Supporting Canadian Athletes

AthletesCAN is proud to welcome two new members to its board of directors

At this year’s AGM Jillian Drouin and Robin Randall were elected by the membership from a competitive slate of nine athlete leaders. Drouin and Randall replace outgoing board members Caroline Calvé and Trevor Hirschfield.

“We’re excited to have Jillian and Robin on the board,” Thomas Hall, interim executive director of AthletesCAN says. “Jillian’s experience as an athlete representative at Athletics Canada and Robin’s experience as a team sport athlete at Water Polo Canada will bring valuable and unique perspectives to AthletesCAN. Their experience both in sport and in their professional lives will enable AthletesCAN to continue being an effective voice for all of Canada’s national team athletes.”

Jillian Drouin is an active track and field athlete who has competed at an elite level in the heptathlon and high jump since 2003. She has represented Canada at a number of international competitions including the Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games, World University Games, World Youth Championships and NACAC Under-23 Championships where she won both the heptathlon and open high jump and was awarded the Top Female Athlete of the Championships. Jillian is also a two-time National Champion in the high jump and heptathlon.

In 2008, Jillian graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University with a degree in Health and Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition. During her undergrad, Jillian was twice named team captain, became an All-American in the heptathlon, earned Academic All-American honours three times, named Big East Top Graduating Student-Athlete, an NCAA Woman of the Year Finalist and given the Syracuse University Soladay Award for volunteer, athletic and academic excellence. She then went on to complete her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College graduating Cum Laude and with Clinic Honours.

Since 2013, Jillian has been a member of Athletics Canada’s Athlete Council and is the current Female Athlete Director (Rep) for her NSO. She sits on the board for Athletics Canada, as well as some of their operational committees. As a practicing chiropractor, Jillian has a passion for promoting health and fitness within her community through volunteering and youth engagement and she believes athletes make the best leaders for this movement in Canada. She is excited to work with and continue to learn from other amazing athletes while bringing her unique perspective to the AthletesCAN board.

 

Robin Randall has spent the past five years representing the athletes of Water Polo Canada to the Board of Directors, first as a Board Member and then as the first Chair of the Water Polo Canada Athletes’ Council.

He began playing water polo in 1987 at the age of seven. Since then he has represented Canada at the youth, junior, university, and senior level for a total of 20 years, and has competed at five World Championships, three Pan American Games and one Olympic Games. He is now the Team Manager for the Men’s National Team.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work with such great Canadian athlete leaders toward a better sport life for all athletes,” Randall says.

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