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CANADA’S COACHING STARS ARE CELEBRATED AT THE PETRO-CANADA SPORT LEADERSHIP AWARDS GALA

November 13, 2015

Winnipeg (November 13, 2015) – The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) is pleased to announce the names of the 62 coaches honoured with a 2015 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award. These prestigious awards recognize coaches whose athletes have excelled at world championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games, and at the Special Olympics World Games. The awards were handed out at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala Friday night at the Delta Winnipeg hotel.

Hosted by the CAC, the gala recognizes Canada’s most dedicated, inspiring, and successful coaches. Annually, award recipients are honoured for exemplifying the values and competencies of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and for their influence in positively shaping the Canadian sport community. The event was emceed by multi-Paralympic Games medalists Elisabeth Walker-Young and Stephanie Dixon, respectively Chef de Mission and Assistant Chef de Mission at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games.

“The CAC is proud to recognize these coaches for their passion and dedication to sport and for making a positive impact on athletes and communities across Canada,” said Lorraine Lafrenière, CEO of the CAC. “The Year of Sport has been a great year for Canada and tonight was an opportunity to celebrate their contributions to these successes, both on and off the field of play. I am proud to congratulate all of our 2015 award recipients,” she continued.

“It is the hard work of Canadian coaches that help fuel our athletes’ dreams. Congratulations to each recipient,” said Marc Goodman, director, loyalty and strategic partnerships, Suncor. “We are delighted to celebrate their dedication to the athletes and sport.”

The 62 deserving coaches are:

ALBERTA
Matthias Ahrens, ChPC: Biathlon
Athlete: Nathan Smith

Cameron Jennings: Cycling
Athlete: Ross Wilson

Robin McKeever, ChPC: Para-Nordic
Athlete: Brian McKeever

Mark Wild, ChPC: Speed Skating
Athlete: Ivanie Blondin

Kelly Zackodnik: Special Olympics – Athletics
Athletes: Robert Burns, Stéphane Daguerre, Maxime Duguay, Gabriel Dupuy, Sylvain Forest, Jeneka Greif, Lindsay Kinnear, Ryan Kneisz, Olivier Lizotte, Lisa Manzardo, Padraig McIntyre, Michael Palitti, Catherine Partlow, Jennifer Riddell, Kathryn Saunders, Marianne Scharf, Catherine Smith, Peter Snider, Audrey Vincent

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Randy Bennett, ChPC: Swimming
Athlete: Ryan Cochrane

Dona Cade: Special Olympics – Bocce
Athletes: Margaret Burnell, Chad Conlon, Kevin Ellis, Lynden Hicks, Ben Willms

Deborah Carter: Special Olympics – Athletics
Athletes: Robert Burns, Stéphane Daguerre, Maxime Duguay, Gabriel Dupuy, Sylvain Forest, Jeneka Greif, Lindsay Kinnear, Ryan Kneisz, Olivier Lizotte, Lisa Manzardo, Padraig McIntyre, Michael Palitti, Catherine Partlow, Jennifer Riddell, Kathryn Saunders, Marianne Scharf, Catherine Smith, Peter Snider, Audrey Vincent

Gerald Dragomir, ChPC: Athletics
Athlete: Benjamin Thorne

Tom Johnson, ChPC: Swimming
Athlete: Emily Overholt

Rob Kober, ChPC: Freestyle Ski
Athlete: Mikaël Kingsbury

Lorena Mead: Special Olympics – Softball
Athletes: Karl Anderson, James Blacke, Ryan Courtemanche, Richard Gillis, Chris Harrington, Brad Hogan, Jim Laitar, Jonathan MacDonald, Jake MacFarlane, Andrew McIntyre, Dale Ramsden, Chris Roberge, David Scott, Danny Sperling, Carl Willing

Aleila Miller: Special Olympics – Athletics
Athletes: Robert Burns, Stéphane Daguerre, Maxime Duguay, Gabriel Dupuy, Sylvain Forest, Jeneka Greif, Lindsay Kinnear, Ryan Kneisz, Olivier Lizotte, Lisa Manzardo, Padraig McIntyre, Michael Palitti, Catherine Partlow, Jennifer Riddell, Kathryn Saunders, Marianne Scharf, Catherine Smith, Peter Snider, Audrey Vincent

Tom Norton: Special Olympics – Athletics
Athletes: Robert Burns, Stéphane Daguerre, Maxime Duguay, Gabriel Dupuy, Sylvain Forest, Jeneka Greif, Lindsay Kinnear, Ryan Kneisz, Olivier Lizotte, Lisa Manzardo, Padraig McIntyre, Michael Palitti, Catherine Partlow, Jennifer Riddell, Kathryn Saunders, Marianne Scharf, Catherine Smith, Peter Snider, Audrey Vincent

