Stars of 2018

The Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards celebrates the dedication and commitment of Ontario’s great coaches. The Awards recognize the importance of leadership, performance and the value of human insight which are all integral to great coaching.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards:

Rugby  ♦ Scotland, ON
“She wants to ensure inclusion for Indigenous youth and give them a pathway.” – Co-worker

Swimming ♦ Brampton, ON
“He’s funny, dedicated, great to be around, and makes swimming fun.” – Athlete


School Sports  ♦ Waterloo, ON
“It’s amazing what he brings to every single kid that he comes across. Regardless of the kid’s ability, he finds something that he can work with and make them, not only a better athlete, but a better person.”  – Co-worker

School Sports  ♦ Oshawa, ON
“Her love for the game shows through when she’s coaching. She teaches and they learn. She’s instructive, firm, but a lot of fun. Ultimately the girls have a lot of fun when they show up.” – Parent


Rowing  ♦ St Catherines, ON
“One of her strengths is being able to build a team up and really give these amazing pep talks. She really knows how to push us in the right direction we need to go.”
   – Athlete

Basketball  ♦ Toronto, ON
“With him, it’s more than basketball. It’s really about our future – what we want to do after we’re done school. He believes the past doesn’t define you.”Athlete


Soccer  ♦ Sudbury, ON
“I don’t think I could understand the game without his guidance and his constant feedback. As a result, my son, as well as a lot of the kids in this club, have grown tremendously under the overall influence of Guiseppe.”Parent

Curling  ♦ Waterloo, ON
“He is, by far and away, one of the most innovative coaches who’s working in our high performance team and he has a way of instilling and imparting knowledge on athletes that’s very unique. “   –  Co-Worker


Swimming  ♦ Toronto, ON
“He is very approachable so the kids and adults, everyone is able to come up to him and let him know how they’re feeling. They tend to talk to him a lot and trust his opinions.” – Co-Worker

Volleyball  ♦ Kingston, ON
“She knows what she’s talking about and she’s not afraid to say it. Which is a good thing, because sometimes guys will be a little hard-headed about what they think they know.”  – Athlete
The CAO congratulates all of the award winners and coaches across Ontario for their commitment and dedication to ensuring Canadians live an active and healthy lifestyle. For more information on the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards and  nominating a coach in the future, visit