Name: François Hamelin
Sport: Short Track Speed Skating
Hometown: Montreal, QC
Nickname: Frank or Lorenzo
Favourite Sports Memory: Winning a Gold medal in Vancouver.
How you got involved in your sport: Randomly by looking into activities offered in my city.
The moment you knew you wanted to represent Canada: When I qualified for my first World Junior Championship.
Favourite Quote: “Go big or go home.”
CAN Fund Testimonial: CAN Fund support is awesome. The sacrifices that we make and the money resources we spend is not a question for us when we are at this level of racing. We will do everything in our power in order to give us the best chances to win, even if it is really difficult financially . CAN Fund gives us a huge support and helps us to breathe better.
Best Result: Gold medalist at 5000m relay event at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver
Share one valuable tool that you use on a daily basis that helps you to be the best athlete you can be: Anything is possible, I can accomplish the biggest thing, I just have to believe it.
Who is one person in your life that has impacted your career and what was it that they taught you: Dany Lemay, was my coach during my development. He helped me physically and he is still my mentor at this time. He continues to make sure that I am on the right track and in a good state of mind for every competition.
Fun Facts: I really like to sing in my home when I’m alone or with my girlfriend. When I’m competing in Montreal, I’ll eat my mom’s spaghetti sauce before every competition. I like finance and I read a lot about it. I can walk on my hands.