April 30, 2009 – The FQSC is pleased to announce that Eric Van den Eynde coach of Quebec’s road, track and paracycling team, has been appointed national coach for paracycling at the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) as of May 1.
“We have mixed feelings about his departure. Obviously, we would have liked him to remain with the FQSC, because of what he’s achieved with Quebec athletes and we are proud of his accomplishments. But we’re not surprised that Eric received an offer from the CCA if you consider the results obtained by QuÃ©bÃ©c’s paracyclists over the years, including the 2008 Beijing Paralympics,” commented AndrÃ© Michaud, president of the FQSC. The athletes who won the two Paralympic medals for Canada at the Games were trained by Van den Eynde.
“I would like to thank the FQSC for allowing me to be a part of Quebec’s teams once again, following a ten-year absence. The FQSC’s programs that help identify and develop athletes have lead to several great talents emerging at the national and international level. I was privileged to contribute to the development of these athletes eager to achieve greater heights,” said Van den Eynde. “As the national paracycling coach I look forward to a new challenge of helping more Canadian riders become world class athletes.”
Van den Eynde will continue to be based in Quebec. Since the transfer of paracycling under the UCI in 2007 as the International Paralympic Committee, the paracycling calendar has expanded internationally. Each year, except, when the Paralympics are held, athletes compete at World Championships for road and track. In 2010, a World Cup series for road and track will be added to the international calendar.
Eric Van den Eynde Named New CCA Mational Paracycling Coach
April 30, 2009 (Ottawa, ON) – The CCA is proud to announce the nomination of Eric Van den Eynde, Quebec team coach in road, track and para-cycling, as the new national paracycling coach. Eric will be leaving his job at the FQSC on the 1st of May to take on his new role at the Canadian Cycling Association. Â
Following numerous years of work with international road and track athletes, Eric comes to the CCA with a great deal of passion and experience to lead our national paracycling program to a high international competitive level.
The CCA thanks the FQSC for having given us the opportunity to have Eric contribute to the development of paracycling at the national level.
Thanks to the financial support of “Own The Podium” and Sport Canada, in the coming weeks the CCA will nominate a paracycling assistant coach and coordinator du support for Eric in the construction of a national paracycling program which has expanded considerably in the last few years.