Brian Rahill returns to Speed Skating Canada as High Performance Director

Speed Skating Canada is pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Rahill as High Performance Director of both its short track and long track programs. Based in Ottawa, he will begin work Monday, September 22.
 
Rahill knows well the Canadian speed skating scene as it will be his fourth tour with the national organization. He was the Technical Programs Coordinator from 1998 to 2000, Executive Director of Operations from 2002 to 2004 and Sport Director from 2006 to 2010. He led Speed Skating Canada's High Performance program that saw Canada earn 10 medals at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

After being a luge athlete and the High Performance Program Manager for the Canadian Luge Association, he also filled three positions with the Canadian Olympic Committee as Manager of the High Performance Programs (2000-2002), Manager (Director), Games (2004-2006), and Manager, Team Services (2010-2012). Following the 2012 Olympic Games and until now, he has worked with Own the Podium as a High Performance Advisor. He spent more than 25 years in high performance sport and participated in four Olympic Winter Games as Team Leader.
 
"Brian Rahill will bring instant leadership credibility and a wealth of sport and speed skating specific knowledge to this post," said Speed Skating Canada’s Chief Executive Officer, Ian Moss.
 
“He is well respected both within our community and the Canadian sport community as a whole. His knowledge of our systems that created our success in the past, combined with his high performance sport knowledge gained from his time with the Canadian Olympic Committee and Own the Podium, brings a fresh new perspective to our programme.
 
"I’m sure he will lead our technical team of coaches toward greater success and, once again, place speed skating back into its historic position of being Canada's highest medal producer at the Winter Olympic Games for years to come."
 
As the High Performance Director, Rahill will be in charge of the development, implementation and ongoing leadership of a world class Long Track and Short Track national team programs for Canada that is capable of producing sustained podium performances. He will oversee the strategic direction of both National Team programs and will be responsible for building a team approach within professional staff and national team athletes leading to podium success.

"I'm very happy to be back with Speed Skating Canada and to be directly involved with the high performance sport organization", said Rahill. "I'm very excited to work with the coaches and support staff members with whom I shared many experiences and fond memories including this unique Canadian experience: the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver."

"While I will focus particularly on the two high performance programs, a lot of work also needs to be done to ensure that the entire high performance athlete pathways are healthy and preparing the next cohorts of high performing athletes, including for the Olympic Games. And to make this possible, I look forward to working jointly with everyone involved and all our partners across the country."

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 13,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsors Intact Insurance and Samsung, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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For information:
Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca
Phone: 514 213-9897
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
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Jeff MacKinnon   
Coordinator, Media and Communications Services – long track
Speed Skating Canada
Email: jmackinnon@speedskating.ca
Phone: 403-860-9525
Website: www.speedskating.ca 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SSC.PVC
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