Bob Glover Takes Over Reins as President of Canadian Luge Association
Bob Glover has taken over the reins as the president of the Canadian Luge Association, and will help guide the organization to its first Olympic medal leading to 2018.
Glover, who has been highly involved in a variety of sports at the administrative and coaching level, was recently elected during the CLA’s Annual General Meeting.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with a Board of experienced and professional individuals that are focused on continuing to grow the CLA financially, while delivering Canadian luge athletes the resources they require to make history and stand on the Olympic podium,” said Glover.
Led by Glover, the CLA’s new-look Board is diverse and experienced in its professional skill set. A handful of experienced personalities from the sport and business world were elected as Directors at Large. Breanne Everett, who is a doctor of plastic surgery, also brings experience as a CEO of a medical technology company to the Board, while Justine Jones – a respected and accomplished sales professional working in Calgary’s medical field, and currently in the oil and gas industry, will bring a focus on fundraising. Sport leaders, Lucinda Jagger, Ian Cockerline and Jim Watts round out the Directors at Large.
Jagger worked with the Canadian Luge Association’s high-performance program in the lead up to the 2014 Games while serving the role as high-performance advisor with Own the Podium before returning to Whistler this summer to take on vice-president of sport responsibilities with Whistler Sport Legacies. Two-time retired Olympian, Ian Cockerline, was elected by his athletic peers as athlete representative, while Watts expands the Board’s reach on Canada’s west coast where he is the president of the British Columbia Luge Association.
Zan Aycock returns to the Board in a new role as secretary. An engineer by trade, Aycock was director of officials for the CLA over the last two years. Johanna Gouw, who was chair of the World Cup organizing committees last year, is also back for one more year. Kevin Donegan, who has served a variety of financial positions in Calgary’s oil and gas industry, will remain in his second year as treasurer.
“This is a highly-accomplished group of individuals that bring a wealth of experience from both business and sport, which is important for the continued growth of the CLA,” said Glover. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with this passionate group of professionals that are keen to build on our history and take the sport of luge to new heights over the next four years.”
Glover succeeds Ed Moffat as president, who leaves the Board after 12 years. Moffat was elected to the International Luge Federation’s executive as a member at large this summer.
Moffat’s infectious enthusiasm and dedication to the sport has been instrumental in guiding a highly-talented support staff and coaches in rebuilding the Canadian Luge Association from a sport in financial crisis and participants on the start line to a sustainable organization that has delivered record results on the track.
During Moffat’s reign, the CLA’s committed staff delivered the organization’s first ever title partner, restructured its high-performance support team that included naming Walter Corey the sport’s first-ever high-performance director and attracting world-leading coaching – Wolfgang Staudinger and Bernhard Glass – from Germany who have built the sport’s pool of athletes while delivering record results and medals in all race categories including an unprecedented three, fourths, and one fifth-place finish at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
“You don’t reach the international podium without strong leadership, preparation and having access to the tools and resources needed to win. Ed and his team delivered for Canada’s athletes,” said Glover. “But the work is not done. We need to continue to be innovative, push the bar, and fully commit ourselves to building on our past learning’s as we continue our quest to win Canada’s first Olympic medal in the sport in 2018 and beyond.”
The Canadian Luge Association is a not-for-profit organization responsible for governing the sport of luge across the country. With the financial backing of from the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee and Own the Podium, the Canadian Luge Association safely recruits and develops the nation’s current and future high-performance luge athletes with the goal of regularly climbing onto the international podium. For more information on the Canadian Luge Association, please visit us at www.luge.ca on the Internet.
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