“The importance of the athlete voice at the policy and decision-making level in any national sport organization is critical” said Ian Moss, CEO of Gymnastics Canada; “like Rosie before him, Cory brings considerable experience and perspective to the role that will be of immense value to all the Board members”.
“On behalf of the Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique Board of Directors, and our entire Canadian gymnastics community I would like to congratulate Cory Paterson on his election to the Board as the Athlete representative” said Jeff Thomson, Chair of the GymCan Board of Directors; “Cory has enjoyed a very successful career as an athlete competing internationally for Canada, and as an NCAA athlete in the USA – that experience, combined with his recent graduation from Queens University with an MBA will add tremendous value to the Board and to the growth of Gymnastics in Canada”.
Cory added: “I look forward to working with the Athletes, Board Members and Gymnastics Canada organization to continue to ensure the athlete voice is heard, and policy and decision-making help establish the best possible environment for athletes to succeed at all levels”.
The Gymnastics Canada Board would also like to thank Rosie MacLennan for her long-term contribution to the Board and vision for the sport in Canada. “Rosie’s ability to contribute significantly at the Board level while at the same time training to be an Olympic champion speaks volumes about her character,” said Thomson; “Rosie brought a strong and powerful voice to the Board, not only on athlete issues, but on all facets of the governance of gymnastics in Canada. Her recent election to the FIG Athletes’ Commission is clearly indicative of the high regard that the worldwide Trampoline Gymnastics community holds for Rosie, and I know that she will continue to be a strong voice at the FIG Level for the athletes”.
Gymnastics Canada wishes to acknowledge and thank Katherine Uchida (Rhythmic Gymnastics) for also putting her name forward for consideration in the Board Athlete representative role; Katherine will continue as the Rhythmic Gymnastics representative to GymCan’s Athletes Commission. With Cory’s elevation to the Board role, there will need to be a new election for the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics representative for the Athlete Commission.
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First established in 1969, Gymnastics Canada has been supporting the mastery of movement in Canada for five decades as the national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in Canada. We work closely with the twelve provincial federations and 700 local clubs to provide a broad range of programs and services to meet the needs of all participants. From athlete development to coach and judge education, Gymnastics Canada sets the operating standards and practices for the sport in Canada. Our mandate is to promote and provide positive and diverse gymnastics experiences through the delivery of quality and safe gymnastics programming. Visit www.gymcan.org for more information or follow us @gymcan1. From here, we soar.
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