Duke Gill

Secretary / Communications Chair / Web Keeper

Appointed February 2010

A relative triathlon newcomer, I did my first triathlon (Athens Triathlon) in 2007 when I’d just turned 52. When I was 50, I was an obese, couch potato. At the admonition of my family doctor, I started a swimming program and began to lose weight. After watching my swimming progress, Ironman triathlete Carlos Ruiz encouraged me to do my first triathlon. As most of you have experienced—what a blast! I soon gained the support of other local triathletes, Steve Farris, Tammy Rooney, Gina Bolton, and Kami Nedbalek and in November of 2007, was elected president of the East Texas Triathletes. The goal of ETT is to promote participation in multi-sports. Through trainings and clinics, our club encourages beginners to compete in races in our area. Our club applied and received a grant from USAT which we used to organize the first annual Rose City Triathlon in 2008.

Having retired after a 32 year career as a teacher for the Tyler Independent School District, I have more time to dedicate to serving on the SMW council.  I am excited to have been chosen to serve and look forward to meeting and hearing from our multi-sport family.

I currently serve on the Communications committee with Merry Prather and I am the web keeper for the SMW website.  I would encourage any members of our region to let me know any suggestions, changes, or errors (typos or dead links) on our site which need to be corrected.

Duke's current term expires in 2015.

E-mail:  dukeg@aol.com