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ROWONTARIO is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Backer as interim Executive Director effective April 1, 2017.

Andrew joins ROWONTARIO with extensive experience in sport management in the province of Ontario. He was most recently Executive Director of Softball Ontario. From 2010 to 2015 he was Chief Executive Officer of Rugby Ontario, after six years of involvement with referee development and coordinating operations at the Ontario Soccer Association. From 2011 to 2015 he was also a member of the board of directors of Sport Alliance Ontario.

As part of his responsibilities as Executive Director, over the next 18 months Andrew will oversee the development and implementation of new strategic and operating plans for ROWONTARIO, which will be aligned with and designed to maximize rowing’s benefits from the province’s recently announced Ontario Amateur Sport Fund grant program.

At the same time he will continue to build on the excellent relationships with and support for clubs and members developed by ROWONTARIO over the past decade by his predecessor Derek Ventnor through activities such as the COAST program, our joint venture with Ontario Sailing.

Our collective goal continues to be to introduce rowing to a wider range of participants of all ages, increase our membership, achieve competitive success for athletes supported by skilled coaches at safe and fair regattas overseen by quality umpiring, and broaden our presence, visibility, reputation and success throughout the province.