AIS Acting Director Phil Borgeaud said Druce, who has been involved in the program since 2005, will now officially take charge as Head Coach until December 2012.
‘I’m pleased to be able to announce the appointment of Mike Druce to this important role,’ Borgeaud said.
‘Mike has been involved in the program for a number of years and will now lead Canoe Slalom on its journey to the London 2012 Olympic Games.’
Druce said that he is looking forward to leading Australia’s charge into London.
‘The Canoe Slalom program in Australia is improving every year and it gives me great pride to be named as Head Coach,’ Druce said.
‘Winning two medals in Beijing set a great platform for the program and I look forward to contributing to the future successes of the program.’
Australian Canoeing (AC) Chief Executive Greg Doyle welcomed the appointment.
‘AC is delighted with the appointment of Mike Druce as Canoe Slalom Head Coach leading into London 2012,’ Doyle said.
‘His experience and commitment to achieving podium results and building performance across all classes provides the ideal stepping stone to build on our recent successes.’
The AIS program partnership with Australian Canoeing and the New South Wales Institute of Sports goes under the banner of the Canoe Slalom National Centre of Excellence. The partnership maximises resources, coaching and services to deliver a streamlined national program from the AIS built facility at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium.