National Pathway Manager Announced

General / Dec 6, 2013

Australian Canoeing today announced the appointment of Melissa Hopwood as the new National Pathway Manager in the High Performance Program.

Working closely with the National Performance Director, National Coaches and system partners, the National Pathway Manager will provide leadership and coordination of all aspects of Australian Canoeing’s National Coach and Athlete Pathway.

Hopwood, currently a consultant in the coaching and leadership division at the AIS, brings with her an impressive resume of qualifications and experience from a PhD in athlete development, to time spent as a skill acquisition expert at the Coaching Institute in Canada and with the Winter Games skeleton program accelerating athlete learning.

“I am really excited to be joining Australian Canoeing and I am looking forward to building our capacity and capability in the areas of athlete and coach development. Canoeing have experienced great success from targeted talent identification and development initiatives in the past so I am hoping to learn from those accomplishments and extend on them as we aim towards Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

The newly created position aims to ensure that sufficient quantity and quality of Coaches and Athletes are identified and developed within AC’s National Coach and Athlete Pathway in line with AC’s Winning Edge (AWE) performance targets for 2014-22.

National Performance Director, Richard Fox said.”
we are delighted to welcome Melissa on board to shape and drive our athlete and coach pathway for the future. Her strong background in athlete development, talent ID and skill acquisition make her a great fit for our team moving forward”.

Melissa will attend the Sprint Grand Prix in Adelaide this weekend to touch base with the sport before commencing formally with AC at the start of January.

This appointment continues Australian Canoeing’s commitment to key Winning Edge performance strategies heading towards Rio and beyond.

“I am really excited to be joining Australian Canoeing and I am looking forward to building our capacity and capability in the areas of athlete and coach development. Canoeing have experienced great success from targeted talent identification and development initiatives in the past so I am hoping to learn from those accomplishments and extend on them as we aim towards Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.”

Melissa will join the team from 6th January 2014.








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