Biathlon Canada Announces New National Team Coach, Long Term Athlete Development Director
Biathlon Canada is pleased to announce Pavel Lantsov as our new National Team Coach. Pavel will support our National Team Head Coach Matthias Ahrens in developing and leading our Senior National Team. Pavel is a well-rounded biathlon coach with particular expertise is shooting.
Originally from Chita, Russia, Pavel has 18 years overall coaching experience including the last 7 years with the Russian National Biathlon Team. Prior to that, he spent 9 years as a coach and instructor at a Biathlon Specific Sport School in Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia. His successes include training both women and men to Olympic, World Cup, World and European Championships medals. It is this knowledge of winning that he is excited to share with our athletes.
Pavel education includes a Master’s degree in Management and a Bachelors degree in Physical Training and Sport. As a leader in promoting clean sport, Biathlon Canada performed a review with WADA to confirm that Pavel has never been implicated or under investigation relating to athlete doping.
Pavel is married and hopes to bring his wife to beautiful Canmore in the new year. Pavel will start full time with the National Team in July.
Biathlon Canada is also pleased to announce that Roddy Ward has taken up the newly created position of Long Term Athlete Development Director. This exciting new position will focus on creating and implementing well defined development pathways for athletes to progress from club level competitions through to the U20 and U24 National Teams and ultimately the Senior National Team. Roddy brings a wealth of experience as a Biathlon Canada Senior National Team Coach and High Performance Director to this role, and with Roddy working together with Jacqueline Akerman, our Coach and Athlete Development Manager, we anticipate a steady flow of strong and competitive athletes to emerge from this program.
With these new additions to our team and the expanded focus on developing our athlete pool, Biathlon Canada is excited and optimistic about the future of our sport.