Stars of 2016

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 2016 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards:

COLLEEN RASMUSSEN-TAYLOR
Softball  ♦ Port Perry, ON
“Colleen is dedicated to the sport and is fostering the interest and growth of softball in Port Perry. She inspires a great work ethic in all kids she coaches.”  –  Co-worker

DAVID CURRIE
Hockey  ♦ Sarnia, ON
“I plan to be involved in hockey in some way and if I end up coaching my own kids, I know this is the kind of coach I will be.”  –  Athlete

 


JO-ANNE DEXTER
School Sports  ♦ Cornwall, ON
“Jo-Anne is truly passionate about high school sports and ensure that every single athlete at our school receives the best experience through sport.”  – Co-worker

KEN MACDONALD
School Sports  ♦ Toronto, ON
“Ken is deserved of being acknowledged as a coach of ‘excellence’ because of his selfless attitude and dedication to the hundreds of young lives he has touched.” –  Parent

 


LAURA MCPHIE 
Swimming ♦ Guelph, ON
“Laura clearly defines what it takes to mentor, inspire, and a coach youth. She helps make these kids see beyond the black line at the bottom of the pool.”
   – Parent

TERRY RADCHENKO & ROSS RISTUCCIA
Athletics ♦ Toronto, ON
“A good coach trains the athlete. A great coach trains the person. A good changes your athletic career. A great coach changes your life. I know what it is like to work with a great coach. In fact, I work with two.”Athlete

 


CRAIG BLACKMAN
Athletics  ♦ Toronto, ON
“He played a big part in helping me reach my goal so that I could represent Canada. It wouldn’t have happened without his openness and commitment to integration for athletes with a disability.” –  Athlete

KEVIN SANDY
Lacrosse  ♦ Ohsweken, ON
“I’ve witnessed Kevin prove that lacrosse is more than winning; instead it’s about bring people and families closer together to encourage children and players of all ages to play their best and have fun.”   –  Parent

 


GRAEME WILLIAMS
Squash ♦ Windsor, ON
“He has a unique ability to make the game fun and genuinely cares about their development as players, but more importantly as people.”                 – Parent

CASEY CURTIS
Tennis ♦ Markham, ON
“As a coach that values sportsmanship as well as technical skill, he has provided all of his players the tools to be successful on and off the tennis court.”Parent
 
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   www.coachesontario.ca/awards.