Ian Olive: Special Olympics – Softball
Athletes: Karl Anderson, James Blacke, Ryan Courtemanche, Richard Gillis, Chris Harrington, Brad Hogan, Jim Laitar, Jonathan MacDonald, Jake MacFarlane, Andrew McIntyre, Dale Ramsden, Chris Roberge, David Scott, Danny Sperling, Carl Willing

Trennon Paynter, ChPC: Freestyle Ski
Athlete: Cassie Sharpe

Jim Pollock, ChPC: Alpine Ski
Athletes: Candace Crawford and Erin Mielzynski

John Stuart: Softball
Athletes: Canadian Men’s National Softball Team

MANITOBA
Aaron Dziver, ChPC: Diving
Athletes: Pamela Ware, Jennifer Abel, Francois Imbeau-Dulac

NOVA SCOTIA
Ross MacIntosh: Special Olympics – Powerlifting
Athletes: Jackie Barrett, Joanne Bunnin, André Goulet, Paul Perreault

ONTARIO
Jason Agnew: Special Olympics – Athletics
Athletes: Robert Burns, Stéphane Daguerre, Maxime Duguay, Gabriel Dupuy, Sylvain Forest, Jeneka Greif, Lindsay Kinnear, Ryan Kneisz, Olivier Lizotte, Lisa Manzardo, Padraig McIntyre, Michael Palitti, Catherine Partlow, Jennifer Riddell, Kathryn Saunders, Marianne Scharf, Catherine Smith, Peter Snider, Audrey Vincent

Debbie Boycott: Special Olympics – Rhythmic Gymnastics
Athletes: Emily Boycott, Christina Judd-Campbell, Celine Labrecque, Kimana Mar, Ashley Wilwand

Derrick Campbell, ChPC: Speed Skating
Athlete: Charles Hamelin

Elliot Catton: Snowboarding
Athlete: Darcy Sharpe

Victoria Croley, ChPC: Athletics
Athlete: Damian Warner

Dennis Fairall, ChPC: Athletics
Athlete: Melissa Bishop

Claudette Faubert: Special Olympics – Athletics
Athletes: Robert Burns, Stéphane Daguerre, Maxime Duguay, Gabriel Dupuy, Sylvain Forest, Jeneka Greif, Lindsay Kinnear, Ryan Kneisz, Olivier Lizotte, Lisa Manzardo, Padraig McIntyre, Michael Palitti, Catherine Partlow, Jennifer Riddell, Kathryn Saunders, Marianne Scharf, Catherine Smith, Peter Snider, Audrey Vincent

Margaret French: Special Olympics – Bowling
Athletes: Steven Beaucage, Jessica Castronovo, Annabelle Davis, Jake Huff, Douglas Hutt, Toufic Irani, Aaron Johnson, Austin Johnston, Olivier Martel, Jordan Miner, Ashleigh Pagnotta, Linda Renner, Danny Ristic, Jenna Smith, Karalyn Summer, Carlos Villafuerte

Glenroy Gilbert, ChPC: Athletics
Athletes: Aaron Brown, Andre De Grasse, Brendon Rodney, Justyn Warner

Nicola McGovern: Special Olympics – Golf
Athletes: Kyle Grummett, Kyle Koopman, Danny Peaslee, Lorinne Russell, Tess Trojan

Wendy Morgan, ChPC: Curling
Athletes: Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen, Jennifer Clark-Rouire

Earle Morris: Curling
Athletes: Pat Simmons, John Morris, Carter Rycroft, Nolan Thiessen, Thomas Sallows

Rebecca Norton: Special Olympics – Bowling
Athletes: Steven Beaucage, Jessica Castronovo, Annabelle Davis, Jake Huff, Douglas Hutt, Toufic Irani, Aaron Johnson, Austin Johnston, Olivier Martel, Jordan Miner, Ashleigh Pagnotta, Linda Renner, Danny Ristic, Jenna Smith, Karalyn Summer, Carlos Villafuerte

Steve Omischl: Freestyle Ski
Athletes: Mikaël Kingsbury, Philippe Marquis, Marc-Antoine Gagnon

David Ross, ChPC: Gymnastics
Athletes: Rosannagh MacLennan and Samantha Sendel

Anne Schelter: Figure Skating
Athletes: Senior Level Team – Nexxice

Shelley Simonton-Barnett: Figure Skating
Athletes: Senior Level Team – Nexxice

David White: Para-Alpine
Athlete: Matt Hallat

QUEBEC
Louis Bouchard, ChPC: Cross-Country Skiing
Athlete: Alex Harvey

Serge Dugas: Alpine Ski
Athlete: Dustin Cook

Richard Gauthier, ChPC: Figure Skating
Athletes: Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford

