CY­CLING CANADA HIRES NEW COACHES

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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.

Jono Hail­stone

Philippe Ab­bott

Steve Di Ci­acca

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