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.
Award winners previous to 2013
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
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