Marshalling Canada’s Comeback

Phil Marshall is the new Head Coach of Rowing Canada

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Words Tom Ransley
Photography Benedict Tufnell
Published 10.12.21

Rowing Canada appoint Phil Marshall to be their new Head Coach as they look to prepare for Paris 2024 and beyond. Marshall will oversee the Canadian coaching team and provide technical direction across the Olympic and Paralympic programs.

“I am grateful to (Rowing Canada) for the opportunity to be a part of the leadership team working with athletes and coaches to deliver our collective performance goals,” Marshall said. “We are tasked with building a foundation for sustainable success.”

The appointment follows Marshall’s success at Tokyo 2020 where he coached Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens of the Canadian women’s pair to an Olympic bronze medal. Filmer said, “I’m ecstatic for Phil and the direction rowing Canada will head with him as the new program lead. His ability to teach me to solve anything at its simplest and to stay confident in a plan was fundamental in my success”.

The two-time Olympic coach has over twenty years of experience within high performance sport and has coached at all levels of rowing. In addition to his work with athletes, Marshall has developed Canada’s up-and-coming coaching talent and fostered relationships with provincial, national, and international sport partners. His efforts were recognised by the Coaching Association of Canada who awarded Marshall the 2021 Coaching Excellence Award.

Rowing Canada Aviron chief executive officer Terry Dillon said, “We conducted an extensive Head Coach recruitment process with highly qualified candidates from both inside and outside of Canada. Our recent successes in Tokyo were supported by Canadian coaches and this appointment reinforces our commitment to invest in our existing coaches and grow more of the same”.

Jill Moffat of Canada’s Tokyo 2020 women’s lightweight double said, “I am really looking forward to the next few years with Phil Marshall as the new head coach. Phil operates with a high level of respect for others, works collaboratively with athletes, coaches and staff, and empowers athletes to be the best version of themselves. He understands rowing in Canada and I think that this Canadian perspective will help build the program in a sustainable and meaningful way for years to come”.

Marshall joins Canada’s High Performance Leadership Team of: