Speed Skating Canada

TACTICAL COACH, NATIONAL PROGRAM

Jonathon Cavar

BIOGRAPHY

Jonathon Cavar has held multiple roles with Canada’s short track program since 2004 and has been overseeing the development team since 2016.

Cavar was a member of Canada’s short track development and national teams for five seasons, culminating with an appearance on the World Cup circuit from 1997 to 1998. He became the first Canadian to win a medal – silver in the 500m – at the World Junior Championships in 1994 and was crowned national champion in 1998.

The Ottawa native moved into coaching following his retirement as a skater, joining the national team training centre in Calgary in 2004. During his time there, he most notably coached Olympian Jessica Gregg and represented Canada at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, contributing to three medal performances. He accepted a head coaching position with the United States national team in 2014, before returning to Canada in 2016 to run the men’s and women’s development teams in Montreal.

In 2020, Cavar was seconded from his coaching role to help lead Speed Skating Canada’s Technical Alignment Project. He returned to the ice in June 2021 to help Canadian skaters with their final push for Beijing 2022.

QUICK FACTS

DATE OF BIRTH

May 27, 1977

BIRTHPLACE

Ottawa, Ont.

HOMETOWN

Ottawa, Ont.

TRAINING CENTRE

Maurice Richard Arena (Montreal)

CERTIFICATION

Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC)

EDUCATION

B.Sc. Exercise Science, Concordia University

SPEED SKATING IDOL

Gaétan Boucher

BEST ADVICE

Be creative and challenge yourself.

HOBBIES

Mountain Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Running, Camping

FAVOURITE MOVIE

Rudy

GUILTY PLEASURE

Oreo Ice Cream

FAMILY CONNECTIONS

My sister (Valerie Cavar) was an Olympian in short track and my dad (John Cavar) was once president of Speed Skating Canada

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