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Stars of 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards:

Grassroots Coach

Hollie Babut

Soccer ● Richmond Hill, ON

“She is a very positive and happy person who loves soccer and passes that passion on to her players.”  – Co-worker

Grassroots Coach

Jon Roy

Baseball ● Uxbridge, ON

“You immediately realize that this a person with a special gift for coaching others.” – Parent

School Sport Coach

Ron Andrews

School Sports ● Barrie, ON

“The education of the whole student has been paramount to the leadership he provides.”  – Parent

School Sport Coach

Annette Wrigley

School Sports ● Huron-Perth, ON

“The championships she has won pale in comparison to what she has done for students, coaches and sport.” – Parent

Good to Great Coach

Cheyanna Farquharson

Sprint Canoe-Kayak ● Ottawa, ON

“She instills a sense of passion and fun that stays with the athletes long beyond the sport.” – Co-worker

Good to Great Coach

Warren Williams

Basketball ● Burlington, ON

“A good coach prepares you for life outside of sport and Warren has helped me do just that.” – Athlete

Everyone Matters Coach

Trevelle Edwards

Gymnastics ● Kitchener, ON

“Trevelle treats my daughter like she isn’t just included, but like she belongs in the class.” – Parent

Everyone Matters Coach

Christa Eniojukan

Basketball ● Toronto, ON

“She is always more than willing to do anything and everything in her power to help anyone.”   – Athlete

Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement

Mark Sutton

Volleyball ● Scarborough, ON

“I wholeheartedly believe that none of my achievements would have happened if not for Mark.”  – Athlete

2019 Event Photos

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 https://www.coachesontario.ca/events/awards/.

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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:

Grassroots Coach

Megan Wilson

Rugby ● Scotland, ON

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

Grassroots Coach

Ian Roopnarine

Swimming ● Brampton, ON

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

School Sport Coach

Ian Atkinson

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…”  – Co-worker

School Sport Coach

Dawn Manerowski

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…” – Parent

Good to Great Coach

Kathy Boyes

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

Good to Great Coach

Jay McNeilly

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

Trailblazer Coach

Guiseppe Politi

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

Trailblazer Coach

Glenn Paulley

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

Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement

Brenda Willis

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

2018 Event Photos

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 https://www.coachesontario.ca/events/awards/.

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Stars of 2017

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 2017 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards:

Grassroots Coach

Victoria Lee

Synchronized Swimming ● Toronto, ON

“I am confident our daughters will become synchro coaches to young athletes and this is because of the role model and leader Victoria has been.” – Parent

Grassroots Coach

Darryl Bricknell

Hockey ● Toronto, ON

“Because of coach Darryl and his demeanour, my son still enjoys playing hockey even if he is not the best player on the team.” – Parent

School Sport Coach

Laurie Baulcomb

School Sports ● Cambridge, ON

“Laurie’s coaching influence has left a permanent impression in me as I aspire to  be the quality of a coach she is.”  – Co-worker

School Sport Coach

Denis Gauthier

School Sports ● Sudbury, ON

Denis’s style is one of active learning, team building, respect, discipline and always encourages his players…” – Parent

Good to Great Coach

Jill Perry

Boxing ● Ottawa, ON

“She is always willing to put others before herself while doing whatever it takes…”Athlete

Good to Great Coach

Bradley Brennan

Rowing ● Kingston, ON

“I owe my entire sculling success to Brad. He goes above and beyond on all fronts and is the best coach…” – Athlete

Everyone Matters Coach

Colleen Didur

Canoe/Kayak ● Toronto, ON

“I continue to be amazed at the energy and vitality she offers to ensure the success of the program and more importantly of the athletes.” – Parent

Everyone Matters Coach

Pat Pembleton

Lacrosse ● Fort Erie, ON

“His support doesn’t speak to gender, it speaks to the potential in any individual willing to come out to practice and play.” – Athlete

Trailblazer Coach Award

Justin Shattraw & Mykal Travis

Football ● Petawawa, ON

“Justin & Myke are always thinking of ways to improve and make a difference in our league. These kids come back and beg for these guys to coach them again.” – Parent

2017 Event Photos

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 https://www.coachesontario.ca/events/awards/.

