STEVE BUSH, COLE GRANT AND MATT RINI RECEIVE THE PRESTIGIOUS PETRO-CANADA COACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD

Canada’s coaches and sports administrators will be honoured tonight at the Petro- Canada Sports Leadership Awards Gala, hosted by the Canadian Coaching Association in Richmond, BC.

The Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence awards recognize coaches whose athletes have achieved a medal at World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games, or the Special Olympics World Games.
Canada’s Steve Bush (B.C), Cole Grant (MB) and Matt Rini (ON) are amongst 82 coaches from 30 unique sports to win the 2019 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award. Canada’s water ski coaches are passionate about their work and dedicated to positively impacting athletes in all aspects of their life. Based on the success of the Canadian team at the 2019 Water Ski World Championship, CAC is honouring Steve, Cole and Matt. Congratulations!

For the full press release from the Canadian Coaching Association, read below. 

RICHMOND, BC, November 8, 2019– The Coaching Association of Canada™ (CAC) will recognize longtime ringette coach Phyllis Sadoway, ChPC®and Tennis Canada coach Sylvain Bruneau, ChPC, for their outstanding achievements in coaching tonight at the Petro-Canada™ Sport Leadership Awards Gala.

Hosted by the CAC in partnership with Petro-Canada, a Suncor business, at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, BC, the annual gala recognizes coaches who exemplify the values and competencies of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and their positive impact within the sport sector in Canada. It is held during the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference, Canada’s annual conference for coaches, researchers, sport executives, and administrators.

 

Sadoway: Blazing a trail in ringette

For over 35 years, Phyllis has been a trailblazer in the sport as an athlete, coach, evaluator, volunteer, event organizer, administrator, and mentor. Her commitment to developing the sport led to the creation of new NCCP ringette courses and to the Ringette Alberta Cup program for Winter Games participants. She has delivered more than 150 NCCP courses as an NCCP Ringette Master Coach Developer and also served as the Assistant Coach for Team Alberta at the 1996 World Championships and for Team Canada at the 2002 World Championships.

 

Bruneau: Master strategist and motivator

In a career spanning more than 35 years, Sylvain has become an essential part of the national training program for female tennis players in Canada. With a coaching style described as calm, tactical, and passionate, Sylvain fosters constructive dialogue with his players and inspires them to reach their highest potential. His coaching acumen as a master strategist and motivator earned him global renown as he guided Thornhill, Ontario’s Bianca Andreescu to her first tennis Grand Slam championship at the 2019 U.S. Open in September – the first-ever Grand Slam win for athlete from Canada.

Other major coaching award winners to be honoured at the Gala are veteran NCCP Coach Developer Kathy Brook, ChPC, of Waterloo, Ontario, and the Canadian Lacrosse Association, as the recipients of the National NCCP Coach Developer Award and the Sheila Robertson Award, respectively.

“The outstanding abilities of our coaches and sport organizations revealed themselves in 2019 in the outstanding performances of our athletes on the world stage,” says Lorraine Lafrenière, Chief Executive Officer of the CAC. “Canada’s best coaches develop in our athletes and participants the mental and physical resilience to overcome challenges and succeed at the highest level. Our coaches are the teachers, mentors, and friends who inspire our athletes and participants to deliver world-leading performances that we can all be proud of.”                                                                                         

Geoff Gowan Lifetime Achievement Award: Phyllis Sadoway, ChPC, Ringette Canada (Smoky Lake, AB)

The Geoff Gowan Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a lifelong commitment to coaching and coaching development and is presented to an individual who has fostered a positive public image of coaching, enhanced the role of the coach within the public in Canada, and who is a role model for future generations of coaches. The Award was created in 1996 to honour former CAC President Geoffrey Gowan, CM, PhD. The trophy is housed at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary, where the recipient will be featured for the year. Previous recipients include figure skating coach Manon Perrault, ChPC, and diving coach Dany Boulanger.

“Phyllis has made monumental contributions to the growth of ringette across Canada,” says Paul Carson, Chair of the CAC Board of Directors. “Her love of the sport and her dedication to developing its coaches have left an indelible mark on the entire ringette community. Her ability to communicate with athletes and coaches is legendary, and in achieving her NCCP Advanced Coaching Diploma – following her induction into the Ringette Canada Hall of Fame – she shows us what lifelong learning truly means. We’re honoured to present Phyllis with the Geoff Gowan Lifetime Achievement Award.” 

