Coaching Association of Canada

Michèle D’Amours

Sport: Long Track Speed Skating

Current Coaching Position: Coach, Centre espoir de patinage de vitesse régional de Québec

CAC Program Involvement: Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program

Mentor: Ariane Loignon

“Michèle trained in Calgary for the past three years. Her plans underwent considerable change last August when she learned she was pregnant. She then decided to embark on coaching with the aim of passing on her passion and experience in a sport that has given her so much on both the athletic and human fronts and would continue to enrich her in her new role. It is an environment and a lifestyle she loves and stimulates her to the fullest. She believes she has the personal qualities and the experience required to ensure the proper development of her athletes. The 1995 Canada Winter Games are one of Michèle’s most treasured memories and best moments of her athletic career and served as an excellent springboard to higher achievements. She now has the unique opportunity to experience another professional development opportunity within the framework of the Canada Games.”Martin Cléroult, Conseiller en sport, Direction du sport et de l'activité physique, Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport

Sport History
Athletic
Michèle participated in many different sports as a child, from alpine skiing to power skating. She played ringette for five years and soccer for 13 years. At the age of 10, she started speed skating, competing in both long and short track. In 1995, at the age of 15, she won gold, silver, and bronze at the Canada Winter Games. She then concentrated on long track and was on the provincial team until 2000 and the national team from 2001 to 2009, competing on the World Cup circuit. A long distance specialist, Michèle’s posted her best result at the 2007 world single distance championships where she finished 12th in 5000-metres. After an injury in 2008, she and Alexandre, her husband of five years, decided to start a family and she became pregnant in 2009.

Coaching
Michèle started coaching in the fall of 2009 after her retirement.

Current Occupation
Mother-to-be and coaching at the Centre espoir de patinage de vitesse régional de Québec

Hometown
Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, Que.

Education
• Agrology student, Laval University
• National Coaching Certification Program in progress

Expectations of the Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program
“I expect new experiences and tools that will lead me deeper into the coaching adventure. Different points of view will help me to understand the best way for me to become a more complete and better coach.”

Quick Facts
Greatest achievement: I am very proud and really grateful for everything I’ve been building and working on in recent years and that are now in my life, from my basic environment (where I live) to all the people who are part of my life.
Source of motivation: My love and passion for sports.
Greatest wish: To be able to give back as much as I have received from sport to the athletes I’m coaching, on the human side as much as on the sport and competitive sides.