Following the recent historic success of the Canadian women’s artistic gymnastics (WAG) team at the 2018 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships that saw the team come home with two medals, and a record high fourth-place finish in the team competition, Gymnastics Canada is pleased to announce that David Kikuchi of Halifax, NS and Lorie Henderson of Brandon, MB will lead our women’s artistic team through the 2020 Tokyo Olympic preparation phase that begins now.
“David and Lorie are both well respected technical experts within the WAG community and were our Team Leads in 2018 for the very successful Commonwealth Games and World Championships,” said Ian Moss, CEO of Gymnastics Canada. “There is no question that they have the skill set and the support within our elite athlete and coach community to properly prepare the team for success at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.”
In support of Kikuchi and Henderson, and to continue to build the WAG elite national team and “Next Gen” 2024/2028 programs, Gymnastics Canada has also updated its high-performance (HP) administration and technical support team. Alex Bard of Mississauga, ON will continue as the National Team coach responsible for daily contact with elite coaches and athletes within the program. JF Mathieu of Laval, QC will lead the WAG integrated support team (IST) program, and Amanda Tambakopoulos of Gatineau, QC will lead the WAG high performance administration support system at the national office in Ottawa.
“2018 has been a year of transition for the WAG program – we have tested a number of leadership and management systems within our HP program and now have come to the conclusion that this group of dedicated leaders are not only capable of producing the success we are working towards, but also have an extremely strong internal working relationship that will contribute significantly to that success,” said Moss. “It is critical that we settle on the leadership team now for Tokyo so that everyone knows their roles, and the community are able to work closely with these leaders towards our collective goals.”
Further detailed information will be provided to the WAG community at the upcoming Elite Canada WAG competition in Gatineau, QC this January. All questions related to WAG programming should be directed to Tambakopoulos while Moss, as CEO and interim High Performance Director, will continue to provide overall program oversight and final decision-making as required.
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