vendredi 11 juin 2010

Post-Games, a new start for Speed Skating Canada

James Christie - Globe and Mail Update - June 11, 2010

Speed-skating icon Susan Auch surveys the roster gaps at the top of Canada's most successful Winter Olympic sport and sees opportunity. “It sounds like there's more of a loss of leadership than there actually is, but the truth is, if you don't change, you don't get better,” Auch said in an interview after news emerged that a fourth member of Speed Skating Canada's management team is joining the exodus.
“It was Brian's decision to leave,” said Auch, a three-time Olympic medalist who now is a member of the SSC board of directors. “He did a great job with the Olympic team and now this is an opportunity for Speed Skating Canada.
“We don't have another Olympics coming up in Canada, so there's not an eight-year plan to work out. The money isn't there that there was with Vancouver. But we've got people with experience who haven't had a chance to shine and show their leadership. I don't think Canadians should lose faith in Speed Skating Canada.”

Canadian speedskating boss stepping down
Canadian Press June 9 2010
One of the country's most successful winter sport organizations announced Wednesday that Brian Rahill's contract won't be renewed once it expires June 25, and that it is searching for the "perfect candidate" to replace him.

Whoever that person is, he or she will have big shoes to fill after Rahill oversaw both the long-track and short-track teams that combined to win 10 medals, four of them gold, at the 2010 Games.

"I knew this was a possibility, but I leave with no regrets knowing I gave it my all," a disappointed Rahill said in a brief interview. "I'd love to continue working in amateur sports. I've already put some feelers out."
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Canada director done
The Province - June 10  Speed Skating Canada announced Wednesday that high performance and Olympic program director Brian Rahill has resigned from his position.

Rahill leaving high-performance Olympic post with Speed Skating Canada
Vancouver Sun June 10  “Brian devoted his energy, passion for our sport and countless hours to ensure that our teams were ready to compete to the best of their abilities in Vancouver,” Speed Skating Canada president Marie-Claire Rouleau said in a statement.

jeudi 10 juin 2010

Courte piste: Yves Hamelin reste en poste

Simon Drouin - La Presse - 9 Juin 2010
Yves Hamelin restera à la tête du programme canadien de patinage de vitesse courte piste.
«Il n'y pas d'entente conclue, mais c'est positif. C'est l'intention du conseil d'administration de me maintenir en poste, a indiqué Hamelin en entrevue téléphonique, lundi. Il faut maintenant entamer les discussions (pour un nouveau contrat).

«Je suis bien content, a ajouté le directeur de programme. Ça va nous permettre de poursuivre le travail amorcé.»
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