CYCLING CANADA HIRES PARA-CYCLING DEVELOPMENT COACH - WEST
November 14, 2017
Working under head Para-cycling coach, Sebastien Travers, and in tandem with NextGen Para-cycling coach-East, Guillaume Plourde, Phil will head the para-cycling development program based out of Calgary, Alberta. Abbott’s main responsibilities will be to identify and develop para-cycling talent throughout the western provinces, from Manitoba to British Columbia.
No stranger to coaching para-cyclists, as well as able cyclists, Phil comes to Cycling Canada from having worked at Alberta Bicycle Association as High Performance Director for the last five years, and having worked as the high performance cycling coach at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary since 2009.
“The hiring of Phil Abbott will be a great addition to the para team. Being involved in the program with current world champion Mike Sametz, Phil will bring his experience and knowledge to the next generation of para-cyclists in Western Canada. Now that we have established two NextGen programs that will cover the whole country, we look forward to finding future paralympic medallists," said Sebastien Travers, Head Para-cycling Coach at Cycling Canada.
The NextGen Coach - West position is made possible by partnerships between Cycling Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee, the Alberta Cycling Association, Own the Podium and the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary.
“We are fortunate that Phil has decided to grace our para program with his presence. He will undoubtedly greatly contribute to building a stronghold of para-cycling talent out West. Over the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in the number of top internationally performing para-cyclists coming out of both Alberta and British Columbia. With that much talent cropping up out West, it only makes sense to have a program based out of Calgary that can better support our up-and-coming western talent pool,” said Jacques Landry, Chief Technical Officer - Head Coach at Cycling Canada.
While ensuring a smooth transition between his old job as provincial performance director and his new appointment, Phil officially starts in his new role on Nov. 13.
About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
Source: Cycling Canada
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