Featured / General / Dec 13, 2016



Australian Canoeing (AC) is pleased to announce Shaun Stephens as the new National Performance Director, commencing the role on 9th Jan 2017.

Stephens joins AC having recently served as Performance Manager at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) working across a number of national sporting organisations to assist in developing strategies to achieve high performances success.

With an extensive background in high performance sport having worked as the Performance Coach for TeamSky as well as Performance Manager/Head Coach for Triathlon with the AIS, Stephens brings to the position experience across numerous high performance roles including high performance coach, sports science and sports administration.

Stephens said he has long admired the quality athletes Australian Canoeing has produced over the years and he looks forward to commencing the role.

“I had the privilege of previously working at Pizzey Park where many of the Australian Canoeing athletes are based and I was able to see the depth of talent the sport has and the strong work ethic their athletes possess.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the athletes and coaches and identifying the opportunities we can work together on over the next four years and beyond. I’m hoping I can bring new and different ideas that will help the coaches build on the success the sport has experienced,” said Stephens.

Australian Canoeing President Andrea McQuitty said she is thrilled to welcome Shaun Stephens to the AC team at a time where the sport is undergoing exciting changes.

“Shaun will bring to Australian Canoeing an extensive amount of knowledge and experience across numerous Olympic sports, with new ideas and a fresh approach for our high performance team.

“He will oversee a very experienced high performance team with AC recently appointing national coaches Julien Billaut (NSWIS National Slalom Coach), Myriam Fox (National Slalom Coach), Andrea King (National Paracanoe Coach) and Jimmy Owens (National Sprint Men’s Head Coach) as part of our Tokyo 2020 campaign,” said McQuitty.

Acting AIS Director Dean Kenneally said: “Shaun has made a fantastic contribution to a number of sports through his work as AIS Performance Manager and we’re delighted his expertise and enthusiasm for Australian high performance sport will continue with Canoeing.”

AC recently completed a whole of sport review, with a restructure of the sport underway to ensure the organisation can deliver against it’s current strategic plan.

As the sport looks towards and beyond Tokyo 2020, the new structure and new direction for the whole sport is the priority of the AC Board.

McQuitty said the changes AC will look to implement over the coming months, is designed to build on the strong foundations the sport has established over a number of years.

“Australian Canoeing has experienced much success internationally over an extended period, with our strategic plan and new staffing structure designed to further build on that success.

“To that point I would like to acknowledge and thank outgoing National Performance Director Richard Fox, who for the past nineteen years has been an integral member of the AC team and lead our teams to Olympic success.

“Richard’s time with AC has helped position Australia’s canoeing program one of the best in the world and on behalf of the broader AC community we thank him for the vision and commitment that he has provided to the sport,” said McQuitty.

For further media enquires please contact Greg Doyle at Australian Canoeing on 02 9763 0670.