Rowing Canada announced the departure of the performance directors of the male and female programs, after the disappointing results at the Rio Olympics.
John Keogh, who oversaw the women’s program in London, Ontario, decided to return to his country to work with the Australian Rowing Federation. Martin McElroy, who led the men’s program for three and a half years, has also resigned.
«I really liked the time I spent in Canada. It has been a privilege to work with athletes, coaches and support staff, ”Keogh said in a statement from the federation.
Canadian rowers have won only one medal in Rio, the silver one of Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee in double light weight.
The Canadian athlete development program has provided more than $ 17 million to Remo Canada for the Rio games, the highest total in summer sports federations, especially because of two rowing medals with eight Games athletes London. This amount should now be revised downwards.
Rowing Canada bathed in the controversy after London, by dividing the men’s eight, which won silver in men, in two boats with four rowers.
The intention was to double the chances of medals, but the plan failed. The pair of four finished 6th and 8th over six ships and were excluded from the final.
After a turbulent transition after the London Games, we have made progress. And there is still a lot to do, McElroy said. Sometimes you need a new person and a new approach to renew energy in battle. I accept it because I contributed my contribution.