Lake Banook
Andreas Dittmer Returns to Lead National Canoe Sprint Program
18 October, 2021

National men’s canoe program to be based out of Dartmouth

Monday, October 18, 2021 – (Ottawa, ON)

Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is thrilled to announce the return of world-class coach Andreas Dittmer to lead Canada’s canoe sprint program towards Paris 2024 and beyond.

Dittmer coached the Canadian men’s sprint canoe team for over two years before returning to his home country to coach the German men’s canoe team in fall 2020.

During his career as an athlete, Dittmer dominated sprint canoeing by winning five medals at the Olympic Games, including gold in C-2 1000m, C-1 1000m, and C-1 500m, and accomplishment unmatched in the history of the sport.  He is also an 8-time World Champion and won a total of 22 medals at the World Championship between 1991 and 2004.

In his previous role as Men’s Canoe coach in Canada Dittmer led the team to a successful qualification for the Olympic Games in C-2 1000m, including the setting of a Canadian record in the C-2 1000m at the World Championships in 2019.  During his stint with the German team for the 2021 season, Dittmer coached athletes to a Bronze Medal in Tokyo in Men’s C-2 1000m and to Senior World Championships Titles in C-1 1000m.

Dittmer will be based at the national training centre in Dartmouth, leading the men’s canoe team into the 2022 World Canoe Championships taking place on Lake Banook in August.

“We are very excited to have Andreas rejoin our program in this new role leading the Canoe program. He is a leader who’s experience and impactful coaching helps our entire team elevate their training, while bringing a love and passion for sport that is equally inspiring,” said Ian Mortimer, Canoe Kayak Canada Chief Technical Officer.

Dittmer is looking forward to returning to Canada saying, “I’m very grateful to be able to continue this great job for the canoe kayak family in Canada and I’m really looking forward to working with motivated athletes who will join us on the pathway to Paris Olympic Games in 2024.  I’m also excited to be to working with very professional coaches and staff and I’m especially looking forward to coming back home.”

While Dittmer will contribute to program training for athletes in the fall, he will officially join the team January 1, 2022, and work closely with CKC Head Coach Anders Gustafsson and the entire canoe kayak sprint coaching team in the lead up to Paris 2024.