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October 16, 2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) today announced that Martin McElroy is named to the new position of Performance Director responsible for the men’s program. McElroy will be based in Victoria, B.C., and will be responsible for the senior men’s rowing program and the under 23 men’s rowing program.

McElroy coached Great Britain’s Olympic gold medal winning rowing men’s eight at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. More recently, he was the Performance Director for Rowing Ireland, and in this role he was involved in all aspects of that country’s high performance rowing program. He has an MBA in the Management of Innovation and is an accredited Human Performance Improvement consultant.

“Martin has a strong background in all aspects of high performance rowing and will be a great asset to our program leading to Rio in 2016,” said RCA’s High Performance Director, Peter Cookson. “His leadership skills and coaching background will provide the necessary tools to help RCA meet its goal of multiple medals in 2016.”

“I feel very privileged to be joining Rowing Canada Aviron at this time,” said McElroy. “Canada has a great tradition on the world stage, which together with the more recent support of Own The Podium and other partners, creates exciting possibilities for the future. I’ve always been impressed by the toughness and commitment of Canada’s rowing athletes. All considered, I see this as a tremendous opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it.”

As was announced earlier, John Keogh will assume the role of Performance Director – Women. Based in London, Ontario, Keogh coached the Canadian women’s eight to a silver medal in London and before that worked in the British rowing system – in development and senior levels. Al Morrow, a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and a multiple Olympic medal-winning coach, will take over the lightweight men’s program.

Coach Terry Paul will be assisting McElroy at the Victoria Training Centre with his primary focus on the men’s under 23 program. Michelle Darvill will assist Keogh with the women’s program in London, Ontario. Darvill has headed RCA’s under 23 women’s program with gold medal success in the women’s eight and women’s four, respectively, in the past two years.

“It’s an exciting time for rowing in Canada as we begin this next quadrennial and look forward to seeing the HP team guide the athletes to reach their potential in Rio in 2016,” said Dr. Michael Murphy, President of Rowing Canada Aviron. “

Rowing Canada has not yet confirmed its full 2013 National Rowing Team regatta schedule, but plans are underway to have representation at the Samsung World Rowing Cup One in Sydney, Australia, in late March.