“I am both honoured and humbled to receive this Award,” says Sadoway. “It’s remarkable to me that I find myself in such an elite group of coaches. I believe that good coaching involves more than developing athletic talent – it involves imparting positive values that guide an athlete to greater heights outside the rink as well. I also believe that good coaches must always be learning – not only to keep current with new coaching techniques, yet also to challenge their own perceptions and acquire new knowledge. Coaching has been the great pleasure in my life and I thank every one of the athletes, administrators, parents, and volunteers I have met because of it. I would also like to thank Ringette Canada for having nominated me.”

Jack Donohue Coach of the Year Award: Sylvain Bruneau, ChPC, Tennis Canada (Repentigny, Québec)

The Jack Donohue Coach of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a coach from Canada who exemplifies the qualities of honesty, integrity, positivity, a love of sport, and who has demonstrated the values of coaching excellence, continuous development, and lifelong learning. The recipient also teaches their athletes to value life, its experiences, and the passion of playing for your country. As a founder of the Canadian Association of National Coaches, Jack Donohue was dedicated to the profession of coaching and demonstrated care and concern for all colleagues. Previous recipients include freestyle ski coach Rob Kober, ChPC, and current men’s national soccer team coach John Herdman.

“Sylvain’s personal integrity, competitiveness, and commitment to his athletes are all legendary,” says Lafrenière. “His effectiveness as a coach was evident in September as Bianca Andreescu became Canada’s first athlete to win a Grand Slam tennis tournament. By establishing a precise definition of her objectives, a solid technical and tactical plan, and a positive frame of mind, Bruneau developed in Andreescu the resilience and fearlessness she needed to face down the best woman to ever play the game – and win.”

“It’s a great honour for me to be chosen for this award,” says Bruneau. “I believe it’s the job of a coach to channel their athletes’ motivations and emotional state into a higher level of physical performance and I feel fortunate that I’ve been able to help athletes reach levels beyond what they thought they could achieve. And although tennis is an individual sport, it takes a team to develop a champion. I would particularly like to thank my coaching teammates who share in our success, as well as Tennis Canada for its continued support.”

National NCCP Coach Developer Award: Kathy Brook, ChPC, Coaches Association of Ontario/Canada Basketball (Waterloo, ON)

Launched in 2012, the NCCP Coach Developer Award recognizes an outstanding individual who has gone above and beyond to develop trained and certified NCCP coaches in their community. The recipient embodies the “best of the best” NCCP Learning Facilitators and Evaluators across Canada. Past recipients include NCCP Master Coach Developer Greg Henhawk, of the Bear Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, and 2019 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif keynote speaker Dr. Andy Van Neutegem.

“Kathy has demonstrated a consistent commitment to excellence in her approach as a coach developer,” says Lafrenière. “Her focus is always on how best to deliver and facilitate the National Coaching Certification Program so that coaches in turn can best serve their athletes. She is one of the principal architects of our NCCP Coach Developer policy and has trained hundreds of NCCP Coach Developers now working across the country. She is a wellspring of new ideas and is always thinking ten steps ahead. Further, her dedication to and care for her athletes is a continuous source of inspiration to other coaches.”

“I’m honoured to receive this award,” says Brook. “Coaching and teaching are the twin passions in my life and I have been fortunate to combine them in my career. Coaches have the opportunity to provide safe, positive experiences for athletes to grow and learn not just on the field of play but also in life. I am very fortunate to have the ability to work with so many dedicated coaches and Coach Developers helping to make a difference in our sport system and in our schools. I’m truly humbled at this honour and would like to thank the Coaches Association of Ontario and Canada Basketball for their support.”

Sheila Robertson Award: Canadian Lacrosse Association (Ottawa, ON)

The Sheila Robertson Award recognizes the outstanding contributions to coach education, recognition, and professional development by a National Sport Organization (NSO) or Multi-sport Service Organization (MSO). The CAC presents the award each year to an NSO or MSO that consistently demonstrates the value of coaching through its organizational mandate and communications activities throughout the year to its internal and external audiences. Sport organizations to have received this award in past years include Tennis Canada, Baseball Canada, and viaSport British Columbia.

“The Canadian Lacrosse Association is proud to receive this award and to be recognized by the Coaching Association of Canada for our work in coach development,” says CLA President Joey Harris. “In 2018, we committed to enhancing our coach development program to improve the coach and player experience at all levels of our sport and we are starting to see positive results from our actions. Under the direction and guidance of Brian Baxter, Director Domestic Development, and James Buhlman, Program Coordinator, and with the cooperation of our Member Associations, we have invested in our communications programs to more effectively deliver information to our coaches, teams, and players. Finally, we have increased our efforts to engage women, new Canadians, Indigenous persons, and senior citizens in everything we do. We are thankful to the CAC for having recognized our efforts. I would also like to thank my fellow board members and Bruce Paton, Referee-in-Chief Box Lacrosse, for having nominated us.”

Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards

Petro-Canada also recognized 82 coaches from 30 unique sports with its annual Coaching Excellence Awards. These prestigious awards recognize coaches whose athletes have achieved a medal at World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games, or the Special Olympics World Games. Petro-Canada has honoured 1,237 coaches with this award since 1986.

“Behind every athlete who succeeds in the spotlight lies a coach who prefers to stay in the background,” says Kristina Schaefer, Director of Petro-Canada Brand Loyalty, Suncor. “These coaches deserve to be celebrated and recognized for their commitment to their athletes, their dedication to competition in sport, and to exhibiting the highest standards of ethical conduct. Thank you, coaches. Congratulations to all being honoured at this year’s Gala.”

The Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence award recipients for 2019 are:

British Columbia

Coach

Sport Organization

Athlete

Vladimir Lashin

Gymnastics Canada

Shallon Olsen

Marc McDonell

Freestyle Canada

Noah Bowman

David McKay, ChPC

Wrestling Canada Lutte

Justina Di Stasio

Sean Nugent

Freestyle Canada

Mikael Kingsbury

Trennon Paynter, ChPC

Freestyle Canada

Cassie Sharpe

Dave Thompson

Rowing Canada Aviron

Hillary Janssens, Caileigh Filmer

John Wetzstein

Rowing Canada Aviron

Jeremy Hall, Kyle Fredrickson, Andrew Todd

Richard Wooles, ChPC

Cycling Canada Cyclisme

Ross Wilson

Peter De Marchi

Special Olympics Canada (Athletics)

Arianna Philips, April Armstrong, Stephanie Piccinin, Jessica Larivée

George Maclagan

Special Olympics Canada (Powerlifting)

Michael Bandler, Christine Sullivan

Jennifer Mousley

Special Olympics Canada (Swimming)

John Tinney, Connor Mahoney, Julia Longo

Tom Norton

Special Olympics Canada (Athletics)

Malcolm Borsoi, Team Canada Relay Team

David Wilkinson

Special Olympics Canada (Bocce)

Ava Williams, Neil MacDonald, Kerry Lane, Philip Bialik

John Stuart

Softball Canada

Team Canada (Men’s)

Ron Jacks, ChPC

Swimming Canada

Eric Hedlin

Thomas Johnson, ChPC

Swimming Canada

Emily Overholt

Jordan Williams

Alpine Canada Alpin

Marielle Thompson

Carolyn Murray, ChPC

Triathlon Canada

Stefan Daniel, Jessica Tuomela

Sead Causevic, ChPC

Alpine Canada Alpin

Devin Drury

Steve Bush, ChPC

Waterski Wakeboard Canada

Team Canada

Alberta

Coach

Sport Organization

Athlete

John Dunn, ChPC

Curling Canada

Team Canada (Men’s)

Heather Fidyk, ChPC

Karate Canada

Natalie Olson, Patricia Wright

John Jaques, ChPC

Nordiq Canada

Mark Arendz

Robin McKeever, ChPC

Nordiq Canada

Colin Cameron, Brian McKeever

Paul Ragusa, ChPC

Wrestling Canada Lutte

Daniel Lappage, Erica Wiebe

Pat Enns

Special Olympics Canada (Bowling)

Darbe Cunningham, Crystal Cochrane, Esther Auger, Dawn Rieben

Maria Powell

Special Olympics Canada (Athletics)

 

Addison Czaya-Woolly, Julien Cardinal-Moffett, Audrey Vincent, Gabriel Dupuy, Maxime Duguay

Paul Birmingham, ChPC

Swimming Canada

Team Canada (Women’s 4X200 Freestyle Relay)

Mark Newton

Alpine Canada Alpin

Alana Ramsay

Stanley Hayer

Alpine Canada Alpin

Brady Leman

Saskatchewan

Coach

Sport Organization

Athlete

Adam Burwell, ChPC

Canada Snowboard

Mark McMorris

Jackie Powell

Special Olympics Canada (Swimming)

Michael Qing, Colby Kosteniuk, Tianna Zimmerman, Jordan MacLeod


Manitoba

Coach

Sport Organization

Athlete

Remmelt Eldering

Speed Skating Canada

 Isabelle Weidemann, Ivanie Blondin

Jae Park

Taekwondo Canada

Skylar Park

Jeff Stoughton, ChPC

Curling Canada

Jocelyn Peterman, Brett Gallant (Mixed Doubles)

