National Teams

René Cournoyer

René Cournoyer

  • Residence

    Repentigny, QC

  • Coach(es)

    Jean-Sebastien Tougas

René Cournoyer

Birthplace: Repentigny, QC
Year of Birth: 1997
Club: Club Gymnika
Favourite Event: Floor
Sr. National Team since: 2015
Follow me on Twitter: @renegym
Follow me on Instagram: @renegym97 

René Cournoyer is a newcomer to the Canadian senior national team. In 2014 he competed at the Youth Olympic Games where he missed qualifying for the all-around final by one spot, but did qualify for the individual apparatus finals on vault and horizontal bar. In 2014 Cournoyer also competed at the Junior Pan American Championships where he won gold on floor exercise, silver on vault, and bronze in team. He won another team bronze at the 2014 Pacific Rim Championships, where he had top-five finishes on rings, vault, and horizontal bar. He achieved a career highlight in 2013 when he won gold on the horizontal bar in the senior division at the Canadian Championships as a 16-year-old.

Family: Parents Denis Cournoyer and Lucie Paquette… Younger brother Laurent…

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 in Cégep…

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…

Favourite motto: “What is worth doing is worth doing well”…


  • Year
  • Event Name
  • Achievement
  • 2016
  • Canadian Championships (Edmonton, AB)
  • 3rd A-Around, 5th Floor, 8th P. Horse, 2nd Rings, 4th Vault, 4th P. Bars
  • 2016
  • Olympic Qualification Test Event (Rio De Janeiro, BRA)
  • 8th Team
  • 2016
  • Elite Canada (Halifax, NS)
  • 1st A-Around, 9th Floor, 1st Rings, 4th Vault 
  • 2015
  • World Championships (Glasgow, SCO)
  • 15th Team, 45th A-Around
  • 2015
  • Pan American Games (Toronto, ON)
  • 4th Team, 11th A-Around, 7th P. Horse
  • 2015
  • Canadian Championships (Gatineau, QC)
  • 2nd A-Around, 5th Floor, 6th P. Horse, 3rd Rings, 4th Vault
  • 2015
  • Elite Canada (Trois-Riviéres, QC)
  • 2nd A-Around, 1st Floor, 6th P. Horse, 7th Rings, 3rd Vault
  • 2014
  • Youth Olympic Games (Nanjing, CHN)
  • 19th A-Around
  • 2014
  • Canadian Championships (Ottawa, ON)
  • 3rd A-Around, 6th P. Horse
  • 2014
  • Pacific Rim Championships (Richmond, BC)
  • 3rd Team, 6th A-Around, 7th Floor, 5th Rings, 4th Vault, 4th H. Bar
  • 2014
  • JR Pan Am Championships (Aracaju, BRA)
  • 3rd Team, 6th A-Around, 1st Floor, 2nd Vault, 7th P. Bars
  • 2014
  • Elite Canada (Gatineau, QC)
  • 2nd A-Around, 2nd Floor, 6th P. Horse, 2nd Vault, 5th P. Bars
  • 2013
  • Canadian Championships (Ottawa, ON)
  • 4th A-Around, 4th P. Horse, 9th Rings, 6th Vault, 6th P. Bars, 1st H. Bar
  • 2013
  • Elite Canada (Sherwood Park, AB)
  • 1st A-Around, 2nd Floor, 1st P. Horse, 3rd Rings, 3rd Vault, 3rd P. Bars, 7th H. Bar