This past Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at the Scotiabank Theater in Toronto, the Coaches Association of Ontario proudly recognized the men and women who coach in Ontario. The Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Program is a means by which the CAO has been celebrating the dedication and commitment of exemplary individuals who inspire, innovate and share knowledge of sport with others. The Awards recognize the importance of leadership, performance and the value of human insight which are all integral to great coaching.
All nine winners and their friends, families and fans had a blast at the ceremony, hosted by CBC Sports Weekend Commentator Brenda Irving. MPP for Davenport, Cristina Martins, was also in attendance to congratulate the Coaches. The audience enjoyed a short but heartfelt tribute video vignette about each winner, which can be found on our YouTube channel, or click on each Coach below to watch them individually.
The following are the winners of 2014 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards:
- Craig Stead - Grass Roots Coach (Male), Soccer, Ottawa
- Melissa Last - Grass Roots Coach (Female), Synchronized Swimming, Toronto
- Leslie Lawlor – School Sport Coach (Female), Kingston
- Ken VanderZwaag – School Sport Coach (Male), Kitchener
- Jennifer McMillan – Good-to-Great Coach (Female), Goalball, Brantford
- Mark Matheson – Good-to-Great Coach (Male), Softball, Listowel
- Kurt Tempelmans Plat - Trailblazer Coach, Badminton, North Bay
- Janet White – Everyone Matters Coach, Special Olympics Track and Field, Pickering
- Erico Mancini – Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Award, Boxing, Toronto
If you couldn’t make it, here’s some of what you missed!
The Awards ceremony and all of the 2014 Ontario Coaching Excellence Award winners with Emcee Brenda Irving.
MPP Cristina Martins with CAO Executive Director Susan Kitchen (right) and 2014 Trailblazer Coach Kurt Tempelmans Plat (left).
Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Award winner Rico Mancini.
Grassroots Coach Award winner Melissa Last and some of her fans!
The 2014 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards kicked off Ontario Coaches Week. To find out more about Ontario Coaches Week events such as free NCCP courses across the province here.