Coaches

Anders Gustafsson

Role: National Team Head Coach
Hometown: Jönköpin, Sweden
Residence: Montréal, Québec
First year coaching the Canadian National Team: 2017

Anders Gustafsson competed in four Olympic Games between 2000 and 2012, eleven World Championships and a dozen World Cups and European Championships and won the World Champion title in 2010 in the K1 500 meters event.

Anders knows a lot about Canoe Kayak Canada and have a lot of experience with the Canadian athletes, the Swedish kayak star has all the experience necessary to excel at the role of Head Coach for the Canadian national team.

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Andreas Dittmer

Role: Men’s Canoe National Coach
Hometown: Neustrelitz, Germany
Residence: –
First year coaching the Canadian National Team: 2018

Andreas Dittmer marked the history of sprint canoeing and inspired thousands of young athletes around the world. The German Olympian is now in charge of the Canadian men’s sprint canoe team.

During his career, Dittmer dominated sprint canoeing by winning five medals at the Olympic Games, including 3 golds in C-2 and C-1 1000 meters. He is also 8 times World Champion and has won a total of 22 medals at the World Championship between 1991 and 2004.

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Marc Creamer

Role: Paracanoe National Coach and Manager
Residence: Montréal, QC
First year coaching the Canadian National Team: 2016

Marc Creamer supported Canada’s first ever Paralympic Team at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games where the sport made its debut. He plays a key role in growing the National Paracanoe program and preparing the team for success at the 2020 Paralympic Games and beyond.

Marc was Head Coach at the Pointe-Claire Canoe Club. He was Christine Gauthier’s coach leading into the Rio Olympic Games.  Gauthier has won five World Championships gold medals, two silvers and a bronze. Last year, she placed fourth at the Paralympic Games and won multiple medals at the Invictus Games. Creamer was Canada’s Team Leader in Rio. He is a former leader of Canoe Kayak Canada’s Coaches Technical Committee and has demonstrated his commitment to advancing coaching as a profession. He also sat on CKC’s Sprint Racing Council and High Performance Committee as Coaches’ Representative.

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Mark Granger

Role: Entraîneur national de développement de ProchaineGén
Hometown: Châteauguay, QC
Residence: Montreal, QC
First year coaching the Canadian National Team: 1989

Mark Granger has been a National Team Coach for over 20 years. He acted as Team Leader for CKC’s team at the London 2012 Olympic Games before stepping into his coaching role in Paracanoe. He has coached the Men’s Kayak team out of the training centre in Montréal and continues to manage the Montréal training centre in addition to his Paracanoe role.

Mark will play a key role in raising the level of the Paracanoe program nationally as he prepares Canada’s team for a successful debut at the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Mark’s national coaching experience dates back to his role as the head coach of the 1989 Junior World Championships. He was Quebec’s provincial team from 1985 to 1998 and he also taught physical education in Kahnawake, QC from 1992 to 1998. He has coached at numerous World Championships and is a five-time Olympic team coach.

Mark grew up in Châteauguay, QC and has played a key role in the revitalizing the Onake Canoe Club and increasing interest in the sport among Aboriginal youth.

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Frédéric Jobin

Role: Senior Coach, Men’s Kayak 200m
Hometown: Québec, Québec
Residence: Québec, Québec
First year coaching the Canadian National Team: 2008

Fred Jobin has coached some of the top names in Canadian paddling, including Mark de Jonge,2012 Olympic bronze medallist and 2013 World silver medalist in K1 200. He coached Caroline Brunet between 2001 and 2004 during which time she won an Olympic bronze medal and five World Championship medals. He coached Maxime Boilard at the 2000 Olympic Games to a fourth place finish and has also coached Olympians Mylanie Barre, Richard Dober Jr., Steven Jorens, Ryan Cochrane and Hugues Fournel.

Frédéric graduated from Laval University with a Bachelor of Sciences in Physical Activity. He further went on to complete a degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Montreal.

He first started paddling at Lac Sergent in his youth and then made the decision to move into coaching. Frédéric was the head coach of Lac Beauport Canoe Club From 1989 to 2008 and has also coached the Under 23 National Men’s Kayak Team.

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Jan Kruk

Role: Women’s Canoe National Team Coach
Hometown: Poland
Residence: Dartmouth, NS
First year coaching the Canadian National Team: 2014

Jan Kruk was a decorated national canoe team athlete for Poland. He has coached for many years in the club system in Canada, with much of his time being spent at Banook Canoe Club. He was also a personal coach of Tom Hall when he won the 1999 Junior World Championships. He also worked with Olympian Jason McCoombs. He is currently coaching Katie Vincent He also worked with Olympian Jason McCoombs and is currently coaching Katie Vincent — Junior & U23 World Champion who set a World Record in the Women’s C1 200 this past summer. Jan Kruk was hired by Canoe Kayak Canada in 2014 to coach the NextGen Training Group for Atlantic Canada where he focused on supporting potential performers at the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games. In 2017 he was selected to coach the Women’s Canoe National program as the discipline is slated to make its debut at the 2020 Olympic Games,

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Michal Staniszewski

Role: National Slalom Head Coach
Hometown: Drzewica, Poland
Residence: Gatineau, QC
First year coaching the Canadian National Team: 2001

Michal was born in Drzewica, Poland and was a member of the Polish slalom team for fifteen years. He was Junior World Champion in 1990, World Champion in 1995 and capped off his career by winning a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in C2.

CanoeKayak Canada and the Ottawa River Runners brought Michal to Canada in 2001 and Michal made a quick transition into coaching after Sydney. He managed the National Development Program while also working as head coach for the Ottawa River Runners. He became the National Slalom Head Coach after the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Michal holds a diploma in Coaching / Instruction from the University School of Physical Education in Cracow, Poland and received his level 4 coach certification through the National Coaching Institute in Toronto.

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Chad Brooks

Role: Women’s Kayak National Team Coach
Hometown: Lake Echo, NS
Residence: Halifax, NS
First year coaching the Canadian National Team: 2013

Chad is a NCCP competition-certified coach. He was the head coach at Maskwa Aquatic Club from 2006 to 2013 and has been involved with several committees of CanoeKayak Canada and the ADCKC. Chad started out paddling with his family at Orenda Canoe Club where he captured several national titles and still holds a national best time in the Midget K1 6000 from 1996.

His role is to support the work of National Team coaches by coaching Senior Development Men’s Kayak athletes and to develop and implement effective talent development programs. Within the National Training Centre – Atlantic, Chad works alongside National Team, provincial and club coaches to coordinate coach and athlete development by providing services and support to local clubs in partnership with the Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada and the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic.

Chad holds a business degree from the St. Mary’s University and spent time teaching English in China where he also learned some Mandarin.

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