Short comes up big as coaches feted

caoBeamsville resident Tammy Short is among nine extraordinary coaches from across the province who were honoured at the 2013 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards.

The Coaches Association of Ontario acknowledged the men and women, who inspire, innovate and share their knowledge of sport with others during a ceremony on Saturday (April 13) in Toronto. The CAO saluted the dedication and commitment of exemplary individuals with a series of video tributes and awards, recognizing the performance and leadership of outstanding coaches.

Short is a physical education teacher-coach at West Park Secondary School in St. Catharines. She has been coaching volleyball, softball, badminton and many additional sports at the school for 14 years. Her tribute video is available at

“Looking back at the difference-makers in our lives, it’s often a coach that comes to mind,” said Susan Kitchen, Executive Director of the CAO. “Great coaches deserve recognition, and what a great way to kick-start Ontario Coaches Week.”

The association was also thrilled to award first prize of the inaugural “MY Coach” video contest to Addy Strickland for her tribute to synchronized swim coach Deanna Sokoloski.

The 2013 Ontario Coaching Excellence Award winners were:

Gus Badali – Grass Roots Coach (Male), Ten Pin Bowling, Kingston
Allie Lewis – Grass Roots Coach (Female), Para Dressage, Ashburn
Tammy Short – School Sport Coach (Female), Beamsville
François Belle-Isle -School Sport Coach (Male), Hawkesbury
Marilyn Suke – Good-to-Great Coach (Female), Nordic Skiing, Owen Sound
Rob Good – Good-to-Great Coach (Male), Cycling, Waterloo
Suren Torosyants – Trailblazer Coach, Gymnastics, Toronto
Kyle Jeffery – Everyone Matters Coach, Canoe/Kayak, Mississauga
Henry Brunton – Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Award, Golf, Stouffville

The Coaches Association of Ontario is an independent, non-profit, coach-led organization that strengthens development opportunities and provides resources, representation and recognition for coaches in a variety of contexts. Information on the association can be found at