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1 April 2005, 10:40 am
CYA Hires Three New Key Staff Members
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Canadian Yachting Association
Kingston, Canada

Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) has made three new appointees to key positions in the association. 1989 World Champion in the Laser II, John CURTIS is joined by fellow Canadians, Tommy WHARTON and David HOWES in new roles at the CYA.
John CURTIS, a member of the Canadian Sailing Team for the past 16 years, has been appointed High Performance Manager & General Counsel of the Canadian Yachting Association. The new High Performance Class Coach is another past member of the Canadian Sailing Team and Athens 2004 Olympic Games coach, Tommy WHARTON. David HOWES Ch. P.C., former instructor in the Canadian Forces, is the new appointment in the position of Training Technical Coordinator.

A member of the Canadian Olympic Team in Athens, CURTIS, the new High Performance Manager & General Counsel of the Canadian Yachting Association, sailed the Tornado with Oskar JOHANSSON.

CURTIS is a graduate of Queen's University with an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and a degree in Law. In his new position he will be responsible for all Canadian Sailing Team activities and will become a key liaison with the funding and regulatory organizations Sport Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee. In his role as General Counsel, CURTIS will employ his legal training to provide advise across all aspects of CYA activities.

A native of Barrie, Ontario, CURTIS started sailing at the Barrie Yacht Club. His competitive racing began in the Albacore traveling to Toronto each weekend to sail amongst the ranks of former Olympian Frank McLAUGHLIN and another former Olympian and former ISAF President, Paul HENDERSON. Since then he has sailed competitively in three Olympic classes including 470, Mistral and Tornado.

CURTIS has lived in Kingston since 1986 and founded the highly successful Queen's Sailing Team with Ian ESKRITT in 1993. An active member of the Kingston sailing community, CURTIS is on the Able Sail Kingston Committee responsible for the delivery of the disabled sailing programmeme at Kingston Yacht Club. He has also been the athlete representative on the Olympic Development Committee since 2001 and brings to his new position a thorough understanding of the Canadian Sailing Team.

New High Performance Class Coach, WHARTON has been Head Coach at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club for the past seven years. He is a past member of the Canadian Sailing Team and served on the coaching staff in Athens for the 2004 Olympic Games in the Laser Class. In his new position he will be coordinating domestic and international programmes for members of the Canadian Sailing Team with a focus on Laser and Laser Radial classes.

WHARTON is an honours graduate of Queen's University and holds a teaching degree from Canisius College. He has been prominent as a coach on the Canadian sailing scene for more than a decade and was named CYA Coach of the Year in 2000. He started his sailing career at the Port Credit Yacht Club and ventured into coaching while still racing at the elite level. While at Queen's University he was instrumental in helping to revive the Queen's sailing team and competed throughout his university career on an amateur team that rivalled the best professional programmes in the United States. In addition to the 2004 Olympic Games, WHARTON has attended numerous World Championships as a sailor and a coach, a Pre-Olympics, and coached at the ISAF Youth Worlds.

'The opportunity to work with the Canadian Sailing Team is an honour and I have to thank the members and staff of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club who first gave me the opportunity to pursue coaching as a full-time career,' stated WHARTON. 'All over the country I have had the opportunity to see race courses filled with focussed individuals, all determined to succeed. Our athletes are training hard across Canada and throughout the world to achieve their goals of becoming world-class sailors, Olympians and medallists. To be part of the high performance coaching staff at the CYA is a great honour.'

HOWES Ch. P.C., the other recent appointment in the position of Training Technical Coordinator, was a Training Development Officer and former instructor in the Canadian Forces and a coach and volunteer in sports and brings a unique combination of training, education and experience to the CYA. HOWES is a graduate of the National Coaching Institute's High Performance Coaching Diploma Programme and a NCCP-certified Level 4 Fencing Coach. HOWES's previous volunteer activities include Officials Coordinator - Pan-Am Games Society , Past-President and VP Athlete Programmes for the Manitoba Fencing Association and Chairman of the Athlete Services Committee in Nova Scotia.

HOWES is a graduate of Carlton University, an active member of the Canadian Professional Coaches Association and possesses functional ability in French. His breadth of experience in sports and high performance coaching brings a wealth of new experience to the Canadian Yachting Association.

The Canadian Yachting Association is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1931. As a division of the CYA, the Canadian Sailing Team develops and manages high performance sailing programmes for national team athletes and coaches with a mandate to ensure winning performance at the Olympics and major international competitions. Primary funding for the Canadian Sailing Team is provided by Sport Canada.

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