OTTAWA (CAN) - LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, January 17, 2013: Gymnastics Canada has appointed Richard Crépin of Montreal as its new chairman, Dean Giesbrecht of Calgary as vice chairman and Tony Smith of Calgary as the director of the national men’s artistic gymnastics team.
Gymnastics Canada, the national governing body for the sport of gymnastics, recently launched a new strategy designed to build on the success of the last four Olympics Games and to solidify its identity as one of three foundation sports fundamental for participation in all other sports.
All the Olympic disciplines of the sport -- artistic, rhythmic and trampoline gymnastics -- are overseen by Gymnastics Canada.
Crépin, a longtime board member with Gymnastics Quebec, replaces Allister Paterson, who has relocated to Europe to take up his new duties as a vice president with Finnair.
Giesbrecht is chairman of the board of the Alberta Gymnastics Federation and past president of the Calgary Gymnastics Centre.
Smith has coached at three Olympic Games and seven world championships and groomed many of Canada’s top gymnasts as head coach at the University of Calgary Gymnastics Centre.
As the men’s national team director Smith will oversee the senior, junior and age group programs working closely with clubs and coaches across Canada and others in the gymnastics community.
“Our appointments to the Board and to the national men’s team ensure that Gymnastics Canada will continue to receive strong leadership as we move into a transition year toward our new objectives and program investment,” says Gymnastics Canada President and CEO Jean-Paul Caron of Ottawa.
(Source: Gymnastics Canada)