October 17, 2013, OTTAWA (ISN) – Accomplished sport leader Martin Goulet has been appointed as Executive Director with Water Polo Canada.
The national sport federation’s selection of Goulet is telling of the organizations’ focus on high performance. The new Executive Director will bring a wealth of management and technical experience, namely as Chief High Performance Officer with Athletics Canada from 2006 to early 2013 and as a prominent Olympic coach and team leader since 1992. Martin Goulet will be leaving his current responsibilities as Team Services Specialist at the Canadian Olympic Committee to take on the position at Water Polo Canada starting on November 13, 2013.
“We offer Martin Goulet a warm welcome to the Water Polo Canada team,” said President Conrad Hadubiak. “His in-depth understanding of sport administration in Canada will be invaluable in ensuring continued success for Water Polo Canada, both nationally and on the international stage.”
“It is truly an honour and a privilege to have been selected as Executive Director at Water Polo Canada,” said Goulet. “This role comes with a great deal of responsibilities and challenges and I am thoroughly prepared to ‘Give my Everything’. The Canadian Olympic Committee’s motto and my work there over the last five months will continue to be an inspiration to set the bar high,” he said.
Goulet indeed has extensive personal Olympic experience, having been a member of the Canadian delegation for the six (6) summer games since Barcelona in 1992.
“With his extensive industry experience over the years, Martin has proven to be an extremely valued member of the Canadian sports world,” said Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee. “He played an integral role in the Team Services department while at the COC and his presence, knowledge and excellent work ethic will be sorely missed. I know he will go on to do good things at Water Polo Canada.”
On top of establishing him as a highly respected technical leader, Martin Goulet’s diverse experience has often allowed him to demonstrate his sound business judgement, ethical management skills and his capacity to successfully lead multidisciplinary teams of professionals towards a common objective.
His constant focus on team success will never be far from his mind as he adapts to his new responsibilities. “My commitment remains the same as it has been over the last 25 years or so,” said Goulet. “Our goal is Olympic success for Canada. On top of this, I will devote myself to organizational improvement and continue to steer Water Polo Canada towards a best-in-class position amongst the national sports federations. Ultimately, I want to see pride and confidence reflected in the eyes of each and every one of our members,” said Goulet.
Martin Goulet was born in Montreal, where he currently resides, and is a graduate of Université de Montréal. He is a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC)
Since the departure of its former Executive Director Ahmed El-Awadi (now CEO at Swimming Canada) in early August 2013, Water Polo Canada undertook a search to find the best candidate for its leadership role. After the recruitment committee met several high-level candidates, it identified Goulet as a natural choice because of both his personal and professional qualities.
“Martin is an extremely knowledgeable and well-rounded executive and we are pleased to now have him on board. We know that his passion and drive will play an important role in Water Polo Canada’s realizations going forward,” said Hadubiak.