Kris Westwood of Ottawa, ON is the latest addition to Cycling Canada’s staff, being named to the newly created position of High Performance Manager.
Westwood joins Cycling Canada with an extensive cycling résumé, having served as the national body as High Performance Director prior to the 2008 Olympic Games. Most recently, he worked with high-profile cycling teams and organizations, such as former Team SpiderTech, the Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau and spearheaded a project to bring a velodrome to the National Capital region.
“We are pleased that Kris has decided to return to our organization in this new position, said Jacques Landry, High Performance Director – Head Coach. “Given his multi-faceted skill sets, Kris will be a welcome addition. Among other duties, he will oversee the delivery of the high performance programs executed by the sport coordinators. His vast knowledge of all cycling events will definitely contribute to enhancing the programs and services offered to our athletes.”
Added Landry: “The arrival of Kris is only the start as Cycling Canada gets ready to take on the world heading to Rio [2016 Olympic Games] with a vision of being one of the top cycling nations in 2020, and beyond.”
Under the supervision of the High Performance Director – Head Coach, Kris will work in collaboration with Mathieu Boucher, Performance Development Director and Andrea Wooles, IST Manager to ensure continuity across High Performance, Development and Integrated Service Team areas of support. Each of these areas is overseen by the High Performance Director – Head Coach who ensures the alignment within the athlete development system.
“This is a very exciting time for Canadian cycling. Our international performances are improving across the board, and that’s due in no small part to the hard work that’s taking place behind the scenes at Cycling Canada; said Westwood. “I’m thrilled to return to the organization and work alongside Jacques and the team to build on this foundation of success. We have a wealth of cycling talent in Canada and all the elements are in place for us to become a top cycling nation. Canadian cycling fans have a lot to look forward to in the coming years.”
Westwood is scheduled to start his new duties at the national office in Ottawa on April 15, 2013.