo Marathon, which she completed along with a number of other SARRC members.
A chemical engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, Briony’s professional focus is on carbon, energy policy and sustainability. She joined the SARRC Board in 2015, bringing extensive leadership and project management experience, as well as applied training in risk management, strategic thinking and corporate governance.
Briony currently holds the position of Club Secretary, and sees volunteering for the Club as a way of supporting her own passion for running, as well as contributing to the ongoing success and sustainability of the Club.
Board Member – Brett Caspers
Brett has been an active member of SARRC since 2014 and a member of the board since January 2016. Having played many different sports at various levels in the past he turned his attention to distance running in 2013 as a way of keeping fit and meeting new people. Since then he has completed more than eight half marathons along with his first marathon in 2014, as part of the SARRC Marathon Mentors program. In addition to being a board member he is currently a run leader with the Sunday morning run group.
Professionally Brett has been involved in the electrical industry for the past 17 years and is currently the National Sales & Marketing Manager for a global company that specialises in creating electronic control and management solutions for use in the power generation industries and drive power markets. He wishes to share his diverse skill set with fellow board members and help the club continue to grow and evolve in what is proving to be a challenging time for recreational sports clubs.
Board Member – Voula Nisyrios
Voula joined SARRC over 5 years ago, and has thoroughly enjoyed the support and great team environment that comes with training in the Club’s running groups. Over this time, she has participated in numerous SARRC events and achieved her goal, together with SARRC friends, to run the streets of Paris at the 2016 Marathon de Paris.
Voula’s professional and personal life has been enhanced by a strong volunteering ethic and she has been actively involved in the Club through volunteering and coordination of volunteers at events. Over the past two years she has mentored the Start Running groups and is a leader for the Marathon Mentor Program groups.
As Vice President of the Board in 2017, she brings directorship experience and strong governance expertise as a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Coupled with a leadership background in strategic planning and business development in the commercial healthcare sector. Her passion is to support SARRC’s future direction and growth and strengthen our members’ running journey and the running community as a whole.