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TORONTO, O.N. – Monday, July 17, 2017 – With a continued aim of improving of effectiveness, and following the announcement of significant funding cuts to our high-performance program, ROWONTARIO, in partnership with Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO), is launching a restructured high-performance program. The new program, scheduled to launch September 1, provides tremendous opportunities, including a renewed opportunity for ROWONTARIO clubs and educational institutions to be part of athlete development pathway.
The launch of the new high-performance program unfortunately means the end of the current Row to Podium (RTP) program as of August 31, 2017.
“ROWONTARIO has been blessed with the opportunity to work with amazing coaches and partners in the Row to Podium program over the last seven years.” said Andrew Backer, Executive Director.  “There have been a number of athletes from this program that have achieved both national and international success, and I’d like to take time to acknowledge our coaches and partners for the work and support towards this program. Without them the successes achieved would not have been possible.”
“As we have come to build the new high-performance program, we have ensured that the lessons learned over the past seven years were incorporated into the new plan and plan to use the successes of the RTP program as the foundation of the new program.” Backer continued.  “As we celebrate the RTP achievements, I am excited at the opportunity to re-engage our member clubs in the athlete development pathway and broaden the scope of the program.
The new program will be headed up by ROWONTARIO’s new High Performance Manager, who will be announced in early August. Supporting the High Performance Manager, and the ones working with the identified athletes and Local Training Centres, will be two ROWONTARIO Provincial Coaches.  The posting for these two positions will be released within the next 10 days. “As RCA undergoes a review of its High Performance Athlete Pathway in alignment with the Government of Canada’s recent commitments to Next Generation (NextGen) athletes, we look forward to continuing and growing our performance partnership with ROWONTARIO,” said Iain Brambell, RCA High Performance Director.
More information about the program, including request for interest to become a Local Training Centre will be released in the coming weeks.
For more information on the new program and on the positions please contact Andrew Backer andrew@rowontario.ca.