Cristina Lazarescu & Marc-André Monette named coaches at the Short Track Speed Skating Canadian Regional Training Centre in Montreal

Montreal, June 19, 2014 – The Short Track Speed Skating Canadian Regional Training Centre (CRCE) based in Montreal announced today the addition of Cristina Lazarescu and Marc-André Monette as coaches.

They will be under the leadership of Marc Gagnon, Head Coach of the CRCE, and will fill the positions left vacant by the departures of Jonathan Guilmette and Ludovic Mathieu and the promotion of Marc Gagnon.

Cristina Lazarescu has been the Head Coach of the Regional Short Track Centre in Laval and of the Sports-Studies program in Laval since 2007. She has many years of international experience as the assistant-coach of Romania’s Short Track Junior National Team, Head Coach of the Celje club, in Slovenia, and coach for the Sport Club Miercurea Ciuc, in Romania. As an athlete, she also took part in short and long track national and international competitions.

Cristina Lazarescu has completed her Level 3 of the National Coaching Certification Program and the advanced diploma program in training of Institut national du sport du Québec.

Marc-André Monette has been a coach at the Pointe-aux-Trembles club for 13 years. He was a speed skater for 22 years and was a member of the Canadian Short Track National Team and took part in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 World Championships. He was also an alternate on the Short Track Canadian Team at the 2010 Olympic Games. He won the Team World Champion title in 2007 and silver medals on 1500m and 3000m at the University Games in 2003.

Marc-André Monette is completing is Level 3 of the National Coaching Certification Program Level.

“I’m very happy to see Cristina Lazarescu and Marc-André Monette join our team”, said Marc Gagnon, Head Coach. “The knowledge and experience of Cristina and Marc-André will complete the talent in and around this team and they will definitively be an asset in the development of these junior athletes, the future members of the National Team and Canadian representatives in future international competitions.”

Marc-André Monette started his new position Monday, June 16, while Cristina Lazarescu will progressively join the team starting Monday, June 23.

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