VICTORIA—Canada’s high-performance triathletes received a boost of support and leadership in their continued pursuit of excellence thanks to the addition of Marc-Antoine Christin, who was named by Triathlon Canada as the new Assistant Coach at the National Performance Centre.
A kinesiology graduate, Christin has been coaching triathlon in a variety of roles at the club and provincial level with Triathlon Quebec over the last five years where he has helped guide developing athletes to leading performances at national and international competitions. Christin was the lead coach for Triathlon Canada at the CAMTRI Junior Championships in Magog, Que.
Christin will provide additional support to Jono Hall, head coach of the National Performance Centre in Victoria, which will enable him to assist Coach Hall in providing the leadership and guidance to a growing pool of athletes. In addition, he will also help bridge the athlete’s progression through the pathway while working with the provincial sport organizations to ensure a strong long-term athlete development model.
“Marc-Antoine is going to play a critical role in helping us have more influence deeper into the pathway by working with our provincial level athletes in their transition into the National Performance Centre,” said Eugene Liang, high-performance director, Triathlon Canada. “Adding an assistant coach to our high-performance programs allows us the ability to nuture the talents of the next generation of athletes while preparing them for the next steps in their continued progression from development to the elite level.”
Working alongside Jono Hall will also provide Christin with a mentor – with the ultimate goal – to strengthen the high-performance environment in Canada for both athletes and coaches.
“The National Performance Centre is core to helping Triathlon Canada deliver on its performance goals in this quadrennial leading to Tokyo 2020, and beyond,” said Liang. “Recruiting a young coach, who is keen to learn while having a positive impact on our next generation of athletes, is needed to help put Canada on the triathlon podium well into the future.”
The addition of Christin will help meet the demands of more athletes who have access to the daily training environment at the National Performance Centre.
Christin will support Hall in a wide range of responsibilities in his new role including: delivering daily workouts and training sessions, collaborating with provincial coaches in an effort to increase recruitment into the National Performance Centre, manage training logistics while providing technical coaching leadership to the next generation of triathletes, lead the development and activation of a recruitment camp, and assist at all national training camps.
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