2023 T3 BOARD
The T3 Philly Multisport Board is made up of 8 volunteer members with elections taking place each year.
Eric is a digital strategy consultant for Adobe and lives in Ambler with his wife, Maureen ("Mo"), son, Charlie, and dog, Penny. He's been on the T3 board since 2019, and this is his 2nd year as President. He got into triathlon on a whim in 2015, having only swam a bit in high school, then steadily got faster, more competitive, and more obsessed. Training for the Philly Half Marathon in 2017, he discovered T3 during a track workout, and found a great support system and resource as he looked toward longer distance tri and led to his best result at IM 70.3 Atlantic City in 2021 and qualified him for 70.3 Worlds in 2022.
María Paredes Fernández first joined T3 in early 2020 pre-COVID-19 pandemic through the weekly Track Tuesday workouts and continued her involvement through their weekly Zwift workout meet-ups. A lifelong runner, María began to embrace the other two-thirds of triathlon to help strengthen her leg after breaking her foot in 2018. Since 2019, María has competed in various distances including Ironman Maryland (in 2021). When she is not training, María can be found procrastinating on her doctoral schoolwork dreaming of different cycling routes, and boring her English as a Second Language (ESL) students with her bike ride stories. Luckily, she is in good company with T3 and loves to have found her niche with her teammates.
Matthew is a qualified Chartered Accountant who moved to Philly with his wife Chelsea in 2019. He is originally from South Africa where his love of cycling and triathlon first started. Matthew has raced a few 70.3s in South African, Japan and the US and completed his first full Ironman (Lake Placid) in 2022. Joining T3 was a great way to meet like minded people in a new city and be part of an active community. His favorite thing about T3 is the group rides to various bakeries. When he is not working on one of his bikes or riding (Outdoors or on Zwift) he likes to enjoy some good South African wine.
Kate joined T3 when she moved to Philly in 2019. She got into triathlon in high school at the encouragement of her swim and cross country coaches. Over the years, Kate has raced many sprint and olympic distance tris, 2 70.3's, and finished her first full Ironman in 2019! Her favorite T3 workouts are Track Tuesdays and Saturday Donut Rides. When not training, Kate is playing with her dog Tyrion and cat Gritty, and works in concussion research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Andrea has always loved the sun and being outside. She began swimming on a pre-competitive team at seven years old and continued through high school and a little bit in college (college was hard). After returning to the pool in 2010, she signed up for her first Sprint Triathlon in 2015. After swearing off ocean swims, she signed up for more Sprint and Olympic distance races and then IMAC70.3 in 2018. She also began coaching open water swims and clinics in Medford, NJ that year. IMAC70.3 didn’t go so well and left her with a running related injury so she stuck to Aquabike and open water swimming races for 2019 and whatever was left of racing for 2020. She joined T3 and found the support she needed to get back to running. In the past year she has gone from a Super Sprint to Ironman, completing Lake Placid with her teammates in July. You will often find her at the pool or the lake or cuddling with her pug, Bella.
Chelsea started triathlon and joined T3 in 2020 after years of cheering her husband in the sport. Before triathlon Chelsea was just a runner, but has found much joy in biking (particularly in search for pastries!) and improving her swim as well. Her favorite thing about T3 is group workouts and rides, where camaraderie, challenge, and many laughs lead the way! Chelsea is also a certified RRCA running coach, and in her free time enjoys coaching others. Outside of triathlon Chelsea is an Athletic Director and PE teacher.
Vashisht (Vee) first joined T3 in 2020 during COVID-19 pandemic after purchasing a road bike, and discovering his love for it via the early stages of the Dawn patrol morning rides. Now he is a mainstay in the dawn patrol rides, and most of the various T3 group rides. He was never an athlete growing up but found his love of running after injuries (and peer pressure from his best friend) prevented him from taking part in his main forms of exercise. Since 2018, Vee has competed in various distances including 5k, half, and full marathons( duathlons/triathlons coming in 2022??). When he is not training, Vee can be found running around with his energetic Australian Sheppard Ollie at the Schuykill dog park, patronizing the many pizza shops of Philly, or working as a clinical research project manager at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Although new to the Board, Quigs has been a member of T3 since ~2012 and has watched the team grow exponentially. Quigs has raced all distances from sprint to Ironman, and has focused more on short course racing the last few years. When not racing or training, he enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife and young son. He looks forward to getting to know the team's newer members and spreading the positive vibes of T3!!