Richmond, BC (November 4, 2016) – Canada’s coaches and sport administrators will be honoured tonight at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala, hosted by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.

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.

“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,” says Lorraine Lafrenière, CEO of the CAC. “These coaches are so passionate about their work and are dedicated to positively impacting athletes in all aspects of their life. After such a tremendous performance by Team Canada at the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, I am so proud to congratulate all of our 2016 Award Winners.

Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards
Paralympic sailing coaches Ken Dool and Steve McBride are being honoured with the Petro Canada coaching excellence award for their coaching contributions with Paralympic silver medalists John McRoberts, Jackie Gay, and bronze medalists Paul Tingley, Scott Lutes, Logan Campbell.

These prestigious awards recognize coaches whose athletes have excelled at World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the Special Olympics World Games. Petro-Canada, a Suncor business, has been a key supporter of Canadian coaches and the Coaching Association of Canada through its many programs since 1999.

The dedication and support of Canadian coaches is critical to fuelling our athletes’ dreams. Congratulations to each recipient,” said Deborah Gullaher, vice president, sales and marketing, Suncor. “We are excited to celebrate this evening their dedication to the athletes and sport.”

Full story and list of award recipients HERE.


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, follow @CAC_ACE, or like us on Facebook.

About Sail Canada
Established in 1931, Sail Canada (formerly known as the Canadian Yachting Association) is the national governing body for the sport of sailing. The Association promotes sailing in all its forms including yachting through collaboration with our partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations, member clubs, schools, and many individual stakeholders., follow @SailCanada.

For more information:
Michel Hachey
Manager, Communications
Coaching Association of Canada
613-235-5000, ext. 2382
613-858-0242 (Nov. 3-5)

Colleen Coderre
Manager, Communications
Sail Canada
613-545-3044 ext. 106