Tuesday, November 7th , 2017 - RCA is pleased to announce, Matt Draper and Kayla Cornale have joined the High Performance staff team.
In the role of High Performance Manager, Matt Draper is responsible for the general administration of the RCA High Performance and National Team program and the logistical coordination of the Sport Science and Sport Medicine team.
Matt brings a wealth of experience in High Performance sport, working with Rowing Australia as the High Performance Manager and Director of Development & Events. Most recently, Matt worked as the Continental Events Coordinator at FISA and held the position of Rowing Technical Advisor for the International University Sports Federation.
“I am really honoured to have the chance to become part of such a famous rowing nation,” said Draper. “It’s a great time to come on board as we realign our vision and strategies. We have great athletes, a highly skilled support team and great partners. Our job within the high performance program is pretty clear leading into Tokyo and beyond.”
Matt has provided technical consultation for several Major Games organizing committees and international rowing events over the last two decades. Matt has an MBA with Sports Management specialization from the Australian Institute of Management.
Kayla Cornale is taking on the new role of Next Gen Para-Rowing Lead, directing the planning, implementation and operation of the Next Gen Para-Rowing Program and its integration with RCA’s High Performance program. Kayla will establish the Para-Rowing Development Pathway and the implementation of an innovative program.
Most recently, Kayla led the integration of Para-Athletics into mainstream programming at Athletics Ontario and also led a Paralympic Development program aimed at recruiting and retaining new talent at Athletics Canada.
Kayla held the role of Team Leader for Athletics Canada at the 2015 Para Pan American Games and the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016. “I am excited to join Rowing Canada Aviron and look forward to working with current and future athletes to grow the Paralympic Program,” said Cornale. Cornale was a member of the Stanford University Varsity Rowing team and graduated with a Masters degree in Linguistics.
“It is incredibly exciting and motivating to have individuals of the quality of both Matt and Kayla joining RCA’s HP program,” said High Performance Director Iain Brambell. “I look forward to working closely with them in conjunction with our dedicated and experienced high performance staff to achieve increased success throughout the Tokyo 2020 quadrennial.”
Kayla and Matt will work under the direction of RCA’s High Performance Director, Iain Brambell.