André Simard to the Order of Canada

A former Men’s National Coach has been honoured by his nation.

André ​Simard of Saint-Agathe-des-Monts, Que., who has worked with Cirque du Soleil since 1987, is being appointed a member “for his expertise in choreographing spectacular acrobatic and aerial acts for the circus arts, both in Canada and on the world stage.”

Simard was also a three-time Canadian men’s all around gymnastic champion who represented Canada at the Munich Olympics before moving into a training role for young gymnasts.

“All my life, I have given the best of myself unconditionally to my athletes, student artists and employers. I am very proud of that,” he said in a statement.

“I would especially like to thank Jean Paul Marcil and Richard Montpetit, who guided me throughout my career as a gymnast, and all those who have accompanied me along the many paths my life has taken. ”


Thanks Jim.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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