Coach/Instructor of the Year Award Past Winners

This award was established in 1998 to recognize an instructor/coach who has contributed to the advancement of sailing. In 2013, this award was split into separate categories; Coach of the Year and Instructor of the Year.

 

Coach of the Year Award

This award recognizes Sail Canada coaches that work with sailors that race. To be eligible for this award, coaches must be working for a Sail Canada member club or Sail Canada member athletes. Coaches should be Sail Canada certified and registered however exceptions may be made in special circumstances.

The coach of the year award is presented annually to a coach who demonstrates outstanding coaching skills and contributes to sporting excellence by offering a healthy attitude towards winning, enjoying sport and effective training.

This person must demonstrate and reinforce spirit of sport values to hers/his athletes as measured by a respect for the game, a love of sport, a respect for others and a commitment to fair and ethical sport.

– The Coach of the Year should have made a significant impact on athletes’ performances at competitions.
– Honest, sincere and honourable in their relationships with athletes, respect for the sport, race management and jury.
– A high degree of self-awareness and the ability to reflect critically on how their perspectives influence their interactions with others.
– Supporting consideration may be given for the following contributions in the field of coaching:

•    A distinguished career as a coach
•    Promotion of character development and ethical sport
•    Developing high functioning athletes who also display excellence in other fields like citizenship, scholastics, art, etc.
•    Education or mentoring other coaches
•    Development of coaching materials like books, videos, etc.
•    Pioneering new training or competition methods

2021 Vaughn Harrison
2020 Violet Stafford
2019 Erik Vanderpol
2018 Chris Hewson
2017 Brigitte Smutny
2016 Stephen McBride
2015 Mike Milner
2014 Kevin Black
2013 Rob Frost

Instructor of the Year

This award recognizes Sail Canada instructors focused on sailing skills and instruction. To be eligible for this award, instructors must be Sail Canada Certified and registered and working for a Sail Canada member club or school.

The Instructor of the Year should have made a significant impact and accepted the challenge to improve the level of sailing at their club/school. Honest, sincere and honourable in their relationships with sailors as well as improving their own teaching and the training and mentoring of new instructors.

Instructors should have a high degree of self-awareness and the ability to reflect critically on the information exchange between them and the sailors and how their perspectives influence their interactions with others.
1. Demonstrate excellent on water teaching and communication skills
2. Be respectful, fair and equitable
3. Encourage pride in the sport
4. Participation in clinics, workshops, sailing camps and regattas
5. Perform above and beyond the requirements of an instructor

2021 Mansell Styles
2020 Hannah Stevens
2019 Braden Gray
2018 Pierre-Alexandre Doyon
2017 Devin Rubadeau
2016 Becky Power
2015 Kristine Williams
2014 Matthew Morash
2013 Jenn Greirson

 

Award winners previous to 2013

2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
Agustin Ferrario
Murray McCullough
Robert Douglas
Lennie Liscio
Steve McBride
Kevin Eames
Sarah Urquhart
Cam Watt
Lee Simms
Kimberley Case
Anton Mihic
Tommy Wharton
Wes Smith
Krzysztof Machnowski

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