Speed Skating Canada adds two Regional Development Mentors to its team

Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is pleased to announce the addition of two part-time Regional Development Mentors to their staff. Mike Marshall, Technical Director for the Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association(AASSA), Kenan Gouadec, also a coach mentor with Fédération de Patinage de vitesse du Québec (FPVQ) will both join SSC for an average of two days a week.

These positions have been created thanks to partnerships with AASSA and FPVQ and the financial support of Sport Canada and Own The Podium. The aim is to enhance capacity system capacity supporting athlete development within the Training to Train and Learning to Compete stages of development. Specifically, Mike and Kenan will be available to work with and support coaches of identified athletes within these stages of development. They will work directly with a small group of coaches of athletes competing at a National/International level. As their duties grow they will also lead professional development activities and clinics for specific training groups. They will also work closely with SSC’s High Performance Programs in the development of talent identification strategies.

In the early phases of their work, Mike and Kenan will be involved in an advisory role in guiding LTPAD implementation initiatives and the development of the new NCCP Competition-Development-Context. They will assume a more hands on role with specific initiatives coach education/mentorship and talent identification initiatives through the 2011-2012 season.

For the remainder of the 2010-2011 season Mike and Kenan will be present at numerous provincial and national events speaking with coaches, parents, skaters, officials and other volunteers to gain a better understanding of current needs, opportunities and challenges. They will also be gathering data and video footage to assist SSC in building a national education and program support strategy through the identification of critical gaps in ensuring access to high quality training environment for skaters in the Training to Train and Learning to Compete stages of development in all regions. Mike and Kenan’s schedule of events is available at the end of this communiqué.

Kenan will be working out the SSC/FPVQ office in Montreal located at the Aréna Maurice Richard, while Mike will continue to work out of the AASSA office.

Mike Marshall

Kenan Gouadec
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Mike and Kenan have both been involved in speed skating for most of their lives. Mike, originally from Port Coquitlam BC is a former National Team skater, Coach and NCI-Calgary graduate. In additional to National Team experience Mike has worked as both a club and provincial coach, and currently is Technical Director for AASSA. As national team coach Mike coached at two Olympic games, coaching several notable athletes through their developmental years including Kristina Groves.

Kenan has participated as an athlete in Ontario and as national level short track skater at the Olympic Oval in Calgary before using his dual citizenship to skate with the French National short track team. Kenan has a Bachelors degree in exercise science from Concordia University, and a Masters degree in exercise physiology from the University of Montreal. While attending University Kenan was an active coach in the Montreal region, most recently with the Montreal International Elite club. Kenan has been the head Coach for Quebec teams at numerous national competitions and a Canadian team Coach at 2 World Junior Short Track championships.

Mike Marshall

Kenan Gouadec

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Alberta CWG ST Selection #1 and regional FUNdamentals –T2T
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Ontario CWG Selections & Regional FUNDamentals Competition, Gloucester, ON

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Alberta CWG selection #2 and
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Canadian Junior Championships, Saguenay, QC

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National Qualifier, Sherbrooke, Qc

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Alberta Open Indoor Long Track
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Canadian Open Championships, Montreal, QC
Espoir #3, Drummondville, QC

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Canadian Junior Long Track Championships, Winnipeg, MB

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Circuit Elite #3, Québec, QC

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Codiac Cyclones Ability Competition, Dieppe, NB

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Canada Winter Games, Halifax, NS

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RU Fast, Calgary, AB

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Ontario Provincial Championships, London, ON

Mar 12-13

Championnat Québécois, Lévis, QC

Mar 17-20

Canadian Short Track Championships, Montreal, QC

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Canadian Short Track Championships, Montreal, QC

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Canada West Short Track Championships, Kelowna, BC

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Canada East Short Track Championships, Toronto, ON