Kate Boyd has been named high-performance director for the nationwide governing physique of cross-country and para-Nordic snowboarding.

Boyd is the primary girl to carry the place with Nordiq Canada. She’s been an HPD and NextGen coach for the para-Nordic group for the final 5 years.

“I’ve been surrounded by sturdy feminine leaders all through my total profession, whereas working with the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Personal the Podium, and Canadian Olympic Committee, who’ve vastly influenced the particular person and chief I’m immediately,” Boyd stated Tuesday in a Nordiq Canada assertion.

“I by no means felt there wasn’t something I may do as a result of I used to be a girl and I’m honoured to be the primary feminine to tackle the accountability of Nordiq Canada’s high-performance director.”

The Ottawa native is predicated in Canmore, Alta., the place Nordiq Canada’s headquarters are situated. The group was referred to as Cross Nation Canada till a rebranding in 2019.

The nationwide cross-country group is in a rebuilding section following the retirement of Alex Harvey, however stays a global contender on the para aspect led by Paralympic champions Brian McKeever and Mark Arendz.

Regional races for upcoming season

The HPD place has been in flux since Tom Holland retired in 2018. Boyd replaces Nic Lemyre, who served part-time within the function whereas working as a College of Oslo professor.

“Kate is a highly-motivated skilled who is aware of what it takes for athletes and coaches to achieve their full potential, and in the end, win,” Nordiq Canada interim chief government officer Stephane Barrette stated within the assertion.

“She has a eager understanding of program administration, our improvement pathway from the grassroots to elite stage, and the game system in Canada, which can present a comparatively seamless transition to this new function.”

Nordiq Canada has created a collection of regional races for the 2020-21 season, which gives the nation’s prime athletes the possibility to compete whereas limiting journey in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With the worldwide pandemic very a lot nonetheless a problem for all of us on this planet, I’m additionally dedicated to making sure our athletes and employees have the assets they require to coach and have the chance to get on a begin line, and race, whereas staying wholesome,” Boyd stated.

“There is no such thing as a doubt we have now difficult days forward of us, however I am right here for the lengthy haul.”

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