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OTTAWA—One of Canada’s veteran Olympic sport administrators, Brian Rahill, will join Own the Podium’s team of high-performance advisors focused on helping Canada’s summer-sport athletes’ quest for the podium, the nation’s leader in driving high-performance sport announced on Monday.

As a summer-sport high-performance advisor, Rahill will help create the training and competition environment that will provide summer athletes and coaches the greatest opportunity to win international medals.

The bilingual sport leader, who brings nearly 20 years of experience working in a variety of roles within the summer and winter Olympic sport community, has spent nearly half of hiscareer with the Canadian Olympic Committee – most recently as manager, team services where he was committed to helping prepare eight summer national sport organizations for the 2012 Games. Between his three separate stints with the COC, Rahill dedicated one Olympic cycle (2006-2010) as director, sport for Speed Skating Canada where he helped the nation’s short- and long-track speed skaters win a total of 10 medals in a pressure-packed environment on home ice at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

“Brian encompasses all of the skills a high-performance advisor strives to achieve,” said Mark Hahto, director, summer sport, Own the Podium. “He has experience working in the winter and summer high-performance environment with athletes and coaches under the most intense pressure, where he has developed and successfully executedstrategic plans designed to win medals. He will be a valuable addition to our team.”

Rahill began his career in sport in 1995 as high-performance director with the Canadian Luge Association. He also successfully carried out positions as director of sport, executive director of operations, and technical program coordinator with Speed Skating Canada.

Rahill will be counted on to identify the resources that athletes and coaches require to achieve excellence while working with the technical staff of the various national sport organizations. In addition to monitoring the progress of the sports on an ongoing basis, Rahill will provide support and counsel to high-performance directors and coaches, and provide solutions to gaps in organizational operations.

About Own the Podium

Own the Podium, a not-for-profit organization, prioritizes and determines investment strategies to national sport organizations in an effort to deliver more Olympic and Paralympic medals for Canada. Own the Podium’s largest contributor of funding is the Government of Canada with additional funding provided by theCanadian Olympic Committee and its Canadian Olympic Foundation, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, along with the corporate community.

A national sport technical initiative, Own the Podium was created in 2005 to help Canada become the number one nation at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and to place in the top-three nations in the gold medal count at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. While Canada remains committed to being a world-leading winter sport nation, Own the Podium has set a goal for Canadian athletes to have atop-12 placing at the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games, and to be in the top-eight nations in gold-medal count at the 2012 Paralympic Summer Games. Both of these initiatives reflect what Canadians want from Canada’s high-performance athletes and helps advance the “excellence” goal of the Canadian Sport Policy.

For a full summary of Own the Podium initiatives and programs, including a breakdown of support and services by sport, please visit us at www.ownthepodium.org on the Internet.