Eric Van den Eynde - Cycling
Date of Birth: December 20, 1955
Birth Place: Gosselies, Belgium
Residence: Longueuil, QC
Occupation: Head coach
Eric Van den Eynde started coaching in 1976 in Montreal at the Olympic Velodrome. From 1984 to 1996 he coached for the Quebec provincial team; then coached for the Canadian Cycling Association from 1996 to 2006.
Along the way, Van den Eynde started to include athletes with a disability in his able-bodied cycling training groups, challenging all his athletes to train harder and smarter than ever before – and results followed. At the 1996 Paralympic Games, athletes coached by Van den Eynde won seven medals and at the 2000 Paralympic Games, they won two medals.
In May 2009, Van den Eynde became head coach of the Canadian Para-Cycling Team. This straight-talking coach has helped his athletes achieve success by creating a culture of hard work without excuses. He says, “I have respect for what they have done, but my job is not to be sorry.”
Led by coaches Van den Eynde and Sébastien Travers, the Canadian Para-cycling team won 15 medals at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. They now lead a team with many athletes in contention for medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.