RELEASE — David Howes has been named the Interim Executive Director of the Canadian Fencing Federation (CFF) until at least the end of September, a time period that includes the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
“I am excited to be the face of [Canadian] fencing during an Olympic year,” Howes said. “I’ll feel very proud to watch our athletes as they represent Canada in Tokyo.”
Howes, the assistant coach of the Paladins varsity fencing team, brings over 10 years of experience at National Sport Organizations to the interim role. Between the Canadian Yachting Association and his previous roles at the CFF, including his time as the women’s epee National Team Coach during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Howes has a proven track record that combines sport administration and working directly with national team athletes.
Despite only being on the job for a few days, Howes understands the challenges ahead.
“We already have two teams qualified for Tokyo with one more team to potentially also qualify, plus at least two individuals,” he said. “This will be the largest group of athletes from our sport to represent Canada at the Olympics in many years, and we have to find the means to ensure that they are well prepared for the Games.”
A release from the CFF Board of Directors announced the Wolfe Island resident’s new role at the end of February.
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