Para-athletics Head Coach change at Athletics Canada

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Robyn Woods

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced today that Laurier Primeau of Burnaby, B.C., has replaced Ozzie Sawicki of Calgary, Alta., in the position of para-athletics head coach leading into and at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Primeau has a wealth of technical and coaching experience including leading a national program into and in a major games situation. Primeau’s main task and focus is on final team preparations and head coach duties at the 2012 Games in London, England.

As a whole Athletics Canada’s para-athletics program will be led by a group of technical leaders, with Laurier at the helm of the London 2012 program, with a comprehensive review of the program post-Paralympic Games. “Our athletes and coaches will receive a clear high performance message,” said Martin Goulet, Chief High Performance Officer with Athletics Canada. Goulet adds, “We are expecting enhanced motivation and confidence under Laurier’s leadership, he will provide strong direction and the required support to our targeted athletes.”

From preparation to delivery Laurier will serve as head coach for Athletics Canada’s Paralympic Games London 2012 program. Primeau’s focus will be concentrated on two themes in particular. The first is to establish clear lines of communication between coaching staff, integrated support team, targeted athletes and personal coaches. The second is ensuring targeted athletes have everything required in their training environments in the lead up to the Paralympic Games.

Primeau, who led the Scottish Athletics 2010 Commonwealth Games Team, is currently head coach at Trinity Western University as well as a high performance para-athletics coach with Athletics Canada. Notably Primeau has been working with Braedon Dolfo who recently broke the Canadian record in the T13 classification 100-metres en route to a bronze medal at the 2011 Parapan American Games. From 2002 to 2009 he was involved with Canada’s national program as a coach in the areas of jumps, combined events and relays. He served in a coaching capacity at two World Junior Championships and three Pan American Junior Championships and was a member of the national team from 1990 to 1998 competing in the 400-metre hurdles and 4×400-metres relay.

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