Reinstate Edgar Garza as Head Coach at the Calgary Canoe Club

Reinstate Edgar Garza as Head Coach at the Calgary Canoe Club

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Parents & Athletes of the Sprint Community started this petition to Calgary Canoe Club Board of Directors

Edgar Garza has been Head Coach at the Calgary Canoe Club since 2011. Right from the start, he had a very clear vision of what he wanted to achieve and how to build up the sprint racing community in the club. During his tenure, the number of athletes in the High Performance and Development programs reached new heights and a number of athletes succeeded not only on the national but even on the international stage. This year alone was one of the most successful years the Calgary Canoe Club ever had at the National Championships.

But not only Edgar’s exceptional coaching qualities set him apart. He managed to develop a very deep relationship of trust with his athletes and is a huge motivator and mentor to them. A lot of the athletes will name Edgar as the person instrumental to their success, the person who motivated them and pushed them just this little bit further to work towards and reach their maximum potential. This kind of relationship takes time to develop and is not easily replaced.

On the 4th of November this year, Edgar was suddenly terminated by the club, without cause and to the great shock of all athletes and parents in the sprint community. No information has been forthcoming since regarding the reasons for the termination and why the club felt that they had to move in a different coaching direction. Furthermore, the process that was followed in reaching this decision seems rather questionable since only a select few members of the Board were involved and it was not a unanimous decision by the entire Board of Directors. Above all, the decision was definitely not in the best interest of the athletes. Not a single athlete or parent in the sprint community was consulted and all the athletes directly impacted by Edgar’s dismissal were shocked and devasted when informed of his termination.

We, the undersigned, request the reinstatement of Edgar Garza as Head Coach at the Calgary Canoe Club as his termination seems unwarranted and was clearly not in the interest of the athletes. Please help to give the members of the sprint community a voice by signing this petition.

 

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