Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards

For twelve years, the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards program has been celebrating the dedication and commitment of exemplary individuals who inspire, innovate and share knowledge of sport with others. 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:

School Sports  ♦  Oshawa, ON
“She is a person who will always support you, care for you, and push  you  to strive for the goals you want  to succeed at.” –  Athlete

School Sports   ♦  Waterloo, ON
“Ian has made me a better coach and a better person just for having known him.” –   Coach


Rugby  ♦  Brant , ON
“Meagan is the driving force promoting rugby to Ontario’s indigenous youth.”  – Co-worker

Swimming  ♦  Brampton, ON
“Cobra is a family and I believe Ian is the glue bringing everyone together.” –  Co-worker


Rowing   ♦  St. Catharines, ON
“Kathy is more than a coach to her athletes. She becomes a friend and a mentor.” –  Athlete

Basketball  ♦  North York, ON
“On any given day and situation this man goes above and beyond his coaching duties to better the lives of his players .” – Co-worker


Curling  ♦  Waterloo, ON
“Glenn has provided me with more knowledge than any coach I have ever worked with.”                              –  Athlete

Soccer  ♦  Sudbury, ON
“Giuseppe is an inspirational role model who has revamped soccer in Sudbury.”Parent


Swimming  ♦  Scarborough, ON
“Our daughter would like to be a coach so that she is able to give others what Ryan has given to her.” – Parent

Volleyball  ♦   Kingston, ON
“She has been an outstanding mentor and encouragement for me in the pursuit of my career as a coach.” – Co-worker











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. If you couldn’t make it to the event here is a recap of what you missed!

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4th annual National Coaches Week kicks off in Ontario (September 22, 2018) at the 2018 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards, hosted by CBC Sports Brenda Irving. 

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Bottom left to bottom right – Dawn Manerowski, Female School Sport Coach Award Winner – Ian Atkinson, Male School Sport Coach Award Winner, presented by Denise Perrier, Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA).

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From top left to bottom right – Megan Wilson, Female Grassroots Coach Award Winner, presented by the Honoruable Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Sylvia Jones – Ian Roopnarine, Male Grassroots Coach Award Winner – Kathy Boyes, Female Good to Great Coach Award Winner – Jay McNeilly, Male Good to Great Coach Award Winner.

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From top left to bottom right – Glenn Paulley, Trailblazer Coach Award Winner – Giuseppe Politi, Trailblazer Coach Award Winner – Ryan Jones, Everyone Matters Coach Award Winner – Brenda Willis, Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. 

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To see all the photos from the 2018 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards click HERE.

Nominations for the 2019 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards open early 2019! Keep checking back for more details or email us at events@coachesontario.ca.