Phil Marshall to lead Team Canada into Paris 2024

Phil Marshall to lead Team Canada into Paris 2024

Thursday December 9, 2021 – Victoria, BC

As we set our sights towards the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024, Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Marshall as Head Coach of the National Team programs. Phil will have oversight of the coaching team and provide technical direction across the Olympic and Paralympic programs.

Phil brings over 20 years of coaching experience at all levels of the sport, most recently coaching the Canadian women’s pair (Caileigh Filmer/Hillary Janssens) to Olympic bronze in Tokyo 2020.

“I am thrilled to be moving into the role of Head Coach and leading the team to Paris in 2024,” said Marshall. “I am grateful to RCA for the opportunity to be a part of the leadership team working with athletes and coaches to deliver our collective performance goals. We are tasked with building a foundation for sustainable success.”

The two-time Olympic coach has been instrumental in the development of up-and-coming Canadian coaches and athletes while also building relationships with provincial, national, and international sport partners. Phil was recently awarded the 2021 Coaching Excellence Award by the Coaching Association of Canada.

“We conducted an extensive Head Coach recruitment process with highly qualified candidates from both inside and outside of Canada,” said RCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Terry Dillon. “Our recent successes in Tokyo were supported by Canadian coaches and this appointment reinforces our commitment to invest in our existing coaches and grow more of the same.”

Phil joins a strong High Performance Leadership Team, including Adam Parfitt (Director of High Performance Operations), Chuck McDiarmid (NextGen Lead), Jordan Clarke (Sport Science Manager), and Tricia McBride (Sport Medicine Manager). The immediate focus of this team is to take steps to build a ‘people first’ culture of performance as we set our sights on success at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024.

“I am really looking forward to the next few years with Phil Marshall as the new head coach,” said Olympic rower Jill Moffatt. “Phil operates with a high level of respect for others, works collaboratively with athletes, coaches and staff, and empowers athletes to be the best version of themselves. He understands rowing in Canada and I think that this Canadian perspective will help build the program in a sustainable and meaningful way for years to come.”


For more information:
Colleen Coderre
RCA Communications Lead

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