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Nathalie Siegrist appointed as Slalom Lead Academy Coach

The British Canoe Slalom programme is pleased to announce that Nathalie Siegrist has joined the coaching team as the Lead Academy Coach. 

Nathalie Siegrist

Joining British Canoeing with a wealth of experience, Nathalie has been part of the coaching team at the Swiss Canoe Association for over 20 years.

Nathalie is currently the U23 National coach at Swiss Canoe and has worked with athletes across all ages throughout the athlete pathway, including the senior team as she managed and coached a group of athletes from all classes at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Speaking on Nathalie’s appointment, Canoe Slalom Head Coach, Mark Ratcliffe, said:

“We are really delighted to appoint Nathalie as the Lead Academy Coach. She was an excellent candidate in what was a tough selection process for the post.

Nathalie’s experience adds something different to our coaching set up, she has worked with athletes at all age levels including that key transition age.

– Canoe Slalom Head Coach, Mark Ratcliffe

“We have a lot of coaches who have come through the system which is fantastic, but having someone join from outside the organisation adds something new, with fresh ideas to complement our already excellent processes.

“Looking ahead to Paris 2024 and L.A. 2028, Nathalie will be leading the team to prepare that next wave of promising athletes.”

Speaking of her appointment, Nathalie said:

After over 20 years working for a small federation, I am very excited to take on this new challenge. I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to work for British Canoeing, a federation with strong values and a clear vision for high performance.

– Nathalie Siegrist

“I really look forward to getting to know each person on the team and supporting them on their way to excellence.”

Nathalie will join the organisation in early January and will take over from Greg Hitchen, who has recently taken up a new role as Podium Technical Coach. Greg will continue to take oversight of the academy in a non-coaching capacity before Nathalie takes up her role in 2021.

The appointment of Nathalie further strengthens the British Canoe Slalom programme as it prepares for the postponed Olympic Games next summer, but also the first year of the Paris 2024 cycle.

For more information about the Canoe Slalom World Class Programme, please click here.