CYCLING CANADA HIRES NEW COACHES
Jono Hailstone has been hired as men’s track Endurance head coach. He started at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in January, working closely with Luc Arseneau, men’s track Endurance NextGen coach, and with other staff. Ultimately the goal is to optimize the performances of our men’s track Endurance riders in the men’s Team Pursuit at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Hailstone has experience coaching for Cycling New Zealand and for the New Zealand Paralympic Committee. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a high level of coaching certification.
“Canada is a rapidly developing nation on the international track-cycling scene; I’m looking forward to contributing to that momentum going forward,” said Hailstone.
“Through our extensive debrief process, we were able to identify gaps that our riders had in the Team Pursuit event; Jono has the skills to bridge those gaps,” said Jacques Landry, Cycling Canada’s Chief Technical Officer.
Cycling Canada has also appointed Philippe Abbott to the position of NextGen para-cycling coach-West, identifying and developing para-cycling talent from Manitoba to B.C.
Working under head para-cycling coach Sebastien Travers, and in tandem with the NextGen para-cycling coachEast, Guillaume Plourde, Abbott will head the para-cycling development program based out of Calgary, Alta.
Abbott previously worked at Alberta Bicycle Association as high-performance director and as the high-performance cycling coach at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary.
“Being involved in the program with current world champion Mike Sametz, Phil will bring his experience and knowledge to the next generation of para-cyclists in Western Canada,” said Travers.
The NextGen coach-West position is made possible by partnerships between Cycling Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee, the Alberta Cycling Association, Own the Podium and the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary. In November, the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) and Cycling Canada announced that Steve Di Ciacca was hired as lead of Performance Services Cycling. Di Ciacca will work out of the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ont.
Di Ciacca holds a Bachelors of Science and a Masters in Physiotherapy from Western University. He brings more than 14 years of experience working with Rowing Canada. Di Ciacca will be working with Cycling Canada for the delivery of world-class sport-science and sport-medicine services to National team athletes.
“Steve brings years of expertise to this role, including his experience leading an integrated support team,” said Pierre McCourt, director of performance services at Canadian Sport Institute Ontario.
Steve Di Ciacca