CALGARY, AB – University of Calgary Olympic Oval Director Yves Hamelin announced today that Oval Associate Director Shawn Holman is leaving his position to pursue a great new opportunity in the oil and gas sector. His last day with the Oval will be September 26, 2014.
"I’m very proud of my accomplishments in the sport from grassroots to high performance, but it is now time to seek new challenges. Continuous improvement - that is what sport teaches us, and a philosophy I live by. While embracing this challenge the transition is made easier with Pembina Pipeline as they are a company based on performance and good people, which is what the Olympic Oval is all about. Although a job change, I look forward to my continued involvement as a volunteer in the sport.”
Holman has been a staple in the sport of speed skating in Canada and at the Oval. He began his career as a high performance skater then transitioned into a role as a short track coach for both the Oval program and national teams.
After a short hiatus to work with Speed Skating Canada on their Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model and work with the Calgary Speed Skating Association, Holman would return to the Oval as Director of Sport with Marcel Lacroix in Oval programs. Shortly after that, Holman was named Associate Director and continued to work with programs well leading both the Oval Competitions and Marketing, Events and Communications departments. Holman also co-chaired a very successful Short Track World Cup in October of 2012.
“On behalf of the Oval we'd like to thank Shawn for his commitment and hard work in leading his departments and ensuring speed skating remains on the leading edge of sport.” said Hamelin adding "While Shawn will be greatly missed at the Oval, we certainly would like to wish him all the best in his future endeavours."
The 2014 Fall Short Track ISU World Cups Selections (September 19-21, 2014) will mark Holman's final competition event at the Oval.