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AthletesCAN is pleased to announce Canadian athlete leader Thomas Hall as Interim Executive Director

Thomas Hall - HeadshotOTTAWA (August 3, 2016) – The AthletesCAN Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Hall to the role of Interim Executive Director, effective August 29, 2016. The announcement comes as current Executive Director Ashley LaBrie takes maternity leave with her second child due during the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.  Tom’s system experience, corporate knowledge, and diverse skill set are crucial over this next year to lead the anticipated workload that comes on the heels of our new 2016-2020 Strategic Plan set to be released this August.

“We will miss Ashley’s vision, diligence and leadership when she is away,” says AthletesCAN President Josh Vander Vies. “We are particularly pleased though, with the quality of candidates who emerged in our search for Interim Executive Director. Tom’s experience, passion and skill set him out from that distinguished field as a strong fit to help us start our new strategic cycle with focus.”

Tom has been involved with AthletesCAN for more than a decade as both a national team athlete, an ambassador and most recently as part of the board of directors, departing in 2014 as Vice President.

“l am confident that Tom’s passion and vision for AthletesCAN will ensure that we continue to deliver on key objectives over the next year in support of our athletes and the greater sport system”, says current Executive Director, Ashley LaBrie.  “Having worked directly with Tom over the years has enabled a seamless transition process that will serve to continue the necessary momentum of important projects including athlete and partner engagement, our campaign to increase athlete funding, our participation in the current targeted funding model review, and the essential work around Athlete Agreements and the health and safety of our athletes.”

“I am very happy to be joining AthletesCAN as Interim Executive Director,” Hall says. “I’m most excited to be working with and for Canada’s national team athletes again, but I’m also looking forward to the opportunity to build on Ashley’s excellent work creating constructive relationships with national sport federations, multisport organizations and AthletesCAN’s various partners as we continually try to improve our athlete-centred sport system.”

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Hall was a sprint canoer and is a 15 year veteran of the national team who competed at every level of competition. He is an Olympic bronze medalist, a Pan Am champion and a world silver medalist. He brings with him a wealth of experience from his time as an athlete, an active volunteer in Canadian sport and his experience working as a writer and editor for some of Canada’s largest publications. He is currently in Rio with Team Canada working in Canada Olympic House as an athlete liaison.

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AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the collective voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture.

For more information, please contact:

Ashley LaBrie
Executive Director
AthletesCAN
alabrie@athletescan.com

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