Melissa Diamond

Special Olympics Canada (Swimming)

Bobbi-Lyn Cleland, Ernest Chua, Genevieve Verge, Christopher Strus

Cole Grant

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada

 

Ontario

Coach

Sport Organization

Athlete/Team

Marty Calder, ChPC

Wrestling Canada Lutte

Diana Weicker

Elena Davydova

Gymnastics Canada

Anne-Marie Paduraiu

Phil Marshall, ChPC

Rowing Canada Aviron

Team Canada (Women’s Eight)

David Ross, ChPC

Gymnastics Canada

Rosannagh Maclennan, Team Canada

Earl Sobotkiewicz

Canadian Tenpin Federation

Men’s Double, Team Canada (Men’s), Mitch Hupe

Denis Vachon, ChPC

Gymnastics Canada

Team Canada (Team All-Around)

Jennifer Andrade

Special Olympics Canada (Soccer)

Team Canada

Shelby Best-Miller

Special Olympics Canada (Soccer)

Team Canada

Duane Carson

Special Olympics Canada (Swimming)

Gordon Michie, Emily MacTavish

Rebecca Cuff

Special Olympics Canada (Athletics)

 Desiree Allen, Joe Covaci, Kristy Alford, Peter Snider

Glenn Cundari

Special Olympics Canada (Golf)

Tessa Trojan, Erin Thom, Krista Stockman, Kyle Koopman, Kyle Grummett, Richard Buck, Emma Bittorf

Donna Edwards

Special Olympics Canada (Rhythmic Gymnastics)

Julia Kostecki and the SO Canada Group Floor Exercise Team

Camille Gardiner

Special Olympics Canada (Basketball)

Team Canada (Men’s)

Stephen Johnson

Special Olympics Canada (Basketball)

 

Team Canada (Men’s)

Neil Lewis

Special Olympics Canada (Soccer)

Team Canada

Wayne Meyers

Special Olympics Canada (Basketball)

Team Canada

Rebecca Norton

Special Olympics Canada (Bowling)

Jennifer Allen, Todd Courrier, Richard Dolan, Lisa McDermott

Linda Kiefer, ChPC

Swimming Canada

Kylie Masse

David White

Alpine Canada Alpin

Kurt Oatway

Ben Titley, ChPC

Swimming Canada

Team Canada (Women’s 4X100 Freestyle Relay, Women’s 4X200 Freestyle Relay, Women’s 4X100 Freestyle Relay)

Byron MacDonald, ChPC

Swimming Canada

Kylie Masse

Matthew Rini, ChPC

Waterski Wakeboard Canada

Team Canada

Tonya Verbeek, ChPC

Wrestling Canada Lutte

Diana Weicker, Danielle Lapage, Justina Di Stasio, Erica Wiebe

Québec

Coach

Sport Organization

Athlete/Team

Éric Bédard

Speed Skating Canada

Samuel Girard

Frédéric Blackburn, EPA

Speed Skating Canada

Kim Boutin, Team Canada (Women’s 3000m relay)

Jean-François Cusson

Freestyle Canada

Alex Beaulieu-Marchand

Michel Hamelin, EPA

Freestyle Canada

Mikael Kingsbury

Gregor Jelonek, EPA

Speed Skating Canada

Antoine Gelinas-Beaulieu

Karina Kosko, EPA

Gymnastics Canada

Rosannagh Maclennan, Sarah Milette, Team Canada

Sasha Mehmedovic

Judo Canada

Christa Deguchi

Guillaume Plourde, EPA

Cycling Canada Cyclisme

Tristen Chernove

Céline Gélinas

Special Olympics Canada (Bowling)

Mark Mengersen, Linda Renner, Barry Green, Manon Cliché

Michel Guay

Special Olympics Canada (Swimming)

Sara Jane Daible, Andréanne Patry-Landry, Connor Bissett

Mario Inkel

Special Olympics Canada (Bowling)

Patrick Reid, Brody Hill, Mitchell MacDonald, Jason Gordy

Aaron Dziver, ChPC

Diving Plongeon Canada

François Imbeau-Dulac, Jennifer Abel

Cesar Henderson, ChPC

Diving Plongeon Canada

Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu, Jennifer Abel

Arturo Miranda, ChPC

Diving Plongeon Canada

Jennifer Abel, Francois Imbeau-Dulac, Melissa Critini-Beaulieu

Jean-Sébastien Labrie, EPA

Alpine Canada Alpin

Frederique Turgeon

Nova Scotia

Coach

Sport Organization

Athelte/Team

Maura Hunter

Special Olympics Canada (Swimming)

