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CKC Advisory - August 24th, 2010

August 24, 2010


As the 2010 World Championships conclude, I'm writing to notify you of another significant change to the CanoeKayak Canada staff.  Graham Barton has decided to move on to work as a High Performance Advisor for Own the Podium this fall. I have spoken to Graham several times this week, and I can tell you that he is very excited about the personal opportunity this represents for him, and
also about the opportunity that this creates for the sprint high performance program at CKC. 

Of course I am sure that your initial reaction will be one of concern.  I share that concern.  But in my many discussions with CKC Director General Lorraine Lafrenière  and Graham I feel very reassured that the organization is in good hands, and we will work through this transition efficiently.  Lorraine is in close discussions with OTP to establish clear terms of reference for an ongoing partnership with Graham.  CKC will be able to retain Graham's expert guidance through to 2012, in whatever way that fits in with the requirements of our new High Performance Director.  Lorraine intends to send out a job posting before the
end of nationals and is planning to establish an expert panel to help her make the decision on a successful candidate. 

Graham has been a dedicated and passionate member of our leadership team for more than a dozen years. Under his great technical leadership, we have created a legacy of high performance excellence for sprint canoeing in Canada.  While it will be a challenge to replace him, we should all feel
confident that we can find a new technical leader who can continue to build on CanoeKayak Canada's success internationally. And I have no doubt that Graham will have a significant impact on Canada's success in all sports with Own The Podium.  Lorraine, Chris Helyar (CKC Chair High Performance Committee)  and I are looking forward to working with Graham and Own the Podium through this transition and beyond to create the future of Canadian sport.

Peter Giles, Commodore, CKC


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