Roger Weir has been appointed as the new Talent Inclusion Coordinator, working within the England Talent Programme in order to help deliver the Paracanoe Talent Club Partnership (PTCP) programme.
After a competitive internal interview process Roger has been appointed to the role which will commence on 1 April 2021. Roger brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise in Paracanoe and the talent transfer of Para athletes.
The PTCP programme is funded by Sport England and SportsAid’s ‘Backing The Best’ programme and aims to continue the work to establish a formal and systematic Paracanoe Talent Pathway that develops people with the skills and necessary attributes to transition and thrive within the World Class Programme.
Roger’s work will support and help PTCP clubs to engage with relevant stakeholders, including local charities, health, public and statutory bodies to establish links and create community based partnerships.
The aim of the role is to not only support the development of a Paracanoe pathway but also to help create a sport that is more representative of British society, offering more opportunities to underrepresented groups and to support more people with disabilities to be more involved in paddle sports.
On the appointment Rich Ramsdale, Head of Talent at British Canoeing, said:
We are thrilled to welcome Roger to the England Talent Team. Inclusion is a critical part of our long- term ambition and vision as a programme to support talented athletes, their coaches and their clubs to be the best they can be and equip those with potential on the world stage to successfully transition into the Olympic and Paralympic World Class Programmes.– Rich Ramsdale, Head of Talent at British Canoeing
Scott Simon, British Canoeing Flat Water Head Coach, added:
"The appointment of the Talent Inclusion Coordinator marks a key point in the development of Paracanoe in the community which will play a critical role in developing a grassroots pathway with more opportunities for inclusion and diversity of paddlers to access and enjoy our sport.
“Congratulations to Roger and I look forward to seeing Paracanoe become more impactful and accessible in more communities."