Ottawa – Athletics Canada announced important changes today to its technical leadership structure. Effective immediately Olympic program Head Coach Alex Gardiner and Chief High Performance Officer Martin Goulet have been relieved of their duties.
Rob Guy, Athletics Canada Chief Executive Officer, “First and foremost I want to thank Alex and Martin for their many years of service to the organization. They both played important roles and had positive impacts on Athletics Canada’s high performance program.”
“The feeling after London (2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games) was generally encouraging as a number of young talented athletes stepped up and made great strides. However we still didn’t hit our performance targets of three and fourteen medals respectively. We felt we needed a different style and leadership structure to ensure we reach our high performance objectives moving forward,” said Guy.
Guy adds, “These decisions are never easy to make, but the bottom line is we haven’t achieved our performance objectives as laid out in the association’s strategic plan for the last four quadrennials. It’s part of my role to ensure our technical structure and coaching leadership provides the right vision and framework for our athletes and coaches to take the next step in Rio.”