An accomplished gymnast, Pierre began his teaching career in the early 1970s, going on to spend more than 20 years as a coach for the Canadian Olympic gymnastics team. He also holds Level 4 certification from the Coaches Association of Canada in gymnastics. At the same time, as an athlete he participated in several major international competitions, including the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico City and the 1978 World Gymnastics Championships in Strasbourg. An instructor at the École nationale de cirque since 1988, Pierre teaches acrobatics, Chinese hoop, tight rope, rope, aerial straps and unicycle. He also served on the School’s board of directors from 2004 to 2016.