Frédéric Blackburn

Person type: 
Coach
Track type: 
Short
Date of Birth: 
Thursday, December 21, 1972
Hometown: 
Chicoutimi, Que.
Training centre: 
Maurice Richard Arena, Montreal
Occupation: 
Women's team head coach

2013-14 season
Frédéric is entering his fourth season as a coach with Canada’s national teams and second as women’s head coach ... He will continue to work with Jeff Scholten to coach 14 national and development women’s teams skaters ... He will focus on the eight women on the national team.

2012-13 season
In his first season as women’s head coach, the women's team won a total of 10 World Cup medals (2 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze) and three silver medals in the relay. At the world championships, Marianne St. Gelais was fourth overall, won bronze in the 1500 m and was third in the 3000 m. The women's relay team - Drolet, Hewitt, Maltais and St. Gelais - won the silver medal.

2011-12 season
Coaching the men’s development team, Frédéric had Alexandre St. Jean and Charle Cournoyer compete in two World Cups, Gabriel Chiasson-Poirier in one and Liam McFarlane in two World Cups and the 2012 World Championships ... McFarlane was a world champion and World Cup title season winner in the relay. He also won his first individual World Cup medal, a silver in the 500 m, and a gold and silver in the relay ... In Cournoyer’s first World Cup in Nagoya, Japan, he earned a bronze medal in his first race, the 1500 m. Taking a silver medal in the relay at World Cup #4, he also earned the season relay World Cup title. Cournoyer was also named SSC’s 2012 Rising Star for short track ... Frédéric was also the men’s coach at World Cups #3 and #4.

Other seasons
Frédéric is an NCCP Level IV coach ... He received SSC’s Coaching Excellence Award in 2010 ... He was named 2010 Coach of the Year by the Fédération de Patinage de vitesse du Québec ... He worked as production manager for Apex Racing Skates for several years ... He coached with the Montreal St. Michel Club before joining the national teams program.

Skater
Frédéric was a member of the national short track team from 1990 to 2005, but was injured from 1998 to 2001 ... He was double Olympic medalist in Albertville in 1992 (1000 m and relay) ... He won the overall silver medal at 1994 World Championships and took the bronze in 1995 ... He also competed at the Lillehammer 1994 Olympics ... He competed in World Cup #6 in 2002-03, placing ninth in the 1500 m and winning the silver medal in the relay ... He was first overall at the 1993 and 1994 Canadian Open Championships and second in 1995 and 1996.

Facts: 

Frédéric started speed skating at six … He enjoys surfing during his leisure time.