ROWING NEWS: Rowing Canada CEO Terry Dillon Steps Down Ahead of Paris 2024 Olympics

ROWING NEWS: Rowing Canada CEO Terry Dillon Steps Down Ahead of Paris 2024 Olympics

In a significant development for the Canadian rowing community, Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) announced the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer, Terry Dillon. Dillon, who has been at the helm of the organization for the past seven years, will officially step down on June 30, 2024, just ahead of the highly anticipated 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris.

Expressing both gratitude and a sense of the right timing for his departure, Dillon remarked, "This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, but I know it is the right one at the right time for me." He highlighted the achievements made during his tenure, emphasizing the collaborative efforts within RCA that have propelled Canadian rowing forward.

Under Dillon's leadership, Rowing Canada Aviron has undertaken significant initiatives to enhance the sport's accessibility and inclusivity. Through programs like the Community Sport for All, over 4000 Canadians from underrepresented groups were introduced to rowing, fostering a more diverse and vibrant rowing community across the country. Additionally, efforts to elevate the athlete's voice, address power imbalances, and cultivate a more supportive culture within National Team programs have been pivotal achievements during Dillon's tenure.

Reflecting on Dillon's departure, Carol Purcer, President of RCA, lauded his contributions, stating, "Terry came into his role as CEO with a determination to grow rowing at all levels in Canada, and he has definitely moved us forward as a sport and an organization." Dillon's tenure has been marked by a commitment to progress and a steadfast belief in the potential for positive change within the Canadian rowing landscape.

As Terry Dillon prepares to pass the baton, Jennifer Fitzpatrick, RCA's Director of Partnerships and Sport Development, has been appointed as Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2024. The RCA Board of Directors will commence the search for Dillon's successor, aiming to continue the organization's trajectory of growth and success.

In bidding farewell to Terry Dillon, the RCA Board extends sincere gratitude for his dedication and leadership, wishing him the very best in his future endeavors. As the Canadian rowing community looks ahead to the Paris 2024 Olympics and beyond, Dillon's legacy of progress and collaboration will undoubtedly continue to resonate within the sport.


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