Scott Oldershaw jumps into familiar waters


Scott Oldershaw has been appointed head coach for CanoeKayak Canada’s national sprint team.

Oldershaw assumes his new role for the next year to help establish a high-performance system that will lead to future medal performances at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Oldershaw will work with a contingent of coaches to refine the sprint system.

“I’m looking forward to my new role with the team,” Oldershaw said. “I truly believe we can work together to become one of the strongest canoeing nations in the world, in all disciplines.”

Oldershaw has been the coaching talent behind several outstanding success stories, including four-time Olympic medalist Adam van Koeverden and his son, Mark Oldershaw, who won bronze in London this summer. He has been a personal coach to these two athletes since their early days at the Oakville-based Burloak Canoe Club and he will continue to work with them in addition to his new duties.

“Scott’s accomplishments as a coach are simply amazing and we are so fortunate to have him step into this leadership role,” said Lorraine Lafrenière, director general of CanoeKayak Canada. “We’re excited about what Scott will bring to this position as we work together to build a strong high-performance system focused on achieving more outstanding results for Canada.”

Oldershaw’s coaching career spans more than two decades during which time he has coached at four Olympic Games and led the Burloak Canoe Club to four National burgee titles as head coach. He has worked with several disciplines of the National Team, coached development and provincial teams, and has also worked extensively with World Champion Mallorie Nicholson in C1.

Oldershaw competed for Canada in the 1984 Olympic Games and is one of five Olympians in the Oldershaw family.