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Beaconsfield water polo coach takes over new challenge with Swimming Canada

  • Canada's Christine Robinson hugs Ahmed El-Awadi, then, assistant coach, after Canada's bronze medal win over Russia at 2005 FINA championships in Montreal.
    Canada's Christine Robinson hugs Ahmed El-Awadi, then, assistant coach, after Canada's bronze medal win over Russia at 2005 FINA championships in Montreal.
    Photo credit: (John Mahoney/THE GAZETTE)

Ahmed El-Awadi of Beaconsfield has been named the new CEO of Swimming Canada.

A former Olympic water polo coach and executive director of Water Polo Canada since 2008, El-Awadi is expected to take over at the helm of Canada’s national swimming body, Aug. 19.

El-Awadi is one of Canada’s best known leaders in aquatic sports.

He was assistant coach and manager of the women’s national water polo team through the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2005 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Montreal.

He will remain with Water Polo Canada through the end of the FINA World Championships, which run from July 19 to Aug. 4 in Barcelona.

“My sports journey began with swimming many years ago and I am thrilled to reconnect with these roots,” El-Awadi said in a statement, released July 10.

“Even though it feels strange to leave behind my water polo family of 15 years, I could not be more excited.”

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