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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:

Grassroots Coach

Colleen Rasmussen-Taylor

Synchronized Swimming ● Toronto, ON

“I am confident our daughters will become synchro coaches to young athletes and this is because of the role model and leader Victoria has been.” – Parent

Grassroots Coach

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

School Sport Coach

Jo-Ann 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

School Sport Coach

Ken McDonald

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

Good to Great Coach

Laura McPhie

Swimming ● Guelph, ON

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

Good to Great Coach

Terry Radchenko & Ross Ristuccia

Athletics ● Toronto, ON

“A good coach trains the athlete. A great coach trains the person. A good change in your athletic career. A great coach changes your life. I know what it is like to work with a great coach…” – Athlete

Everyone Matters Coach

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

Aboriginal Coach Impact

Kevin Sandy

Lacrosse ● Ohsweken, ON

“I’ve witnessed Kevin prove that lacrosse is more than winning; instead it about brings people and families closer together to encourage children and players of all ages to play their best and have fun.” –  Parent

Trailblazer Coach

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

Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement

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/events/awards.

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Stars of 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards:

Grassroots Coach

Heather McTavish Taylor

Ringette ● Mississauga, ON

Grassroots Coach

Robert Sondermeyer

Soccer & Hockey ● North York, ON

School Sport Coach

Darlene Denniss

School Sports ● St. Thomas, ON

School Sport Coach

Mark Lewis

School Sports ● Iroquois Falls, ON

Good to Great Coach

Luda Zakharenko

Diving ● London, ON

Good to Great Coach

Mark Yanchus

Rugby ● Guelph, ON

Everyone Matters Coach

Gerry Benoit

Basketball ● Douglas, ON

Trailblazer Award

Stacey Ditchfield

Soccer ● Toronto, ON

Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement

Ernie Overland

Speed Skating ● Cambridge, ON

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 https://www.coachesontario.ca/events/awards/.

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Stars of 2014

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards:

Grassroots Coach

Melissa Last

Synchronized Swimming ● Toronto, ON

Grassroots Coach

Craig Stead

Soccer ● Ottawa, ON

School Sport Coach

Leslie Lawlor

School Sports ● Sydenham, ON

School Sport Coach

Ken VanderZwaag

School Sports ● Breslau, ON

Ken passed away shortly after being nominated for this award.

Good to Great Coach

Jennifer McMillan

Goalball ● Central, ON

Good to Great Coach

Mark Matheson

Softball ● Palmerston, ON

Everyone Matters Coach

Janet White

Para Track ● Durham, ON

Trailblazer Award

Kurt Tempelmans Plat

Badminton ● North Bay, ON

Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement

Rico Mancini

Boxing ● Toronto, ON

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 https://www.coachesontario.ca/events/awards/.

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Stars of 2013

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards:

Grassroots Coach

Allie Lewis

Para-Dressage ● Ashburn, ON

Grassroots Coach

Gus Badali

Ten Pin Bowling ● Kingston, ON

Good to Great Coach

Marilyn Suke

Cross-country Skiing ● Owen Sound, ON

Good to Great Coach

Rob Good

Cycling ● London, ON

Everyone Matters Coach

Kyle Jeffery

Canoe/Kayak ● Mississauga, ON

Trailblazer

Suren Torosyants

Acrobatic Gymnastics ● Mississauga, ON

Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement

Henry Brunton

Golf ● Stouffville, ON

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 https://www.coachesontario.ca/events/awards/.

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Stars of 2012

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards:

Grassroots Coach

Sandra Dulac

Fencing ● Hamilton, ON

Grassroots Coach

Chris Innes

Curling ● Ottawa, ON

School Sport Coach

Sheila Siermachesky

School Sports ● Timiskaming, ON

School Sport Coach

Bruce Dyce

School Sports ● Port Credit, ON

Good to Great Coach

Debbie Boycott

Gymnastics ● Oakville, ON

Good to Great Coach

Mike Thompson

Swimming ● Halton, ON

Everyone Matters Coach

David Stickland

Special Olympics Soccer ● London, ON

Trailblazer

Miranda Jollymore Kamal

Boxing ● Toronto, ON

Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement

John Louis Mendonca

Field Hockey ● Toronto, ON

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 https://www.coachesontario.ca/events/awards/.

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Stars of 2011

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards:

Grassroots Coach

Savoy Howe

Boxing ● Toronto, ON

Grassroots Coach

Brian Gallant

Golf ● London, ON

School Sport Coach

Jackie Trudeau

School Sports ● London, ON

School Sport Coach

Marc Sauve

School Sports ● Alexandria, ON

High-Performance Category

Dasa Lelli

Rhythmic Gymnastics ● Kanata, ON

High-Performance Category

Ken Hall

Wheelchair Athletics ● Brampton, ON

Development Category

Kirsten Femson

Swimming ● Pickering, ON

Development Category

Master Edward Fong

Taekwondo ● Richmond Hill, ON

Investor’s Group Volunteer Sport Administrator Award

Todd Sargeant

Sledge Hockey ● London, ON

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 https://www.coachesontario.ca/events/awards/.