Canadian Aerial Trampoline and Development Coach Caroline Franc was recognized this week with a FACE (Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence) award $8,000 from Suncor Energy for her work in coaching National Team member Dave Blais this past season.
After three years on the team, Blais had a breakthrough season in 2013, landing on the NorAm podium twice and finishing the season second overall in the NorAm standings. He also made his World Cup debut at Val St. Côme where he finished 22nd.
Blais credited his accomplishments to Franc, saying, “ Caro is a very good coach technically and she is like my psychologist. I really like what she’s doing for us because she’s takes her job seriously and with heart. She wants us to increase our skills and get better and better without big pressure. She has been working with me for three years and I changed my attitude a lot because of her and because of her patience.”
Franc has a strong acrobatic background. She is a former competitive trampolinist and performed with Cirque du Soleil at one time. Before coming to the CFSA, Franc coached at the National Circus School in Montreal for nine years.
She works mainly with the CFSA’s development-level aerialists, but also coaches acrobatics to the World Cup squad, including Olivier Rochon and Travis Gerrits.
Head Aerial Coach Daniel Murphy congratulated Franc on her award, “Caro plays an integral part in our team of coaches. She brings many different things to the table because of her background and experience. Her technical knowledge and her passion naturally transfer to the athletes.”
Murphy and his crew are launching an aerials recruitment drive in Quebec where they will invite young athletes with an interest in acrobatics to try out the water ramp set up at the Centre National d’Entrainement Yves Laroche in Lac Beauport this summer.
“We believe there are a lot of talented kids out there who would be great aerialists and we have the facilities and excellent coaches, like Caro, in Quebec to help them reach their dreams,” said Murphy, who added, “We are trying to make aerials more accessible. Recognition like the FACE awards helps drive awareness to our amazing sport. We know that if we can get more kids out to the ramps we will be able to grow our national program so that Caro can create more champions.”
Working together with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and their National Sport partners, the FACE program, provides developing, pre-carded, Canadian athlete and coach pairings with $8,000 in grants to help athletes achieve national carded status and coaches improve their skills over the long term.
For more information about the Aerials Recruitment program, contact Daniel Murphy in Montreal at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicolas Fontaine in Quebec City at: email@example.com. You can also join their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/academiesautacrobatique?ref=tn_tnmn
For more a complete list of 2013 FACE recipients or additional information on the FACE program, visit www.facebook.com/dreambig.