Coaching Excellence Awards

Nominations are now open for the
2015 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards!

Know a community level Coach who instills a life-long love of sport in their teams and athletes?
Or a Coach who’s an innovative thinker, pushing the envelope and inventing new approaches to old challenges?
Why not nominate them for a Coaching Excellence Award!

The Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Program celebrates 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.

This year the Awards will be held on September 19th in Toronto. Details about the ceremony to follow, so keep checking back!

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Nominate an awesome Coach in one of 5 categories

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Grass Roots (1 Male, 1 Female)

Coaches recognized in this category are inspirational role models in the community.  The coaching focus would be on introducing children and youth to a sport, developing fundamental movement skills while creating a positive environment for healthy development and instilling a life-long love to be physically active and stay involved in sport. A coach in this category would measure their daily success in the number of smiles achieved.

 

Good-to-Great (1 Male, 1 Female)
The coaching focus is on performance excellence and competing to win.  The coach would be recognized as the primary coach who identifies talented individuals; who creates a training environment that further develops athletic skills and abilities to a higher level of success in competition over a period of time.


Trailblazer Coach
The Trailblazer coach is an innovative out-of-the-box thinker who inspires others to follow and has made a difference in their sport or for their athletes.  Whether coaching a community rep team or top performing provincial athletes, the coach who pushes the envelope, invents new approaches to old challenges and breaks through barriers should be nominated for this award.

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Everyone Matters Coach
The “Everyone Matters” Award recipient has influenced the culture of their team, organization or community by embracing diversity . Over a sustained period of time they have demonstrated the value of an inclusive approach through acceptance and accessibility. Examples in this category include success in reaching out to and actively welcoming different genders, different age groups, newcomers to a sport program or a coach who successfully integrates athletes with a disability into the program.
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Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Award
An outstanding coach who has made a significant contribution to coaching in Ontario over a long sustained period of time—20+ years.  Andy Higgins, an Olympic decathlon coach, an educator and all around good human being, has devoted his lifetime to instilling positive values, citizen development and making a difference in people’s lives through sport.  A coach who dreams big, looks for the possibilities, and focuses on a lasting legacy would be an ideal award recipient in this category.

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Deadline for nominations is July 31, 2015. Please fill out the nomination form below, and send by email to. Brooke Rosenfeld at. brooke@coachesontario.ca .or by fax to (416) 426-7331.
Email or call Brooke at (416) 426-7001 for more information.
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2015 Nomination Forms

Grassroots Coach

Two award recipients will be selected in this category; a dedicated male coach and a dedicated female coach who primarily coach youth or children. Coaches recognized in this category are inspirational role models in the community garnering the confidence and glowing praise from parents and local program leaders.

Eligibility:

Nominee must be an Ontario resident who has been actively coaching Ontario athletes under the age of 12 for the past 2 years (minimum).

Complete Nominations include:

Good To Great Coach

Two award recipients will be selected in this category; an outstanding male coach and an outstanding female coach who have coached athletes that have achieved a high standard of performance in competitive sport. The coaching focus is on performance excellence and competing to win. The coach would be recognized as the primary coach who identifies talented individuals; who creates a training environment that further develops athletic skills and abilities to a higher level of success in competition over a period of time.

Eligibility:
Nominee must be an Ontario resident who has been actively coaching Ontario athletes for at least 2 years. He or she must have coached at least one athlete to a national team spot (e.g. Jr or Sr team, Pan/Parapan Team) in the last 4 years.

Complete Nominations include:

School Sport Coach

SELECTED BY OFSSA

The selection of recipients (1 Male and 1 Female teacher-coach) is based on their unique contribution to sport through continuous development of new coaches. The nominated coach must have influenced the development of new coaches and have shown evidence of program building as well as encouraging athletes to give back to sport. Furthermore the nominated coaches’ coaching style has proven to be ethical, demonstrated sportsmanship and contributed to the “education through school sport philosophy”.

Trailblazer Award

The Trailblazer coach is an innovative out-of- the-box thinker, a creative change agent who inspires others to follow, has made a difference in their sport or for the athletes they coach. Taking the road less travelled is often bumpy and this coach embraced the goal, persevered and made things better for their sport for years to come.

Eligibility:

  • Must be an Ontario resident
  • Actively coaching Ontario athletes for the past 3 years (minimum).

Note: Coaches who are nominated for other 2015 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards may also be considered for this award at the discretion of the Selection Committee.

Complete Nominations Include:

  • A completed Trailblazer Coach Application form.
    (Fill out and email to brooke@coachesontario.ca)
  • 1 letter of recommendation for the award e.g. from an athlete, parent or sport administrator explaining what
  • 1 written testimony or media report as evidence of impact of the Trailblazer Coach’s breakthrough, influence or results.

Everyone Matters Coach Award

The “Everyone Matters” Award recipient has influenced the culture of their team, their organization or community by embracing diversity and differences. Over a sustained period of time they have demonstrated the value of an inclusive approach through acceptance and accessibility.

Eligibility:
Nominee must be an Ontario resident who has been actively coaching Ontario athletes for at least three (3) years.
Note: Coaches who are nominated for other 2015 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards may also be considered for this award at the discretion of the Selection Committee.

Complete Nominations Include:

Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Award

One award recipient in Ontario may be selected in this category; an outstanding coach who has made a significant contribution to coaching in Ontario over a very long sustained period of time; 20+ years.

Eligibility:
Nominee must be an Ontario resident who has been actively coaching Ontario athletes or mentoring other coaches for the past 20 years.

Completed Nominations Include:

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The 2014 Award Winners were:

  • 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