Nicolas Gill, ChPC: Judo
Athlete: Antoine Valois-Fortier

Mark Granger, ChPC: Canoe/Kayak
Athlete: Émilie Fournel

Michel Hamelin, ChPC: Freestyle Ski
Athlete: Justine Dufour-Lapointe

Mario Inkel: Special Olympics – Bowling
Athletes: Steven Beaucage, Jessica Castronovo, Annabelle Davis, Jake Huff, Douglas Hutt, Toufic Irani, Aaron Johnson, Austin Johnston, Olivier Martel, Jordan Miner, Ashleigh Pagnotta, Linda Renner, Danny Ristic, Jenna Smith, Karalyn Summer, Carlos Villafuerte

Gregor Jelonek: Speed Skating
Athlete: Laurent Dubreuil

Frédéric Jobin, ChPC: Canoe/Kayak
Athlete: Mark De Jonge

Jean-Sébastien Labrie, ChPC: Para-Alpine
Athlete: Mac Marcoux

Alain Maille: Special Olympics – Swimming
Athletes: Magnus Batara, Connor Bissett, Carrie Dignan, Mark Epelon, Valérie Gagnon-Paradis, Eleanor Hobbs, Matthew Hunter, April Lam, Mary Jean Lawson, Julia Longo, Josh Low, Meagan Michie, Elliott Moskowy, Avery Newton, Andrew Perez, Michael Qing, Valmar Quitich, Amanda Schleppe, Lexie Senior, Bill Smith, David Tatta, Kelsey Wyse

Ryan Mallette: Swimming
Athlete: Ryan Cochrane

Bruno Marcotte: Figure Skating
Athletes: Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford

Sven Pouliot, ChPC: Para-Alpine
Athlete: Mac Marcoux

Tyrel Rose, ChPC: Tenpin
Athlete: Dan MacLelland

Vincent Sigouin: Freestyle Ski
Athlete: Justine Dufour-Lapointe

Eric van den Eynde, ChPC: Cycling
Athlete: Shelley Gautier

SASKATCHEWAN
Todd McLellan: Hockey
Athletes: Canadian Men’s National Hockey Team

Jackie Powell: Special Olympics – Swimming
Athletes: Magnus Batara, Connor Bissett, Carrie Dignan, Mark Epelon, Valérie Gagnon-Paradis, Eleanor Hobbs, Matthew Hunter, April Lam, Mary Jean Lawson, Julia Longo, Josh Low, Meagan Michie, Elliott Moskowy, Avery Newton, Andrew Perez, Michael Qing, Valmar Quitich, Amanda Schleppe, Lexie Senior, Bill Smith, David Tatta, Kelsey Wyse

CHINA
Yihua Li, ChPC: Diving
Athletes: Jennifer Abel, Francois Imbeau-Dulac

CUBA
Arturo Miranda, ChPC: Diving
Athletes: Roseline Filion, Meaghan Benfeito, Jennifer Abel, Francois Imbeau-Dulac

EUROPE
Bart Schouten, ChPC: Speed Skating
Athlete: Denny Morrison

Ben Titley, ChPC: Swimming
Athletes: Santo Condorelli, Yuri Kisil, Chantal van Landeghem, Sandrine Mainville

UNITED STATES
Jeff Huntoon, ChPC: Athletics
Athlete: Derek Drouin

More information on these deserving winners will be posted to www.coach.ca following the event here: Programs>>Awards & Recognition.

About the Coaching Association of Canada
The Coaching Association of Canada unites stakeholders and partners in its commitment to raising the skills and stature of coaches, and ultimately expanding their reach and influence. Through its programs, the CAC empowers coaches with knowledge and skills, promotes ethics, fosters positive attitudes, builds competence, and increases the credibility and recognition of coaches. For more information, please visit www.coach.ca.

About Suncor
Suncor is Canada’s leading integrated energy company. Suncor’s operations include oil sands development and upgrading, conventional and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. A member of Dow Jones Sustainability indexes, FTSE4Good and CDP, Suncor is working to responsibly develop petroleum resources while also growing a renewable energy portfolio. Suncor is listed on the UN Global Compact 100 stock index and the Corporate Knights’ Global 100. Suncor’s common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.

Petro-Canada Retail and Wholesale:
Petro-Canada, a Suncor business, operates more than 1,450 retail stations and 250 Petro-Pass wholesale locations nationwide. Petro-Canada’s retail loyalty program, Petro-PointsTM, provides Canadians with the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards. Petro-Canada is proud to be a National Partner of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees, supporting Canadian athletes, coaches and their families for more than 25 years. For more information, visit www.petro-canada.ca.


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