Marianne St-Gelais & Jonathan Perez-Audy named assistant coaches at the Canadian Regional Training Center in Montreal

Three-time Olympic medalist St. Gelais joins coaching staff led by Marc Gagnon

MONTREAL, QUEBEC - The Canadian Regional Training Center - Montreal (CRCE) is expanding coaching staff, as head coach Marc Gagnon will now be supported by two new assistant coaches in Marianne St-Gelais and Jonathan Perez-Audy.

Based at the Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal, home of the Canadian short track team, the CRCE is primarily dedicated to the development and mentoring of promising young athletes in short track speed skating. It is part of Speed Skating Canada’s national team program and is an essential component of the Quebec Speed Skating Federation’s high performance program.

Marianne St-Gelais is a three-time Olympic medalist – winning two silvers at Vancouver 2010 and a third at Sochi 2014 – and two-time World Championship silver medalist. Having enjoyed a prolific international career, spanning a dozen years, the new assistant coach will share her rich experience as a high-level speed skater with the next generation.

Jonathan Perez-Audy, a well-respected short track coach in both Quebec and Canada, had been head coach at the Center régional courte piste Laval (CRCP Laval) since 2017. As an athlete, he was a member of Quebec’s provincial team from 2011 to 2014.

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“I am very happy with the addition of these two up-and-coming short track coaches to the CRCE. Marianne brings with her tremendous personal experience which will help in the development of our young skaters. Her interpersonal skills will also be an important asset in the coach/athlete relationship. Jonathan is also a former skater, under my supervision, and will not only bring his skills as an athlete to the job, but also his many years of experience as a coach."- Marc Gagnon, Head Coach, CRCE

“With Marianne and Jonathan, the CRCE has added a very interesting duo of assistant coaches, each with great strengths. Marianne arrives with an exceptional experience as a skater and will be in a familiar place to train as a coach. Jonathan, for his part, has been able to rise through the ranks as a coach in recent years and will undoubtedly be able to share his experience with the group.”- Robert Dubreuil, President, CRCE

“On the ice, surrounded by young people, is where I belong. I flirted with part-time coaching last year and I surprised myself in that I very much enjoyed the relationship with these up-and-coming athletes. I must admit that coaching was not part of my career plans, but I found it to be a very enriching experience. Above all, it is a real privilege to be able to support these young people as both athletes and humans. "- Marianne St-Gelais

“I can't wait to join this group of coaches and to share my passion for speed skating with the athletes. I hope to help them develop to their full potential, while growing professionally in this new challenge."- Jonathan Perez-Audy