***Update, Sunday January 20th***Due to the weather today the session in Charlottetown has been cancelled. Pierre will be at the morning practice in Charlottetown tomorrow and the evening practice in Summerside for any parents that would like to meet and speak with him. As of now, we still plan to host the session at 7:00pm in Summerside tomorrow, so hope to see you all there.
Swim PEI is excited to announce the creation of the position of Provincial High Performance Coach and invite you to meet Pierre Lafontaine in Charlottetown on Sunday, the 20th of January at 2:30pm at the Bell Aliant Centre or in Summerside on Monday, the 21st of January at 7:00pm at the Credit Union Place. This will be an informal Meet and Greet / Question and Answer session where both Pierre and a Swim PEI Board member will be present to answer any and all questions with respect to this position and program going forward. This Meet and Greet is open to all athletes, coaches, parents, and Club Board members.
Pierre’s career in sport spans over three decades and multiple countries including Australia, USA and Canada and includes working with swimmers, cyclists, and cross-country skiers. He was the CEO and Head Coach of Swimming Canada for over eight years having coached the National Team at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics as well as at numerous World Championships, Commonwealth Games, and Pan-Am Games.
We are excited to welcome Pierre to PEI this weekend and hope that as many people as possible will take the opportunity to come and meet Pierre and hear about the High Performance direction that Swim PEI is taking as a result of the recent Strategic Plan that was undertaken by the Provincial Board.
Former Olympic Team Head Coach to join Swim PEI as Provincial High Performance Coach
Thanks to the support from the 2009 Canada Games Legacy Fund, Swim PEI is pleased to announce that Pierre Lafontaine will assume the position of Provincial High Performance Coach effective January 1, 2019.
Lafontaine’s career in sport spans over three decades and multiple countries including Australia, USA and Canada and includes working with swimmers, cyclists, and cross-country skiers. He was the CEO and Head Coach of Swimming Canada for over eight years having coached the National Team at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics as well as at numerous World Championships, Commonwealth Games, and Pan-Am Games. He was most recently the CEO of Cross County Canada and Cycling Canada.
Mr. Lafontaine will provide leadership and oversight to all provincial technical programs of Swim PEI, including the development and implementation of the Performance Plan for the organization. Through Mr. Lafontaine’s leadership and collaboration with island coaches he will be tasked with supporting clubs to elevate the performances of swimmers in PEI and create opportunities to remain in the province and train to their highest potential. Pierre will immediately be engaging with the organization to create a performance strategy and identify key initiatives in support of high performance swimming in Prince Edward Island. Over the next two years he will work directly with athletes and coaches to help train swimmers to achieve best ever results at National level meets.
For more information please contact, Nicole Manuel Swim PEI Executive Director, through the contact us page.
As stated in the February 2018 Officials Bulletin, Swimming Canada is excited to officially launch their education site: https://edu.swimming.ca/. This site is where all the e-learning modules will be housed. At this time, there are two officials courses available for officials to complete; Intro to Officiating (Timekeeper) eModule & Safety Marshal eModule. As the site progresses, more officiating eModules will be added, and eventually coaching eModules as well.
As Swimming Canada continues to develop the e-learning site, they appreciate any and all feedback to help improve the site’s functions. Please send all questions, suggestions and feedback through the contact us page.
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