Swedish Star set to shine over Australian water

General / Oct 24, 2013

Working closely with the Men's Canoe Sprint Head Coach Jimmy Owens to develop the next generation of 1000m kayak champions, Gustafsson brings his expertise and experience to the role fresh from the race course and will be an asset to Australian Canoeing's High Performance Program.

National Performance Director, Richard Fox  said, "it is great to have Anders join on board and joining our high performance team, we look forward to his integration into our national 1000m program where I am sure he will have an immediate impact with our young emerging athletes".

"This appointment continues our investment in technical coaching expertise as a key Winning Edge performance strategy heading towards Rio and beyond. Anders is well known to our team having spent many years training with our top athletes, he is a great role model for younger athletes because of his professionalism and balanced approach to personal development and training", Fox said.

A former Swedish Sprint international and three time Olympian, Gustafsson is a world class athlete in his own right. The former 500m World and European champion retired recently after finishing 5th at the London 2012 Olympics and competing at the recent 2013 world championships in Germany.

Gustafsson has worked closely with the Swedish national program as a team member for the past 15 years and has influenced the development of junior paddlers through coaching clinics and training camps for many years.

As a relatively young coach, he is excited at the opportunity to work with our sprint program in developing new talent and creating future champions.

I look forward to bringing continuity and excellence to the daily training environment of the sprint program. "Champions are made on Wednesday mornings, not every four years, it's every day, pushing yourself on those days when you wake up a little sore from the day before that creates true champions"

Welcome to Australia, mate, and see you on the water!