Responsible for sports studies last year on her return to Quebec after 35 years in Western Canada, Chantal Jobin wants to be a very interesting candidate for the succession of Étienne Couture at the helm of the badminton club of the Rouge et Or de Laval University.
The competition to find the successor to Couture, who resigned after 15 years as head coach, is over. With a long experience as a player and coach where she led Douglas College in British Columbia for nine years, Jobin says she is ready to take on greater responsibilities within the Rouge et Or.
“I love giving to young people, and my mission is to share my experience of 20 years,” she said. When I came back to Quebec last year, I didn’t expect to lead the Rouge et Or in the short term because I wanted to work with the younger players. Étienne is very human, very competent and I didn’t think he was going to leave. Talking to Mathieu Morneau (a former star player of the Rouge et Or and sport-studies), my vision changed. Mathieu told me that Étienne had a big impact on him when he was in sport-studies. I realize that it is possible to work with the most advanced even if you lead the Rouge et Or.”
After her playing career that took her to the national center in Calgary following her victory at the 1983 Canada Games, held in Saguenay, Jobin moved to British Columbia where she joined her brother. She got a job as a trainer.
“I had the chance to travel a lot as a player and rub shoulders with great athletes,” she said. I saw what it took to reach the top level. I want to give young people a chance to reach the top level if that’s their desire. »
Bothered by various injuries that forced her to retire, Jobin also tore her anterior cruciate ligament during her coaching career, an injury that kept her away from badminton for a few years. “I needed four years to relearn how to walk well and I stopped coaching,” she said. When I returned two years ago, I realized that I still had the bug. »
Had it not been for the pandemic, Jobin would have experienced her international baptism as a coach in early June. Couture had given him the mandate to lead the Rouge et Or at the Pan American University Games which were to take place in Mexico. “I was in shock when Étienne asked me to go to Mexico with the team,” she said. He trusted me very much. It hurt the whole team that the tournament was cancelled. »
The contest ended on May 24. The selection committee went through the applications this week to determine which candidates will be selected for an interview. The Rouge et Or would like the interviews to take place in person rather than through the Zoom platform. The new head coach should be known by the end of June.