The second annual National Coaches Week officially kicked off here in Ontario this past Saturday, September 17th 2016, as eleven outstanding coaches from across Ontario were recognized and celebrated at the 2016 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards.
Athletes, fans and family members eagerly lined up to see their favourite coach walk the red carpet at the sold out screening of the 2016 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards, hosted by CBC Sports Brenda Irving. As they watched their coaching story unfold on the big screen, one by one the coaches gave a heart-felt acceptance speech, thanking their families for the support to pursue their passion. View photos from the event HERE.
For ten 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. Two teacher-coaches are selected with the help of OFSAA to recognize the outstanding contributions of coaches in our schools. Congratulations to Ken McDonald and Jo-Anne Dexter!
The event also marks the start of National Coaches Week (September 17-25), a week-long celebration of the tremendous positive impact coaches have on this nations’ athletes and communities. The week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach. The evening was highlighted by the City of Toronto sign and CN Tower lighting up in red, yellow and blue in support of Ontario’s and Canada’s coaches for National Coaches Week.