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Rene Olsen appointed as Canoe Sprint Head Coach

British Canoeing has today announced the appointment of Rene Olsen as Canoe Sprint Head Coach.

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Rene, who has recently joined British Canoeing following a successful spell at Canoe Racing New Zealand, will now be responsible for leading the senior sprint programme as Head Coach.

A former sprint and marathon canoeist who represented Denmark, Rene has been coaching in high performance environments for over 12 years.

Speaking of his appointment Rene Olsen said:

“I am delighted to be taking on the new role of Head Coach for the sprint programme. Going forward I am focused on developing the performance of our senior athletes and supporting the coaching team to ensure that we achieve our ambitions for the Tokyo 2020 mission.”

The new role will provide consistency across the three programmes of sprint, slalom and paracanoe, with the three head coaches reporting directly to the Performance Director.

Paul Ratcliffe, Performance Director of British Canoeing said:

“Following the 2017 Canoe Sprint World Championships, and as competition in year one of the current cycle comes to an end, we have begun the review process to explore how we can continue to improve the performance support around our athletes in preparation for Tokyo and beyond.

“As part of this process I have taken the opportunity to review the leadership of the canoe sprint programme and have decided to make a change to the structure by introducing a Head Coach position.

“Rene Olsen has the attributes that we are looking for in the role of Head Coach and I am delighted that he will be leading the senior sprint programme in this new role.”

Rene will take up the position of Head Coach from 15th September 2017.