Achieving excellence in any endeavour requires intense dedication and commitment. Alan Nolet displayed these qualities and much more in his 22-year quest to become a world-class gymnast.
Born in Toronto, Alan was introduced to the rigorous demands of gymnastics at the tender age of eight when he joined the Mississauga Gymnastics Club. He loved the challenge of this highly competitive sport. He trained relentlessly in pursuit of excellence and with one goal in mind - to be the best in his sport.
Soon Alan moved to Burlington Gymnastics Club to receive the quality training and discipline necessary to achieve elite status. For more than ten years for the Burlington Club where he represented Burlington and Canada at numerous international competitions.
The Burlington gym club was the Canadian of high-level gymnastics training in the late 1980s and early '90s and many of our national team competitors were active here during this period of time. His dream to compete on the international stage came to fruition in 1987 when he was selected to the Canadian Team to compete at the Pan-American Games in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA).
His celebrated career included proudly wearing the Canadian Emblem at the following major international events:
- World Championship: 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997
- Olympics: Seoul, Korea 1988, Barcelona, Spain 1992, Atlanta, USA 1996
- Commonwealth Games: 1990, Auckland, New Zealand, Silver on Floors, Silver All-round, Gold - Team
- 1994 Victoria, B.C.: Gold on Horizontal Bars, Bronze on Floor, Gold - Team
Other Honours include Canadian Gymnastics Federation Athlete of the Year (1994), and induction into the McMaster Sports Hall of Fame (2006).
Currently, Alan resides in Oakville with his wife, Tamara. Together they own and operate two physiotherapy clinics. Life continues to be for the distinguished as they raise two daughters, Abbey, eight, and Briar, ten years of age.
For his outstanding accomplishments on the international stage of sport Alan is indeed an athlete worthy of distinction in the Burlington Sports Hall of Fame.