November 4, 2011, ABBOTSFORD – Earlier this week Surrey Knights Swim Club Head Coach, Reg Shaw, was among those recognized at PacificSport Fraser Valley’s Annual General Meeting and Sport Recognition Awards event in Langley. The annual awards, now in its 8th year, identify and celebrate athletes, coaches, volunteers and builders who have set the bar high in terms of their achievements and contributions to sport in the Fraser Valley.
Surrey coach Reg Shaw was presented Coach of the Year. When Shaw joined the Surrey Knights Swim Club in 2009, para-swimming athletes from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island soon followed. Three of these athletes earned five Gold medals at the 2011 Para Can Am Championships in July. Known for his innovation and resourcefulness in coaching, Shaw incorporates mentoring opportunities so athletes can develop knowledge and skills beyond those developed in the pool. But the most distinctive trait coach Shaw possesses is his innate ability to spark a lasting excitement for swimming in his athletes.
“I’m pleased we can give some much-deserved recognition to these individuals who are quietly advancing the quality and level of sport in our region,” states Linda Palm, PacificSport general manager. “A guiding philosophy for PacificSport is that it ‘takes a community to build a champion’,” says Palm. “With a sport community so rich with individuals like our Recognition Award recipients, it’s not at all surprising we have such a wealth of high performance athletes, current and future champions, here in the Fraser Valley.”
PacificSport – Powering Sport Performance
The BC network of PacificSport Centres, in partnership with Canadian Sport Centre Pacific, delivers sport performance programs to help athletes and coaches win medals for Canada. Working in support of our national, provincial and regional sport partners PacificSport is creating a stronger system for the development of athletes, coaches, integrated support teams and sport performance facilities.