Olympic Medallist Iain Brambell Joins Own the Podium’s Team of High-Performance Advisors


Chris Dornan (OTP)

February 11, 2013, Ottawa, ON (ISN) – Olympic bronze medallist, Iain Brambell, is joining Own the Podium’s team of high-performance advisors.

The three-time Olympian, who rowed his way to the podium in the men’s lightweight fours at the 2008 Games in Beijing, brings extensive leadership experience gained from a variety of competitive and administrative roles – both on and off the playing field – while involved in both the Canadian and Australian sport systems. After calling it a career in the boat, Brambell became the executive director of B.C. Athlete Voice before heading Down Under to work for Rowing Australia and the Australia Sports Commission where he served in a variety of roles since 2009 – most recently as senior sport partnership manager.

“Iain represents a perfect blend of experience reaching the podium both as an athlete and administrator,” said Mark Hahto, director, summer sport, Own the Podium. “He understands the relentless commitment required to work in partnership with the national sport organizations to develop medal-winning programs. He is an excellent addition to our team, the Canadian sport system is stronger today with his involvement.”

Having invested a significant portion of his athletic and professional career towards achieving excellence in sport, Brambell brings a unique perspective, and comprehensive understanding of Canada’s sport environment to his new role. As a summer-sport high-performance advisor, Brambell will help create a training and competition atmosphere that will provide athletes and coaches the greatest opportunity to win international medals.

“As an athlete, I experienced the privilege and pride of competing with the Canadian maple leaf on my chest. I felt the same immense pride as a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Board of Directors where I witnessed the remarkable work by Mark Lowry driving a much-needed change in Canada’s approach to high-performance sport,” said Brambell. “It is this pride and understanding that I would like to recommit to the Canadian sport system, and most importantly, within an organization that has changed the culture and delivery of sport in our country.”

A six-time World Cup medallist, Brambell represented Canada at eight World Rowing Championships. He also celebrated two silver medals at the Pan American Games, and six national titles throughout his athletic career. During his days as an athlete, Brambell also committed his time to sport administration as an athlete representative on a variety of Boards including: Canadian Olympic Committee; Silken’s Active Kids Charity; Athletes CAN; Pacific Sport National Sport Centre; and Rowing Canada Aviron.

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 the Canadian 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. Canada remains committed to being a world-leading winter sport nation. Own the Podium has set a goal for Canadian athletes to finish number one in the overall medal count at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and to be in the top-three nations in the gold medal count at the 2014 Paralympic Winter 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.