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The 2017 Ontario Coaches Conference is coming to Hamilton!

The Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) is pleased to announce that Hamilton, Ontario and the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel have been selected as the host city and venue for the 11th annual Ontario Coaches Conference being held on March 31-April 2, 2017.

Known for its outstanding sport infrastructure and history of sport success hosting many National and International sporting events in the past, Hamilton will be an ideal gathering place for coaches to enhance their skills and share ideas.

“Hamilton is a strong community where civic leaders, residents and the business and tourism sectors all team up to create an outstanding environment for sport and event hosting,” said Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.  “I am pleased that the province supports the development of coaches through programs such as Quest for Gold.  The Ontario Coaches Conference also is an important annual touchstone in coaching and hosting it in Hamilton in 2017 will benefit the local sport community as well as coaches coming in from across the province.”

The Ontario Coaches Conference has become a signature event on the provincial sport calendar since 2007, bringing together coaches from as many as 67 sporting disciplines, ranging from those who volunteer a few days a week in their community to teachers and high performance coaches working to develop Ontario’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

“Hamilton is thrilled to host the 2017 Ontario Coaches Conference,” said City of Hamilton Mayor, Fred Eisenberger. “Sport is incredibly important to the tourism economy and our close partnership with the Coaches Association of Ontario will ensure Hamilton continues to be regarded as a leading sport destination where Ontario’s high performance athletes – and their coaches – pursue excellence.”

Entering its eleventh year, the conference combines inspirational keynote speakers, topical educational sessions, engaging networking events and National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) training.

President of SportHamilton, Helen Downey, knows firsthand how valuable coach education and training is as well as the impact this conference will have on the Hamilton sport community, “I am very excited and honoured to host coaches from across Ontario and throughout the country in Hamilton at the 2017 CAO Conference.  It is always a very informative, valuable, and fun experience for coaches of all levels: novice to experienced, there is always something to learn as a coach, teacher, rec staff, administrator etc. I look forward to the big weekend!”

The Ontario Coaches Conference is hosted by the Coaches Association of Ontario. Through the Ontario Government’s Quest for Gold program, Ontario coaches are able to participate in this professional development opportunity at a subsidized cost.

The Coaches Association of Ontario is an independent, non-profit, coach-led organization that strengths development opportunities and provides educational resources for coaches in a variety of contexts. The CAO promotes coaching ethics and ensures the wider community recognizes the vital role of the coach in the development of sport at all levels.

For more information on the 2017 Ontario Coaches Conference and how to get involved visit www.coachesontario.ca/conference  or email us at events@coachesontario.ca.

We look forward to seeing you in Hamilton!

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