Coaching Association of Canada

Team Canada Coaches Selected for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

July 20, 2021

OTTAWA, ON (July 20, 2021) – The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) is proud to support the 131 coaches who have been named to represent Team Canada at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games. 

Of the 131 coaches selected to represent Canada, 68 were granted the official designation of Chartered Professional Coach® (ChPC) by the CAC, while 46 hold the status of Registered Coach. ChPCs and Registered Coaches represent all sports, and they are recognized as individuals who value coaching excellence and its impact on enhancing the athlete experience. 

The list consists of coaches from nine provinces and 13 international countries that include Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand, Poland, among others. With 22 coaches on hand, athletics has the largest contingent by sport. It is followed by swimming, gymnastics, and canoe/kayak who each have 7 coaches spread across different disciplines of their respective sports. 


“The Coaching Association of Canada is extremely proud of our Canadian athletes and coaches who have remained focused and motivated during a difficult time,” said Lorraine Lafrenière, Chief Executive Officer of the CAC. “We look forward to supporting Team Canada from home and we thank them all for their dedication to our country.”

Set to run from July 23 to August 8, 2021, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be unlike any other in modern history. Following the postponement of the Olympic Games last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, athletes and coaches were forced to adjust to a new reality – and one that now includes no spectators at the majority of Olympic events.  

Regardless of the spectator situation, Team Canada is poised to make some noise in Tokyo. Canada will feature 371 athletes and legitimate medal hopes in multiple events.

For Ken Dool, ChPC, National Performance Coach at Sail Canada, Tokyo 2020 represents his eighth Olympic Games.

“Whether it is your first or your eight Olympic Games, you always need to be ready to adjust your athlete preparation to achieve maximum performance,” said Dool. “This past year has been all about that, with a lot of different plans in play.”

The veteran sailing coach admits that the past year has been challenging but overcoming these challenges is part of the process.

“We’re finally in Tokyo after this challenging year, supporting our athletes and their Olympic dream,” he added. “At the end of the day, overcoming challenges is part of our role and we’re chasing the satisfaction of when it all comes together.”

For more information on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, please visit the Tokyo 2020 Games Details page on the official Canadian Olympic Committee website.

This year more than ever, we invite you to virtually share your support for the Tokyo 2020 coaches throughout the Games via our social media platforms. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to help cheer them on.

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About the Coaching Association of Canada
The Coaching Association of Canada unites stakeholders and partners in its commitment to raising the skills and stature of coaches, and ultimately expanding their reach and influence. Through its programs, the CAC empowers coaches with knowledge and skills, promotes ethics, fosters positive attitudes, builds competence, and increases the credibility and recognition of coaches. 

About the Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) designation 
The ChPC® is the professional designation for sport coaches in Canada. The CAC grants the official designation of the ChPC and the status of Registered Coach to professionals in the field of coaching in Canada.
The designation signals to parents, sport organizations, and to other coaches a commitment to embody and uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct in coaching.

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Manager, Marketing and Communications
Coaching Association of Canada
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