ATAC is a volunteer driven organization and we thank our leaders for providing all of our great training, racing, and socializing opportunities. Our leadership team is elected at the Annual General Meeting.
PRESIDENT | HAMISH MORRIN
Hamish is a passionate cyclist, and an equally passionate coffee drinker. He can regularly be seen on the roads around Amsterdam and in his favourite café enjoying a strong post ride coffee. He started cycling in his native New Zealand more than 20 years ago. He went from mountain bike to triathlon, and then back to the roads and trails. On moving to Amsterdam in 2013 he discovered the spring classics (and the joys of Paris-Roubaix’s infamous cobbles), along with the cycling mad culture of Northern Europe. In 2013 he also entered his first (and second) multi-day stage race across the Alps and is now hooked. In the past he has also been known to do long cycling tours with his partner, Leah, and has biked from Singapore to the Great Wall in China, Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kunming and toured the US Continental Divide. He is very at home in Amsterdam biking everywhere every day. As President, he will continue to serve the members in the development and growth of ATAC and provide leadership where required to the Committee.
SECRETARY | HOWARD LIEM
After 3 years working in Dubai Howard returned to the Netherlands and settled in Amsterdam in 2010. Upon his return he picked up running again and also started cycling. It was during the London Olympics when he first was introduced to triathlon and got inspired to participate in his first sprint race. In the last couple of years he has completed all triathlon distances and in July 2016 he became an Ironman finisher in Maastricht.
Having been an active member of ATAC for 2 years, he enjoys the triathlon sport through the sessions and the atmosphere of the clubs international community. As secretary he hopes to serve the club with its members and also contribute in the further development of the club.
TREASURER | NEIL SMITH
Neil is from Scotland and has lived in Amsterdam since early 2011. Over the last 14 years Neil has been involved with many cycling clubs as a regular member and a committee member – securing many club awards and recognition along the way. Neil has also worked closely with Scottish cycling and British cycling, previously an assistant commissar for road racing he has also organized numerous cyclo-cross events with over 150 racers in attendance and widely known as one of ‘Scotlands best’ cyclo-cross events, not to forget the social events!
Neil has cycled across Mexico and Vietnam, as well as attending races and cycling events across many European countries – both road and mountain biking. He is passionate about cycling and more recently has completed a season of sprint triathlons.
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR | pAOLA LORIO
Paola is long time triathlon enthusiast, but it was only after joining ATAC in 2015 and being surrounded by fellow triathlon enthusiasts that her love for the sport was firmly cemented. Paola has completed three half distance triathlons and a number of sprint and Olympic distance races. She also frequently takes part in bike, run and swim races in and around the Netherlands, and even managed to get a podium spot at the 2016 edition of the 4km Ij swim J. Paola originates from South Africa and moved to Amsterdam in 2007, loves being outdoors and when she is not out training spends far too much time behind her desk at a large multi-national organisation.
Paola’s sporting goal for 2017 is to complete another two half distance triathlons and to improve on her speed by racing with the ATAC ladies triathlon team.
CYCLING DIRECTOR | BRIAN GIBSON
Brian has been living in the Netherlands going on two decades now. Originally from Calgary, Canada, Brian started out on the mountain bike riding in the foothills around Calgary. After moving to the Netherlands he invested in his first road bike. Discovering the roads around Amsterdam, Brian’s passion for road cycling continued to grow. Before joining ATAC, Brian was long-time member of a local Dutch cycle club. Brian brings a wealth of experience to the position of cycling director from his many years with this club, and is known as the “Human GPS” for his knowledge of the roads around Amsterdam.
Brian has completed Marathons and in 2015 he also completed a couple of triathlons. He can also be found regularly leading weekend rides. Brian's sporting goals for 2017 are the Mt Ventoux Ventouxman Triathlon, Calgary Iron Man 70.3 ans Oetztaler radmarathon. He will be busy!
As cycling director, Brian hopes to continue to build on the ATAC’s solid cycling base by providing more rides that will cater to different cycling levels.
TRIATHLON DIRECTOR | Jos van Losser
Jos is a Dutch Financial Services consultant with a love for organising events and welcoming new athletes to ATAC. He is been involved in setting up the ATAC RBR team and kicking of the ATAC swim sessions last year. He is now aiming to organise even more cool events for 2017.
As an athlete he completed the 70.3 Zell am See in 2016. This year he is aiming to participate in the ATAC RBR and Triathlon team races, as well as completing the Marmotte Cylcosportive.
SOCIAL DIRECTOR | ANNA BEDNARCZYK
Anna comes originally from Poland and moved to Amsterdam eight years ago. Running was always her passion and she started cycling in 2015. She is an active member of Vrouwenwielrennen Club in Amsterdam, that promotes females cycling and enjoys long rides. With the recent addition of swimming enthusiastic fan of Total Immersion technic, it all builds in to the beautiful adventure of the first triathlon. Successful in business, lovely mother of two and ambitious at sport, that is only possible thanks to the excellent organizational skills. She has joined ATAC two years ago and has shared her inspiration and motivation other ATACers. Her Sunday Social Ride is popular and this has introduced several new members to the club. She is hoping to contribute in promoting the ATAC and most of all she is willing to help in any aspect of the Club organization.
As Social Director Anna hopes to ensure that the club maintains a strong social element to complement the cycling and triathlon activities. Social events will also allow the “non-cycling” partners to share in the fun and become part of the wider ATAC community.
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR | Sander Boerkamp
Sander is a Dutch native although not born and raised in the Amsterdam area, so as much as an expat as the most of the ATAC members. He’s a cyclist first, runner second and a swimmer only when he is involuntarily tossed into the water. He races crits, does cyclocross and mountain biking and is at his best during long hilly Gran Fondo’s. A competitive cyclist who wants to try something different every year. He joined ATAC in 2015.
For the newsletter he looking for story’s that will interest both the Tri and the cycling communities.