Ontario coaches give Hamilton a thumbs up

The Coaches Association of Ontario has chosen Hamilton as the host city to welcome coaches at its three-day conference, Feb. 22-24.

As home to North America’s oldest professional football team – the Hamilton Tiger-Cats – and bi-annual host of the longest running international multi-sport event in North America; the CANUSA Games with the Flint, Mich.; heading to Hamilton for the 2013 Ontario Coaches Conference will put delegates in a city that is passionate about sports.

“Tourism Hamilton is extremely pleased to host the 2013 Ontario Coaches Conference,” said Susan Monarch, Acting Manager of Tourism Hamilton. “Sport is incredibly important to the tourism economy and our close partnership with the Coaches Association of Ontario will ensure the City of Hamilton continues to be regarded as a leading sport destination and a place where Ontario’s high performance athletes pursue excellence.

Hamilton was one of 17 proposals received by the association to host the annual event. The majority of conference attendees typically include amateur coaches from 50 different sports, and range from those who volunteer a few days a week in their community league to full-time coaches sharing innovative program preparations for Olympic and Paralympic qualifiers.

“We are excited to be partnering with SportHamilton and Tourism Hamilton to put together a memorable conference,” says Sheilagh Croxon, Chair, Coaches Association of Ontario. “Hamilton was selected because of their strong collaborative partnerships with local sport organizations and attractive amenities that will enhance the delegate’s experience. We are confident this conference will be long remembered by all participants.”

Entering into its seventh year, the Ontario Coaches Conference combines inspirational keynote speakers, NCCP Certification Clinics, engaging networking events and a showcase of coaching related partners. The conference continues to draw more and more delegates each year since its inception, because of the values Canadian’s place on having knowledgeable coaches in all sport programs.

Visit www.coachesontario.ca/q4g for more information.

The Coaches Association of Ontario is an independent, non-profit, coach-led organization that strengthens development opportunities and provides educational resources for coaches in a variety of contexts. The CAO promotes coaching ethics and ensures the wider community recognizes the vital role of the coach in the development of sport at all levels.