Canoeing - Gardner appointed to lead GB Canoeing’s Sprint Programme

Dr Scott Gardner is swapping wheels for oars after being appointed the new canoe sprint head coach for GB Canoeing.

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Great Britain's Ed McKeever (PA Sport)

Gardner , most recently a performance science and coaching consultant, has worked for with both the Australian and English Institutes of Sport and arrives in canoeing with vast experience having worked at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

His latest achievement arrived in London last summer when he coached his fiancée Victoria Pendleton to Olympic gold and silver medals.

In addition to his work in cycling he has extensive experience of applying his knowledge of the scientific and coaching process to other sports at the highest Olympic level. This includes his role as performance scientist for British Swimming in 2009, which culminated at the World Swimming Championships, with Keri-Anne Payne winning gold in the 10km Open Water.

During the last Olympic cycle, in addition to his role as an elite Olympic Cycling Coach with British Cycling, he also worked with GB Canoeing as a coach mentor and undertook elite sport performance research for UK Sport, and Gardner admits he can’t wait to get more involved.

"GB Canoeing is in a wonderful position to capitalise on some fantastic performances from the London 2012 Olympic Games," said Gardner, who will take up the position with effect from June 1.

"I would like to thank John Anderson and his dedicated team for the opportunity to become part of a sport that is on the rise heading towards Rio 2016.

"I am passionate about seeing athletes maximise their performance potential. Through the integration of leading edge scientific knowledge and practices into the coaching process, I aim to help GB Canoeing’s athletes to find the extra small margins required to achieve success and in so doing maximise their performance potential. I am really looking forward to the challenge."

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