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Outstanding Canadian Coaches Receive Recognition – Proulx and Van den Eynde Honoured

release by the Coaching Association of Canada

November 08, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) – The Coaching Association of Canada is pleased to announce the names of the 50 coaches honoured with a Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award for 2014. These prestigious awards recognize coaches whose athletes have excelled at world championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games, and at the Special Olympics World Games.

“Every year, the Coaching Association of Canada is proud to recognize coaches and coach developers for the positive impact they have on sport in Canada,” stated Lorraine Lafrenière, CEO of the CAC. “These coaches demonstrate the values and core competencies of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), and the positive impact that a coach’s passion, and dedication to the profession can have on an athlete in all aspects of their life. I’m proud to congratulate all of our 2014 Award Winners.”

“It is the hard work and dedication of Canadian coaches that helps in fuelling our athletes’ dreams on their way to the podium,” said Deborah Gullaher, Vice-President of Marketing, Suncor. “We are proud to celebrate your commitment, both to the athletes and to your sport. Congratulations to each of you.”

The 50 deserving coaches are:


Felix Belczyk: Ski Cross
Athletes: Kelsey Serwa, Marielle Thompson
Jonathon Cavar: Speed Skating
Athletes: Marie-Eve Drolet, Jessica Hewitt, Valerie St-Gelais, Marianne St-Gelais
Robin McKeever: Para-Nordic Skiing
Athletes: Brian McKeever, Chris Klebl
Willy Raine: Ski Cross
Athletes: Kelsey Serwa, Marielle Thompson
Martin Rufener: Alpine Ski
Athlete: Jan Hudec
Toben Sutherland: Freestyle Ski
Athlete: Kim Lamarre
Ravi Walia: Figure Skating
Athlete: Kaetlyn Osmond


Lasse Ericksson: Para-Alpine
Athlete: Caleb Brousseau
Rob Kober: Freestyle Ski
Athlete: Mikael Kingsbury
Joanne McLeod: Figure Skating
Athlete: Kevin Reynolds
Steve Omischl: Freestyle Ski
Athletes: Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, Alex Bilodeau, Mikael Kingsbury
Trennon Paynter: Freestyle Ski
Athlete: Michael Riddle
Dan Proulx: Cycling
Athlete: Catharine Pendrel
Joe Rea: Curling
Athletes: Jim Armstrong, Dennis Thiessen, Ina Forrest, Sonja Gaudet, Mark Ideson
Andrea Taylor: Para-Equestrian
Athlete: Lauren Barwick


Janet Arnott: Curling
Athletes: Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Dawn McEwen, Jill Officer
Derek Ingram: Golf
Athletes: Men’s Golf Team
Bill Johnson: Wheelchair Basketball
Athletes: Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team


Tom Coulterman: Curling
Athletes: Ryan Fry, Eric Harnden, Ryan Harnden, Brad Jacobs
Ken Dool: Para-Sailing
Athletes: Paul Tingley, Scott Lutes, Logan Campbell
John Keogh: Rowing
Athletes: Cristy Nurse, Lisa Roman, Roseanne Deboef, Natalie Mastracci, Susanne Grainger, Christine Roper, Ashley Brzozowicz, Lauren Wilkinson, Lesley Thompson- Willie, Lindsay Jennerich, Patricia Obee
Earle Morris: Curling
Athletes: Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk, Stephanie LeDrew, Lisa Weagle
Tristan Mullally: Golf
Athletes: Women’s Golf Team
Sue Swaine: Racquetball
Athlete: Mike Green
Kris Wirtz: Figure Skating
Athletes: Kirsten Moore-Towers, Dylan Moscovitch
Shelley Simonton-Barnett: Figure Skating-Synchro
Athletes: Senior Level Team – Nexxice
Anne Schelter: Figure Skating-Synchro
Athletes: Senior Level Team – Nexxice


Frédéric Blackburn: Speed Skating – Short Track
Athletes: Marie-Ève Drolet, Jessica Hewitt, Valérie Maltais, Marianne St-Gelais
Derrick Campbell: Speed Skating – Short Track
Athletes: Charles Hamelin
Marc Creamer: Canoe/Kayak
Athlete: Christine Gauthier
JF Cusson: Freestyle Ski
Athlete: Dara Howell
Michel Gagnon: Racquetball
Athlete: Vincent Gagnon
Richard Gauthier: Figure Skating
Athlete: Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford
Nicolas Gill: Judo
Athlete: Antoine Valois-Fortier
Mark Granger: Canoe/Kayak
Athlete: Christine Gauthier
Michel Hamelin: Freestyle Ski
Athlete: Alex Bilodeau
Jocelyn Huot: Para-Alpine
Athlete: Kimberley Joines
Fred Jobin: Canoe/Kayak
Athlete: Mark de Jonge
Jean-Sébastien Labrie: Para-Alpine
Athletes: Josh Dueck, Mac Marcoux
Bruno Marcotte: Figure Skating
Athlete: Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford
Marc-André Moreau: Freestyle Ski
Athlete: Justine Dufour-Lapointe
Mathieu Pelletier: Canoe/Kayak
Athlete: Laurence Vincent-Lapointe
Sven Pouliot: Para-Alpine
Athlete: Chris Williamson
Jean-Paul Richard: Freestyle Ski
Athlete: Chloé Dufour-Lapointe
Eric Van den Eynde: Para-Cycling
Athletes: Marie-Eve Croteau, Shelley Gauthier


Mike Babcock: Hockey
Athletes: Men’s Team
Adam Burwell: Snowboarding
Athlete: Mark McMorris
Kaspar Wirz: Para-Nordic
Athlete: Mark Arendz


Kevin Orr: Wheelchair Rugby
Athletes: Wheelchair Rugby Team
Marina Zoueva: Figure Skating
Athletes: Scott Moir, Tessa Virtue

The Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards were awarded at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala, which took place in Ottawa on Friday, November 7, 2014.

Photos and video vignettes will be available after the event here: http://coach.ca/-p156822

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. Visit www.coach.ca for more information about coach education, training, and support.

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 Knight’s 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-Points 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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