Cora Zillich - German

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Member of the World Paddle Awards Academy

Cora Zillich is an ex-national rower for Germany, a Sports PR specialist and current Communications and Sponsorship Manager for the Australian Sailing Team.

A highly-respected member of the international rowing community, Cora is a public relations freelancer and sports consultant with extensive management and leadership experience in multinational corporations, national and international sporting organisations as well as in major sporting events.

During London 2012, Cora was proudly Venue Media Manager at Eton Dorney, home of all Olympic canoe sprint and rowing competitions where she managed a vast team of volunteers and permanent staff while being venue spokesperson during Games time.

Following her Olympic Eton Dorney stint and three years prior to that as High Performance Operations Manager for the Australian National Rowing Centre of Excellence, Cora went on to become Media and Communications Manager for the Sydney International Rowing Regatta – Australia’s first ever World Rowing Cup event.

In late 2013 she diversified into sailing-sport; she was appointed as Communications and Sponsorship Manager for the Australian Sailing Team.

Prior to moving to Australia in 2009, Cora had an extensive private sector career, amongst others as Director of Communications for energy company EWE Group and Head of IT Communications at Deutsche Bank.  During this time she also held the Media Manager role for the German Rowing Federation as well as various PR and media consultant roles for the World Rowing Federation FISA. She is a remarkable woman in her professional and private life; in 2008, she recovered from having cancer and is now an Ambassador for Australian cycling-charity Tour de Cure.

As someone essentially outside of canoe sport, Cora provides a very interesting dynamic to the Academy; she brings substantial awareness of sport, particularly watersport, unrivalled know-how of media and communications management and first-hand knowledge of athlete psychology.

Her joining the WPA Academy is also significant as it is an opportunity that should strengthen the relationship between the rowing, canoeing and sailing communities, breaking down any subculture barriers that exist between them.


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