Sail Canada Coach of the Year - Chris Hewson

Sail Canada Coach of the Year - Chris Hewson

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 - Kingston, ON

Sail Canada is pleased to announce that Chris Hewson has been named the 2018 Sail Canada Coach of the Year.


Chris is an exceedingly dedicated coach to his athletes, and it shows through on the countless hours he spends on and off the water as well as his concern for everyone’s well-being and enjoyment. Chris first started coaching with the Ontario Sailing Team in the spring of 2012 and since then has helped numerous athletes progress from provincial success to the national and international stage. Having himself competed at the Youth Worlds Championships, he has twice been selected as a coach to the Canadian Youth Worlds Team in 2015 in Langkawi, Malaysia and in 2017 in Sanya, China.


This past season, like many before, Chris has continued to coach and support his athletes to top results, including first place finishes at local events such as CORK International, CORK OCR, and Fall CORK. He has also coached athletes to medal finishes at multiple Canada Summer Games, including two gold medals at the 2017 Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In addition, Chris has been instrumental to the success of many Youth Training Camps across North America and in leading Coaching Development Clinics across the country.


  1. How does it feel to have been selected as the recipient of Coach of the Year?
    It is truly an honour to be selected as Coach of the Year when there are so many amazing coaching across the country, it means even more to me that the nomination came from one of our athletes.
  2. You've been coaching for a while now, what would you say has been the largest contributing factor to your level of success?
    The largest factor to my success has to do with the level of support I have received from my co-coaches and mentors over the past 15 years.
  3. What is your favourite part of coaching?
    My favourite part of coaching is helping athletes on their pathway to success.
  4. If you could give one piece of advice to our Canadians coaches, what would it be?
    The advice I would give to Canadian coaches is to never stop learning, the sport is always evolving and coaches need to evolve with it. Like Kenny said "Be a student of the game"


Join us in celebrating this award on Friday, March 1st, 2019 at 6.30pm at The Carlu in Toronto, ON. Tickets are available here!




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 the sport and effective training.


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