Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, working to rebuild trust after criticisms over abuse issues, has appointed former Paralympian Patrick Jarvis as temporary chief executive ©BCS

Paralympic athlete Patrick Jarvis has been named interim chief executive officer of Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton (BCS), one of several sports governing bodies in the country to have come under scrutiny in recent months for safety and culture failings.

Based in Calgary, Jarvis has started work immediately through to the end of May.

Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, which recently signed up with Abuse-Free Sport, said: "Over the next three months, Jarvis will help shape a new vision for the future of the sport organisation while providing operational stability and creating a supportive culture that ensures wellness for all participants including athletes, coaches, staff, Board members, volunteers and officials."

Tara McNeil, the sports psychologist who succeeded the much-criticised Sarah Storey as BCS President last November, said: "Working with our national sport partners, it has been our top priority at Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton to rebuild a culture of respect, kindness and fairness while delivering the critical resources our athletes and coaches need to train and compete safely on the field of play.

"Additionally, we are committed to ensuring our dedicated staff have the leadership support they require to achieve our collective long term operational and performance goals in a fun and enjoyable environment.

"Patrick’s willingness to take on this short-term contract is the first step forward towards laying the foundation for the development of a more promising future.

"He is a highly-motivated, passionate, decisive and pragmatic leader who brings the energy, drive, and experience required to provide the important operational leadership our community needs and deserves."

Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton has been at the centre of abuse allegations ©Getty Images
Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton has been at the centre of abuse allegations ©Getty Images

Jarvis has brought his Paralympic competitive experiences, which included representing Canada at Barcelona 1992 where he finished 12th in the TS4 1500 metres, into his subsequent career in sport management.

"A proven performer throughout his career, Jarvis understands the challenges and opportunities facing a national sport organisation in Canada," the BCS said in a statement.

"Starting in 2015, he served over three years as executive director at Canada Snowboard where he led the rebuild of the governing body for the sport of snowboarding in Canada, and set the organisation up for long-term success.

"Amongst his many other leadership positions, Jarvis was the President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee from 1998-2006 and was the Canadian Team’s Chef de Mission in Nagano 1998 [Winter Paralympics].

"His extensive sport administrative experience has been garnered through numerous roles within a variety of committees and boards.

"Jarvis was a Board Member for Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Games and served on the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) Board of Governors from 2005-17."

Jarvis, who received the Leadership in Sport Award at the 2005 Canadian Sport Awards and Order of Canada in 2010, commented: "I look forward to bringing my experience and skillset to help identify Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton’s strengths and opportunities, build trust and relationships, and provide recommendations to support the organisation in establishing a strong foundation for the creation of a more promising future."