Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards

Do you know a coach who…

  • Is committed to building an inclusive sport environment?
  • Has taken an athlete or team to an important championship?
  • Is dedicated to the safety and well-being of all participants?
  • Is simply the BEST ever?

Annually awarded to exemplary coaches across Ontario to celebrate coaches for the integral role they play with their team(s), sport and community, selected coaches are recognized during a special celebration on September 17, 2022 at the Rogers Centre!

Winning coaches will also be awarded a $500 prize reimbursement to be used on purchases for their team, club or organization, from local Ontario and Canadian businesses, proudly provided by Hydro One Inc.

Hydro One is committed to giving back to the communities where they live, work and play. Their community investment program builds safe communities across Ontario by focusing on safe play and safety training. As part of their program, Hydro One wants every child in Ontario to know how to play safely and that coaches play a big part in this work. Learn more about how Hydro One is energizing communities across Ontario at www.hydroone.com/about/sustainability/communities.

2022 Award Winners

View past winners of the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards

  • Larissa Byckalo, Mountain Volleyball Club, Burlington
  • Kevin Bomberry, Hamilton Bengals Lacrosse, Hamilton
  • Christian Hawn, Mississauga South Baseball Association, Mississauga, Hydro One Safe Play Award
  • Aga Kurpaska, Mississauga Monarchs Basketball, Mississauga
  • Ahmed Shamiya, McMaster University, Hamilton
  • Linda Tracey, Loyalist College and Vocational Institute, Kingston
  • Taryn Turnbull, Kingston Impact Basketball, Inverary
  • Shane Verbiski, St. David’s Catholic Secondary School, Petersburg, Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Award
  • John Watkins, Durham College, Oshawa Vikings Rugby Club, Oshawa, Susan Kitchen Trailblazer Award
  • Greg White, Jacob Hespeler Secondary School, Cambridge

Nominations for the 2023 Awards will open in early 2023!

View past winners of the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards

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