“Ken Radford appointed High Performance Director”

OTTAWA – Swimming Canada announced today, the hiring of Lance Cansdale as its new Domestic Operations Director as well as the appointment of Ken Radford as High Performance Technical Director.

Cansdale, who is well known in the Swimming community, brings to the role over 20 years of experience as a high performance swimmer, coach and administrator.

“We’re very happy to welcome Lance to the National Office Staff,” said Pierre Lafontaine, CEO and National Coach for Swimming Canada. “Lance brings a wealth of knowledge to the role, and will be a great resources for member clubs, coaches and Provincial sections.”

As Domestic Operations Director, Cansdale will oversee the coordination and delivery of the Club Recognition and Excellence Program as well as delivery of club toolkits and consultation services for member clubs and Provincial Sections. He will also direct Swimming Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development strategy.

Cansdale, who will official take on the role of Domestic Operations Director on September 1st, will continue with his current role as Provincial Coach for Swimming Nova Scotia and Halifax Trojan’s Head Coach throughout the 2009-10 swimming season, but will work on a part-time basis on developing the Swimming Canada Club Recognition and Excellence Program.

After September 1st, Cansdale will play a key role coordinating with Swimming Canada’s NCCP and on-line systems contractors and our stakeholders. He will manage programs and services related to CIS swimming, actively contribute to Swimming Canada’s designated competition management team and play a lead role in other domestic technical portfolios.

Ken Radford takes on the role of High Performance Director

Current Swimming Canada Technical Director, Ken Radford, will be shifting portfolio with a greater role in the management of High Performance plans and services for Canadian swimming. Radford, who has been with Swimming Canada since 1999, will be responsible for monitoring and assessing the development and performances of carded athletes. He will manage the Integrated Support Team program as well as the National High Performance Centres and Academies. Working closely with the national Coach, he will manage all external technical relations with stakeholders such as FINA, Pan Pacific Swimming Charter Nations and Commonwealth Games.

Radford will continue to direct athlete and coach selection criteria and policies, performance grants and carding. He will play the lead role in the management of our national and international calendars, and contribute as an active member of Swimming Canada’s designated competition management team. Working with our technical stakeholders, he will play a key role in the development programs for Para-swimming, Open Water and National Team Development programs. Ken will continue to bridge the two positions until Cansdale takes on the role on September.

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Background information: Lance Cansdale

• SWIM NOVA SCOTIA – Halifax, Nova Scotia Apr. 2007 – present: Provincial Swimming Coach
• HALIFAX TROJAN AQUATIC CLUB – Halifax, Nova Scotia Aug. 2006 – present: Head Swimming Coach
• CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY – BAKERSFIELD – Athletic Department, Bakersfield, CA Sept. 2004 – Aug. 2006: Head Men’s Swimming Coach
• SWIM BC – Vancouver, B.C. Sept. 1999 – Aug. 2003: Executive Director (Technical Director)
• HYACK SWIM CLUB – New Westminster / Coquitlam, B.C. Sept. 1996 – Aug. 1999: Director of Swimming / Head Coach (Technical Operations)
• VERNON KOKANEE SWIM CLUB – Vernon, B.C. Sept. 1992 – Aug.1996: Head Swimming Coach
• SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY – Athletic Department, Burnaby, B.C. June 1989 – Oct. 1992: Head Swimming Coach
• TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY – Fort Worth, Texas Aug. 1986 – May 1988: Distance / IM and Assistant Swimming Coach