Olympic coaches to get cash in­cen­tive, too

Ottawa Citizen - - SPORTS -

On the heels of a Cana­dian Olympic Com­mit­tee an­nounce­ment de­tail­ing a fund­ing ini­tia­tive for Olympic ath­letes, the COC an­nounced Satur­day it has cre­ated a coach re­ward pro­gram for Olympic podium per­for­mances.

The new pro­gram will fi­nan­cially re­ward the coaches of Olympic medal win­ners.

Be­gin­ning with the Lon­don 2012 Olympic Games, coaches will re­ceive $10,000 per gold medal, $7,500 per sil­ver medal and $5,000 per bronze medal, per sport dis­ci­pline.

It’s half the amount awarded to Olympic medal­win­ning ath­letes — an­nounced on Thurs­day — $20,000 for gold, $15,000 for sil­ver and $10,000 for bronze.

“Coaches are the back­bone of our ath­letes’ plan­ning, prepa­ra­tion and per­for­mances,” said COC pres­i­dent Mar­cel Aubut.

“From the time a child takes their first steps onto the field, the track, or the ice, the coach is the key. We need to keep our coaches in Canada. We need to re­ward them at the level they so rightly de­serve.”

“This is a great new ini­tia­tive from the COC,” said Julie Sauvé, a syn­chro­nized swim­ming coach.

“Coaches are used to work­ing in the back­ground, but it’s very grat­i­fy­ing to see the COC step up and rec­og­nize the ef­fect coaches have on podium suc­cess.”

PETER MC­CABE, POSTMEDIA NEWS

COC pres­i­dent Mar­cel Aubut thinks re­ward­ing coaches for medal wins will help to keep them in Canada.

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