Former two-time Olympian to be installed as cycling technical director
After a three-and-a-half-year stint building the foundations of the Canadian track sprint programme, Erin Hartwell will be returning to Trinidad and Tobago Cycling.
It has been reported that Hartwell will take on the role of Technical Director of Cycling for the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT).
The Sports Kiosk was unable to confirm with SPORTT, however the expected date of appointment will be September 18.
Hartwell established himself in the Canadian track cycling set up, as among his talents he was most renowned for the ability to scout upcoming riders. He was tasked with identifying talent through Cycling Canada’s talent identification initiatives, such as Pedal to the Medal, which has helped the Canadian team to medal at World Cups, Pan American Championships as well the Pan American Games.
“Our loss is Trinidad and Tobago’s gain,” said Jacques Landry, head coach at Cycling Canada. “It was somewhat of a shock to learn from Erin that he was contemplating moving back to TTO, and eventually making that move a reality.
“Over the years of working with Erin, I discovered a man who is passionate about the success of his athletes, someone who wears his heart on his sleeve and who will tread through hell and high water for the people around him.”
With T&T gaining a reputation in the recent years for its sprint riders, new talents may emerge to join the ranks of Njisane Phillip, Kwesi Browne, Quincy Alexander, Kollyn St George, Keiana Lester, Teneil Campbell, Keron Bramble and Nicholas Paul.
“My intent in Trinidad and Tobago is to further the development of cycling in our hemisphere,” Hartwell explained. “I move forward considering Canada an ally in united efforts to grow the sport in our region of the world.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to take a leadership position in cycling in the nation that I call my spiritual home. My wife and daughter are Trinbagonian and I’m looking forward to returning to Trinidad and Tobago to further the growth and prominence of cycling in the Caribbean.”