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Coaches of the Year named at Ontario Sport Awards

Swimming coach Reg Chappell and badminton coach Jennifer Lee were named Male and Female Coach of the Year respectively at the 46th Annual Ontario Sport Awards on Thursday night in Toronto.

The Ontario Sport Awards are presented by the province of Ontario to athletes and coaches possessing qualities associated with performance excellence and sport achievement.

Mr. Chappell coached Summer Mortimer, a world record holder and world champion, to a spot on the Canadian Paralympic Team at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where he was also a member of Canada’s coaching staff.

Ms. Lee coached five athletes to medals at the Senior National Badminton Championships, and Olympians Michelle Li and Alex Bruce to a fourth-place finish in women’s doubles in London.

Finalists for the Ontario Sport Awards are nominated by Provincial/Multi-Sport Organizations and winners are chosen by the Sport Awards Selection Committee, a group of former athletes and sport administrators from across Ontario.

The other winners included: Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Ice Dancing, London, Team of the Year; Patrick Anderson, Wheelchair Basketball, Fergus, Male Athlete with a Disability of the Year; Patrick Chan, Figure Skating, Ottawa, Male Athlete of the Year; Summer Mortimer, Para-Swimming, Ancaster, Female Athlete with a Disability of the Year; Rosie MacLennan, Trampoline, King City, Female Athlete of the Year.

 

 

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