MacKay returns to Canada Basketball in quest for gold

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Truro's Mike MacKay has been performance manager of Canada Basketball's women's high performance program. It's the second time MacKay, who has been coaching junior varsity girls hoops, football and track and field at CEC for the past for the past two years, has held a post at the sport's national body.

TRURO - Mike MacKay is being tasked with bringing gold to Canada's national women's basketball program.

The 53-year-old Truro resident was recently named performance manager of the women's high performance program.

"I'm pretty excited," MacKay, who is taking a leave of absence from his job as a teacher at CEC, said. "It's a great opportunity to try to help our country win a gold medal and that's basically what my job is."

The 18-month posting is MacKay's second with Canada Basketball, having served as manager of coaching education and development in the past.

Since returning, MacKay has been coaching junior varsity girls basketball at CEC, along with football and track and field.

His current position was made possible through funding from the Own The Podium program, designed to help Canada's athletes improve their results on the world stage.

MacKay's job will start by identifying what it will take for Canada to win gold by assessing the power of the world's other countries. Then, along with the team's coaching staff, he'll develop a training program to be implemented through the developmental levels up in an effort to make sure Canada's players are being trained in the same manner, called the Targeted Athlete Strategy program.

"It's quite an honour to be selected to do this by your country," MacKay said.

MacKay has already started some of that work after scouting teams at last year's Olympic Games in London, England.

MacKay said the job will be a challenge, but that's just what he was looking for.

"It's going to be short, but very high intensity and you've got to produce and get the job done," he said. "I like that's it's a real challenge."

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Organizations: Own The Podium, Olympic Games

Geographic location: Canada, London, England

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