In 2014 René Cournoyer competed at the Youth Olympic Games where he just missed qualifying for the all-around final by one spot but did qualify for the individual apparatus finals on vault and horizontal bar. In 2015, he was a member of the Canadian men’s team that just missed the podium at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. He made his world championship debut later that year. Cournoyer narrowly missed out on being Canada’s lone competitor in men’s artistic gymnastics at Rio 2016, but has used that as motivation. In 2018, he won the all-around title at the national championships and won medals in all six apparatus. Earlier in the year he competed at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, winning team silver and posting fourth place finishes on rings, vault, and parallel bars. He went on to qualify for the all-around final at the 2018 World Championships but was forced to withdraw due to injury.


Getting into the Sport: Started doing gymnastics at age 7 because he wanted to do acrobatics… Outside Interests: Enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking… Studying natural sciences at Université de Montreal… Odds and Ends: Role model is Kyle Shewfelt, who inspired him to want to compete for Team Canada… Always travels with his club’s mascot… Likes to exchange shirts with athletes from other countries… Collects Christmas ornaments from different places where he competes…Favourite motto: “What is worth doing is worth doing well”…