Roy Paynter, Jesse Canney, Kelsey Wyse

Ursula Hynes

Special Olympics Canada (Rhythmic Gymnastics)

Annick Leger, Amber Harriman, Kimana Mar

Ross MacIntosh

Special Olympics Canada (Powerlifting)

Andre Goulet, Paul Perrault, Josée Séguin

David Zilberman

Wrestling Canada Lutte

Diana Weicker, Danielle Lappage, Justina Di Stasio, Erica Wiebe

New Brunswick

Coach

Sport Organization

Athlete/Team

Jason Agnew

Special Olympics Canada (Athletics)

Regan Hofley, Michael Guyton, Patti Connors

Newfoundland and Labrador

Coach

Sport Organization

Athlete/Team

Rosemary Ryan

Special Olympics Canada (Athletics)

Eva Bell, Peter Hynes, Kristina Richard

Northwest Territories

Coach

Sport Organization

Athlete/Team

Todd Hays

Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton

Team Canada (2-man, 2-women, 4-man Bobsleigh)

 National Indigenous Coaching Awards

The Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC) is honoured to present the 2019 National Indigenous Coaching Awards at the Awards Gala. The ASC recognizes a male and female Indigenous coach (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) who demonstrate a personal commitment to fair play and to being a role model. The ASC is committed to developing sport that fosters the development of the whole individual; recipients demonstrate a commitment to developing their physical, mental, cultural, and spiritual capacities.

“Tonight’s award recipients are outstanding athletes in their own right and role models for Indigenous youth,” said Carey Calder, Executive Director of the Aboriginal Sport Circle. “Participating in sport is a critical means for young people in our communities to fully develop themselves physically, mentally, culturally, and spiritually. I am immensely proud of Meagan and Gregory for their achievements and look forward to celebrating their successes and those of future award winners in the years to come.”

The 2019 National Indigenous Coaching Award recipients are:

Meagan Wilson (Scotland, ON)

As the Head Coach & Founder, Iroquois Roots Rugby, among other playing and coaching responsibilities, Megan Wilson is committed to living the values of the National Indigenous Coaching Awards. She coaches players of all ages and abilities, holds free camps for Indigenous youth throughout Ontario, and works to ensure that all players are having fun. She takes the time to explain the game to newcomers, and drives those athletes who show promise into higher levels of development. Megan also stresses the importance of cultural and traditional workshops during her training camps, which she feels gives Indigenous youth a sense of self and of their community.

Gregory Meconse, (Winnipeg, MB)

A role model for Indigenous youth, Gregory first distinguished himself as an elite soccer forward at the University of Northern British Columbia. In the past two years Gregory has made a successful transition to coaching while also pursuing a degree in Applied Health and Physical Education at the University of Winnipeg. His most recent coaching success is being selected for the role of Assistant Coach for the U-16 male soccer team at the upcoming 2020 North American Indigenous Games. Gregory shows his commitment to community by volunteering in the university’s Aboriginal Student Services Centre and by acting as a mentor and resource for his fellow students.

More information on the award recipients is posted on theAwards & Recognitionpage of the CAC’s website, coach.ca. Please follow #SLS19on Twitter and Instagram for photos of the evening.

About the Coaching Association of Canada

The Coaching Association of Canada unites stakeholders and partners in its commitment to raising the skills and stature of coaches, and ultimately expanding their reach and influence. Through its programs, the CAC empowers coaches with knowledge and skills, promotes ethics, fosters positive attitudes, builds competence, and increases the credibility and recognition of coaches. For more information, please visit www.coach.ca, follow us on Facebook, Twitteror Instagram.

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Suncor Energy is Canada’s leading integrated energy company. Suncor’s operations include oil sands development and upgrading, conventional and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. A member of Dow Jones Sustainability indexes, FTSE4Good and CDP, Suncor is working to responsibly develop petroleum resources while also growing a renewable energy portfolio. Suncor is listed on the UN Global Compact 100 stock index and the Corporate Knights’ Global 100. Suncor’s common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.

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For more information, pictures or videos of the recipients, contact:

Delaney Turner

Manager, Marketing and Communications

Coaching Association of Canada

O: 613-235-5000, ext. 2353

M: 613-292-7651

E: dturner@coach.ca

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