Swimming Canada Recognized by Coaches of Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO – Coaches of Canada announced today the recipients of its two national awards – the Jack Donohue “Coach of the Year” Award and the Sheila Robertson Award.  Both awards will be presented during the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif 2010, scheduled to take place in Ottawa, November 18-20, 2010. The Sport Leadership Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, November 19, at 6:30 pm at the Westin Ottawa.

The Sheila Robertson Award, inaugurated in 2005, is named in honour of the founding editor of Coaches Report magazine. This award recognizes a national sport organization that demonstrates a consistent approach to valuing and recognizing the role of the coach within the organization, with the media, and with the public.

This year the Sheila Robertson Award will be presented to Swimming Natation Canada (SNC). SNC has demonstrated they have an exceptional relationship with their coaching fraternity and understand the importance of a strong coach/athlete relationship to a successful team. 

“Swimming Natation Canada has b! een a leader in coaching development and support for some time and is well deserving of this award!” said Wayne Parro, ChPC, Executive Director of Coaches of Canada. “They have set the bar high for future winners of this award!”

Previous winners of the Sheila Robertson Award are Athletics Canada (2009), Skate Canada (2008, 2007), Diving Plongeon Canada (2006) and the Canadian Yachting Association (2005).

The Jack Donohue Award recognizes a coach who exemplifies the great qualities that made Jack Donohue the legendary coach he was. These qualities include honesty, integrity, a positive attitude, competitiveness, a love of the sport, and that it is about more than wins and losses. Jack taught his athletes about life, about experiences, about a passion to play for your country.

The 2010 winner of the Jack Donohue Award is Melody Davidson, ChPC, of Oyen, Alberta, Head Coach of Canada's 2010 women’s hockey team.

About Coaches of Canada 
Coaches of Canada is the national organization representing Canada’s professional coaches – with members who represent all sports, both professional and amateur. Coaches of Canada’s mandate is to advance the profession of coaching and to advance the contributions coaches make to individuals, teams, communities, and society.The Jack Donohue Award recognizes a coach who exemplifies the great qualities that made Jack Donohue the legendary coach he was. These qualities include honesty, integrity, a positive attitude, competitiveness, a love of the sport, and that it is about more than wins and losses. Jack taught his athletes about life, about experiences, about a passion to play for your country.