I received the following message this afternoon from Merv Cavers:
"I have the sad news to inform the Tribalistic Triathlon Team that Michael “Mickey” Stokotelny passed away suddenly at Victoria Hospital today. He was surrounded by family from Dauphin and Winnipeg and a few close friends."
Many of you will be able to think back to some of the moments you have fondly shared with Mickey, whether it was as a member of Tribalistic Triathlon Team, of which he has been a member over much of the last decade. Mickey was scheduled to join us this past weekend at St. Malo, but was forced to cancel out of his volunteer position late in the week.
Members of Triathlon Manitoba will remember Mickey from his frequent travels to National Championships to compete in the 70+ age group, and absolutely dominate. But of course for Mickey, it wasn't really about the race, it was about the fun and friends...and maybe a little bit about qualifying for World Championships!
Mickey also has attended World Championships as a member of Team Canada many times over his Triathlon Career. Traveling to all corners of the globe for competition, he will be missed by friends the world over.
Mickey brought his warm and quirky sense of humour with him everywhere he went. He was always quick with a kind encouraging word for everyone. He always brought the biggest cheers at all the races!
I first crossed paths with Mickey when I was 10 years old. A scrawny want-to-be gymnast going to meet his new coach at the University Gym. Mickey was the kind of coach that we all loved and immediately took to. He guided us with a gentle hand, sense of humour and taught us to believe in ourselves. I'll always remember being left hanging on a set of rings waiting for a boost up, and turning to Coach Mickey just to receive a nod that said get on with it, you can do it! I was shocked when 20 years later the tables had turned, and I was the one nodding on the sideline encouraging the final kick over the finish line at National Championships in Kelowna.
I'm sure many of you have wonderful memories of Mickey from training, travel or races around the world. If you'd like to share any of these stories, or photos please forward them to me and I can post them on the Tribalistic Website for all to enjoy.
June 30th, 2011: Link to Mickey's Obituary