Candice Drouin, coach

 

Candice Drouin was at the helm of the first Canadian squad to compete in para-snowboard at the Paralympic Games. Para-snowboard was added to the Paralympic Winter Program in 2012 by the International Paralympic Committee.

Drouin started coaching with the Canada Snowboard Adaptive Program in 2008. What started out as a part-time, seasonal role has grown into full-time, year-round position. Says Drouin: “I have the best job in the world and I am honored to be coaching Team Canada! The first time I saw para-snowboard athletes ride, I was amazed by their ability to ride just as well as able-bodied riders out on the hill and the ways they adapt to make the sport work for them.”

She says, “I tell people I meet, disabled or able-bodied, that the experience of being involved in competitive sport is life-changing and getting to represent your country and see the world while pursuing your dreams is amazing.”

Drouin was also head coach of the B.C. Team at the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax, where two of her athletes won gold and silver medals.

Formerly a competitive snowboarder, Drouin competed at eight Winter X Games with her top result a bronze medal in 1999. She also won the Goodwill Games in 2000, was the 2001 Canadian champion and won the Nor-Am overall title in 2005.

 

HISTORICAL  CONTEXT

Para-snowboarding was included in the Paralympic Games for the first time starting in Sochi.

It was officially added in May 2012 after years of effort on the part of Canada Snowboard and the rest of the snowboarding community.

PERSONAL

FAMILY: Thanks her parents for their unconditional support. She says: “My mother has always been my role-model in life.”

GETTING INTO THE SPORT: Spent many years competing as a snowboard athlete herself before getting in to coaching. Credits Brianne Law, Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team Athletic Director, for guidance and support in her coaching role.

ODDS AND ENDS: Drouin likes to sew…. three words to describe Drouin: kind, whole-hearted, strong.