Empowering Stories from Behind the Bench article series 2022

  • February 13, 2023

2022 Empowering Stories from Behind the Bench article series:

Introducing an article series celebrating coaches from all different sports, right across the province. Veteran, multi award-winning journalist David Grossman shares their stories to inspire and show us all what is possible through the power of coaching sport in Ontario.


Craig Campbell

Soccer ● Kitchener Rangers Hockey

Craig Campbell shares his secrets for enduring coaching success. Read the Article


Christa Eniojukan

Basketball ● York Lions ● Active Scholars

Christa Eniojukan could teach a Master Class on creating inclusive sport for ALL. Read the Article


Gwen Binsfeld

Para-Alpine Ski ● Parasport Ontario

Gwen Binsfeld shares her secrets for taking athletes with a disabilities to new heights. Read the Article


Jordan MacFarlane

Basketball ● Youth Association for Academics Athletics and Character Education

Jordan McFarlane is a coach, mentor and father figure to an entire community through the power of sport. Read the Article


Patricia Howes

Fencing ● Royal Military College

National fencing coach Patricia Howes is always “en guarde” to take on a new challenge. Read the Article


Giuseppe Politi

Soccer ● Nipissing District Soccer Club

Have you ever felt you were destined to do something? Well Sudbury’s Giuseppe Politi was destined to be a coach, ever since he was 12 years old… Read the Article


Gabbi Whitlock

Triathlon ● Balance Point Triathlon Club

Gabbi Whitlock reveals what it takes to be selected as a Canada Games Apprentice Coach. Read the Article


Al Staats

Baseball ● Aboriginal Apprentice Coach 2021 Canada Games

Al Staats shows how being a parent-coach can take you places you may have never imagined… like Canada Games! Read the Article


Spencer Robinson

Rugby ● TIRF Rugby

How can sport help remove barriers for inner city youth? Just ask rugby coach Spencer Robinson. Read the Article


Meagan Wilson

Rugby ● Iroquois Roots Rugby

Meagan Wilson took an injury and turned it into an opportunity… to coach! Find out how her dedication to sport leadership changed her life. Read the Article


Nabil Tadros

Tennis and Basketball ● University of Toronto

Local tennis coach Nabil Tadros serves up the priceless value of mentorship. Read the Article