Jean-François Monette named to the ISU Disciplinary Commission

Ottawa, September 15, 2016 – Former Short Track Speed Skating National Team Member Jean-François Monette of Montreal (Rivière-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles borough), who now lives in Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, QC, has been named on the International Skating Union (ISU) Disciplinary Commission.
 
Monette will sit on the independent body while members are named by the ISU Congress which serves as a first instance of authority to hear and decide all charges referred to it by any ISU authority or party against any skater, official, office holder or other participant in ISU activities accused of a disciplinary or ethical offence, in speed as well as in figure skating.
 
Jean-François Monette, 37, has a degree in law and is now a business notary with PFD Notaires s.e.n.c.r.l. in Boucherville, QC. Over his athletic career, he was crowned World Junior Champion in 1996, won a bronze medal in the 1000m at the 2003 World Championships, was an alternate on the relay team at the 2002 Olympic Games, broke the 500m and 1000m world records in 2003 as well as the men’s relay mark in 2001, was a member of the Short Track National Team from 1999 to 2008, and took part in the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008 World Championships. He retired in October of 2008.
 
He then served on Speed Skating Canada’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2014.
 
“First of all, I would like to thank Susan Auch, President of Speed Skating Canada, as well as Robert Dubreuil, General Manager at the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec, for submitting my name. This nomination is a great mark of trust and a great way to give back to my sport,” said Jean-François Monette.

“I want to impart my vision of a sport that has integrity and is respectful of the rules, two values that I learned from my first coach, Laurent Daignault, and all the other coaches, athletes and volunteers I met throughout my career at the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec and at Speed Skating Canada. My main motivation in this new role will be to promote these values in the world of skating and to share with others the vision of the sport that we have in Canada. Sport should be done for fun and not to obtain results at all costs, while respecting other participants.”
 
“On behalf of Speed Skating Canada, I would like to congratulate Jean-François Monette for this nomination,” said Speed Skating Canada’s President, Susan Auch. “Following the election of Canadians Nathalie Lambert as Chair of the Short Track Speed Skating Technical Committee, last June, and Benoît Lavoie on the ISU Council, it is great to see Canada being increasingly represented at the international level.”

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 14,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsors Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, City of Montreal, Calgary Olympic Oval and WinSport Canada.

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