Archery Canada contracts Duncan Crawford as Head Coach, Paralympic Team
July 24, 2018
OTTAWA (Archery Canada) – Archery Canada is pleased to announce that Duncan Crawford has accepted a contract to lead Canada’s Paralympic Archery program through the 2019 World Championships in Den Bosch, Netherlands. The appointment represents a central element to Canada’s ambition of reaching the podium at the Paralympic Games, and ensures that the program will have consistent technical leadership, which is a critical component for achieving world-class performances.
With a part-time, 1-year contract effective immediately, Crawford will have an opportunity to lead Canada at next month’s Pan American Championships in Medellin, Colombia. Three athletes, Karen Van Nest, Kevin Evans, and Kyle Tremblay have been selected to compete for Canada in the Paralympic competition.
“As a key member of the Compound coaching staff during the World Youth Championship in 2017, and as the project Head Coach for the recent Paralympic World Ranking Event in the Czech Republic, Duncan has gained some necessary experience and demonstrated his ability to elevate the performance potential within our program,” suggests Alan Brahmst, High Performance Advisor. “As we are implementing a new strategy with a short-term focus toward Tokyo 2020, combined with a long-term focus on building a deeper pool of athletes, this leadership position becomes vital for our program. Duncan brings with him the right combination of skills and is a great choice to get our strategy moving”.
Crawford will report into Alan Brahmst, and be supported in his role by Ryan Van Berkel, Paralympic Coordinator, while working closely with the personal coaches of the athletes in the program.
“This is an incredible opportunity for me and I look forward to advancing the goals of the High Performance Paralympic Program within Archery Canada. Working with Karen and Kevin most recently has been very rewarding and it’s an exciting time within the Program. Our mutual desire to compete and win at the highest level will drive the success of this program. We have some very clear goals and it’s exciting to be a part of that” says Crawford.
Crawford most recently completed his Advanced Coaching Diploma with the Canadian Sport Institute. He is also Archery Competition Development Certified, a Certified Learning Facilitator and a Chartered Professional Coach. He is a long time athlete competing in the 90’s as a Recurve archer, and continues to compete in the Compound discipline. Crawford has a love for the sport, helping athletes achieve their high performance goals, and helping to develop the sport as a whole. He is the founder and President of the PEI Archery Association, and lives in Covehead, PEI with his wife (Karla) and family (Keegan and Avery). Crawford owns and operates several small businesses including Maritime Mosquito Control, Cass’ Creek Archery Range (and Pro Shop), and Taxidermy PEI. An avid outdoorsman, his true passions are his Family, Conservation and Archery.