Mr. Dwight Corbin temporarily assumes COPAC’s presidency

He is the First Vice President of COPAC, the Canadian will preside over the entity due to the passing, on January 17th , of President Mr. João Tomasini Schwertner

The Pan American Canoe Confederation (COPAC) issued the COPAC Pres 002/2021 memo informing the National Federations affiliated to the COPAC regarding the succession process of the presidency that occurred, unfortunately, after the passing of its President, Mr. João Tomasini Schwertner, on 17th of January due to COVID-19 complications.

According to the COPAC’s Statute, the First Vice President Mr. Dwight E. Corbin will assume the presidential functions, until the next COPAC Congress, where the new President will be formally elected. “The 1st Vice President takes on the position of President until the next Congress. The date of the Congress will be determined at the next COPAC Board meeting says Mr. Chrístian Moya León, COPAC General Secretary.

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Dwight is the former President of Canoe Kayak Canada and has been COPAC 1st VP since 2007. Dwigh  was a member of the Board of the International Canoe Federation between 2011 and 2015. He also served as the Technical Delegate for Canoe Sprint ​​at the 2011, 2015 and 2019 Pan American Games. The Acting President takes over with the challenge of maintaining its growth.

“COPAC will need to continue the current successful projects in the area of ​​development and provide new and innovative projects that will promote canoeing in all disciplines in the Americas. COPAC and its member Federations have many qualified coaches, officers and administrators who can certainly facilitate this work. I know it can be difficult, but I look forward to the opportunity, as we will all work on the problems that the pandemic may bring,” says Dwight.

Mr. Corbin believes that taking over COPAC will be on of the biggest challenges of his career, mainly because of the pandemic period of COVID-19 that the world is going through.

“It is difficult for athletes to train and compete in canoe and for Federations to provide these opportunities while we are fighting the pandemic. I believe that it will be my job, with the support of the COPAC Board, to provide leadership in these circumstances to assist the Federations in these difficult times”.

Dwight also recalls that continuing the work developed by Mr. João Tomasini Schwertner will be the best way to honor him, he highlights all the actions conquered by the Brazilian that resulted in major achievements for COPAC.

“Projects like the new COPAC website; the COPAC Magazine and most notably the Pan American Canoe Institute [IPCa] are part of João’s legacy and it is important that these important aspects of COPAC remain functional in the coming years”.

The Pan American Canoe Confederation (COPAC) has already informed its affiliated National Federations and partner entities about this change in the presidency.