Olympic gold medallist Bruny Surin takes over for Mark Tewksbury on the Canadian Olympic Foundation (COF) Board of Directors.

Surin, a sprinter is a four-time Olympian and national record holder at 8.84 seconds in the 100-metre sprint. Tewksbury is a Olympic swimming gold medallist. The COF is the charity side of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC).

The 56-year-old Surin will be the chef de mission for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Surin told Inside the Games, “I am honoured to join the COF Board of Directors,” said the 56-year-old Surin. Team Canada has always been my home. After arriving in Montreal from Haiti, sport completely changed my life.

“I’ve been working hard to give back to the community that has given me so much, and I can’t wait to accomplish even more with the Canadian Olympic Foundation and help give more young athletes the opportunity to achieve their Olympic dreams.”

“We are thrilled to have Bruny join us at the Foundation,” said Jacqueline Ryan, chief executive of the COF and chief of brand and commercial officer of the COC.”