Sport: Cross Country Skiing
Current Coaching Position: Head Coach, Le Sureau Blanc de Tracadie-Sheila, Inc., Cross Country Ski Club; Élites du Nord-Roi
CAC Program Involvement: Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program
Mentor: Claudette Maltais
“As a coach, Manon strives to help each one of her athletes to reach their maximum potential. An accomplished cross country skier, having competed at the 1991 Canada Winter Games, she is dedicated to her sport and is eager to grow as a coach so that she can instil the same passion in her athletes as she has shown over the 25 years she has been involved with cross country skiing in New Brunswick.” – Trevor Smith, Executive Director, Centre for Coaching Education of NB
Manon was a member of the New Brunswick cross country ski team from 1988 to 1992. She competed at the 1991 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island, the junior national championships in 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991, the Atlantic and Eastern championships as well as many other races. She was the provincial champion in her category in 1988, 1989, and 1990 and still races occasionally for fun.
Since 2002, Manon has been the head coach of the cross country ski club, Le Sureau Blanc de Tracadie-Sheila, Inc. She has initiated and is responsible for the club’s youth programs, including Bunnyrabbit, Jackrabbit, and Track Attack. She is also head coach of the Élites du Nord-Roi, the Acadian Peninsula’s competitive team.
Quality manager, Laboratories and Analytical Services, Coastal Zones Research Institute, a private, not-for-profit institution affiliated with the Université de Moncton that focuses on research into aquaculture, fishery and marine products, and peat and peatlands.
• Master of science degree, specializing in analytical chemistry
• National Coaching Certification Program, Community Coach certification in cross country skiing
Expectations of the Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program
“It is an amazing opportunity to be chosen as one of the apprentice coaches for the 2011 Canada Winter Games. It is wonderful to be able to learn from and work alongside more experienced coaches.”
Greatest achievement: Developing our club’s youth programs, which have grown from 12 skiers to 48.
Source of motivation: My children, Ariane, who is seven, and Hugo, who is four.
Greatest wish: That our competitive team becomes a leading development team in cross country skiing and is competitive at the national level.