Mr. Grootveld brings experience as a former high-performance athlete, a former high-performance coach (was Head Coach of the Toronto Swim Club for 16 years, coached for Canada at many International competitions and games) and as a high-performance sport administrator (was the Director of Sport Performance and Business Development with the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) from 2010-2018).
While, in his role as the Director of Sport Performance at the CSIO, he helped create, launch and implement a high-performance athlete development program with the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport. The program was the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI) and targeted supporting athletes in the pathway, getting ready to take the next step to National Team and International competition. Also, while with the CSIO, he played a leadership role in the design and build of The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre as well as the Milton Velodrome and the Pan Am Athletics Facilities at York University. He is most proud of the legacy planning he contributed to that has made those facilities important community hubs serving all users within a community.
In addition to the two Canada Games that he participated in, he also has attended five Olympics, working in television for the swimming coverage (Barcelona, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and Rio).