Athletics Canada continues course for 2008
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
OTTAWA Athletics Canada (AC) reinforced its position as one of Canadas leading national sport organizations as it wrapped up one its most collaborative AGM weekends ever following three days of meetings between top provincial and national executives in Ottawa, May 27-29.
We are a strong, united and focused organization, committed to ensuring that the best possible conditions exist for our athletes and coaches to realize their high performance goals, says Jean Guy Ouellette, chair of the board of Athletics Canada. We are now in the second half of our 2000-2008 Strategic Plan and are moving forward into the next quadrennial as a stable, collaborative organization aiming for podium performances at the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing.
The spirit of cooperation and enthusiasm around the table is unparalleled in recent Canadian athletics history, adds AC Chief Operating Officer, Joanne Mortimore. There is still much work to be done and we look forward to moving ahead with our provincial branches and our partners in this exciting time for Canadian sport.
With new, targeted funds from the COC Excellence Fund, we fully expect to record stronger results in international competition beginning with the IAAF World Championships in Helsinki and the IPC European Championships this year, then right on through to Beijing, say AC Chief Technical Officer and Head Coach, Alex Gardiner. Weve had a strong start to the quadrennial already with several of our athletes posting personal bests, Canadian records and top world rankings.
Highlights from Athletics Canadas AGM weekend include:
· Reappointment of Jean-Guy Ouellette as chair of the board of directors for a second consecutive term.
· Appointment of recently retired 400m hurdler Karleen Haughton of Brampton, ON as a new athletes representative on the board of directors.
· Election of George Fournier of Pierrefonds, QC and Harold Nicholsson of Miramichi, NB to the board of directors for two-year terms.
· Election of 2000 Olympian Candice Jones of Calgary, AB to the board of directors for a one-year term.
· Launching of the development of a new web-based national membership system, a collaborative venture between AC and its provincial branches.
· Best wishes to outgoing board members Catherine Bond-Mills of London, ON and Sean Holman of Toronto, ON
The following 11-member board of directors will lead the organization in policy and governance for the upcoming year.
· Jean-Guy Ouellette, Sherbrooke, QC - chair
· Danny Daniels, Sidney, BC - vice-chair
· George Fournier, Montreal, QC, director-at-large
· Alex Gardiner, Winnipeg, MB - chief technical officer
· Abby Hoffman, Ottawa, IAAF council member
· Karleen Haughton, Brampton, ON athlete representative
· Peter Low, Ottawa, ON - treasurer
· Joanne Mortimore, Ottawa, ON - chief operating officer
· Harold Nicholsson, Miramichi, N.B. director-at-large
· Marc Quessy, Sherbrooke, QU director-at-large
· Kevin Sullivan, Champagne, Illionois, USA - athlete representative
Athletics Canada is the national sport governing body for the sport of track and field including cross-country running and racewalking. Its purpose is to support high performance athletics excellence at the world level and to provide leadership in developmental athletics. Athletics Canada is a not for profit, charitable organization operating under a board of directors elected by provincial / territorial members.
For more information:
(613) 260-5580 ext. 3305
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