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Rene Olsen to leave British Canoeing

After three years at British Canoeing, Rene Olsen will be stepping down from his role as Head Coach of the Canoe Sprint programme to take up a new role with Paddle Australia. 

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A former sprint and marathon canoeist who represented Denmark in World Cups, European and World Championships, Rene joined British Canoeing in September 2017 after a spell as the lead coach of Canoe Racing New Zealand. 

He said: “It has been three incredible years at British Canoeing and I have been given an amazing opportunity to work with some of the best people in our sport, both athletes and the British Canoeing and EIS staff. I have relished the chance to learn a lot around leadership, coach development and being part of a bigger organisation.

I would like to use this opportunity to say a huge thank you to both British Canoeing for giving me this opportunity and to all the coaches and athletes over the past three years who have let me play a small part in their journey.

– Rene Olsen

“It has been fantastic to see each individual development and growth on the way.

“With all the impressive work that is being put into developing a whole sport sprint strategy, and the brilliant people I have had the pleasure to work with over the last three years, I'm confident British Canoeing will keep developing over the Paris cycle and beyond.”

Performance Director, Paul Ratcliffe said: “On behalf of British Canoeing I’d like to take this opportunity say thank you to Rene for leading the Canoe Sprint Programme over these last three years as Head Coach.

He has operated with high levels of professionalism and integrity throughout his time at British Canoeing and has led the team with a strong focus on the technical support for athletes and coaches through his in depth knowledge of the sport.

– Performance Director, Paul Ratcliffe

“We are disappointed to see him leave British Canoeing and wish him and his family all the best for the move to Australia.”

Rene will continue to work with the programme until the end of the year when British Canoeing will have finalised its Paris 2024 submission.