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Scott Simon appointed as Paracanoe Head Coach

British Canoeing has today announced the appointment of Scott Simon as Head Coach for the world leading paracanoe programme.

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Scott has considerable experience of working in high performance sport environments and working with performance level athletes and coaches. He is currently leading the canoe sprint Olympic Development Programme for British Canoeing.

During his time at British Canoeing Scott has also provided technical canoe sprint coaching to the women’s Olympic development squad and supported talent pathways for performance coaches. He was also the team leader at the 2017 Junior and under 23 European Canoe Sprint Championships.

With a background in coaching and sport science developed during a career in the Royal Air Force, Scott is currently reading for a Doctorate in Elite Performance through the University of Central Lancashire and recently published research on paracanoe.

Scott was at the 2016 Rio Games as part of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme - delivered by the British Paralympic Association. Most recently Scott represented the country at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, winning a bronze medal in powerlifting.

Speaking of his appointment Scott Simon said:

I am delighted and enthused to have been appointed as Head Coach for the paracanoe programme. It is an exciting time to be joining the programme and I look forward to the challenge of leading our coaches, athletes and support staff, to realise our shared ambition of being the number one nation at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and beyond.

– Scott Simon

Paracanoe is one of Great Britain’s most successful Paralympic sports.  At its debut at the Rio 2016 Games British athletes won five medals - three gold and two bronze - from the six events.

For the Tokyo 2020 Games the International Paralympic Committee recently announced the inclusion of three new Va’a events to the paracanoe programme, bringing the total number of Paralympic medal events to nine.

Scott will work alongside Rene Olsen (Canoe Sprint) and Mark Ratcliffe (Canoe Slalom) as one of three head coaches appointed to manage the UK Sport World Class funded programmes.

Paul Ratcliffe, Performance Director of British Canoeing said:

I am delighted that we have appointed Scott Simon as our Paracanoe Head Coach. Scott’s high level performance leadership, elite coaching skills and insight into Paralympic sport were all clearly evidenced through the rigorous recruitment process. I am sure that Scott will embrace this leadership opportunity and work well with all of those involved to take the team to great achievements in the future.

– Paul Ratcliffe, Performance Director of British Canoeing

“With our new performance leadership structure of three head coaches now in place, in paracanoe, slalom and sprint, we are in a very strong position across all three programmes to improve our performances further in to year 2 of our Tokyo Mission.”

Scott Simon will commence his new role as Paracanoe Head Coach from 1st November 2017.