David Howes, the Assistant Coach of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC)’s varsity fencing team, has been named the Interim Executive Director of the Canadian Fencing Federation (CFF).
RMC announced the appointment on Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020, and noted that Howes’ role in the position will last until at least the end of September, which means the term will include the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
“I am excited to be the face of [Canadian] fencing during an Olympic year,” Howes said in a statement. “I’ll feel very proud to watch our athletes as they represent Canada in Tokyo.”
Howes brings over 10 years of experience at national sports organizations to the interim role, including time with the Canadian Yachting Association and his previous role with the CFF, which includes serving as the women’s epee National Team Coach during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“Howes has a proven track record that combines sport administration and working directly with national team athletes,” RMC said in a press release.
Those sentiments were reflected in the CFF Board of Director’s announcement that Howes would fill the positions.
“David brings a wealth of administrative, planning and technical experience to his new portfolio, having previously served in a number of roles within the national fencing and sailing sport systems, and the Canadian Armed Forces,” the release reads. “David’s focus during this transitional period will be on establishing robust, sustainable and transparent operational and financial management practices, and organizational capacity building in the areas of domestic coaching development and safe sport practices, among others.”
CFF noted that there is a possibility of an extension of Howes’ services beyond September 2020.
Howes, a Wolfe Island resident, is already looking forward to the excitement and challenges that will come with the role.
“We already have two teams qualified for Tokyo with one more team to potentially also qualify, plus at least two individuals,” he said. “This will be the largest group of athletes from our sport to represent Canada at the Olympics in many years, and we have to find the means to ensure that they are well prepared for the Games.”