After a remarkable season, eight Canadian figure skating coaches, including two from the Golden Horseshoe, have received the 2014 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence awards.
Shelley Simonton-Barnett, Burlington, and Anne Schelter, Carlisle, were recognized for the work with the Nexxice Synchronized Skating Team. The Nexxice senior team, ranked No. 4 in the world as of October, is a six-time Canadian national champion (2007–12), the first Canadian team to win the World Championships (2009), 2012–14 World silver medalists and 2007–08 World bronze medalists.
The awards were presented by the Coaching Association of Canada at the annual Sport Leadership Awards ceremony, during the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership conference in Ottawa on Friday (Nov. 7).
The Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards recognize coaches whose athletes excelled at world championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games, and at the Special Olympics World Games.
“These coaches each represent the commitment and dedication that goes into every day of training and preparing our athletes to compete at the highest level,” said Dan Thompson, CEO, Skate Canada. “Their passion for sport and for making a positive impact on the lives of their athletes is remarkable. I’d like to thank the more than 5,000 certified professional coaches across the country who inspire Canadians to skate every day, and in particular to congratulate these eight coaches who have taken their athletes to the pinnacle of our sport.”
All of the coaches honoured had Canadian athletes or teams win gold, silver or bronze on the world stage. The other figure skating coaches who received awards for their outstanding work with their athletes are:
Richard Gauthier, Montreal – Athletes: Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford.
Bruno Marcotte, Montreal – Athletes: Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford.
Joanne McLeod, Vancouver – Athlete: Kevin Reynolds.
Ravi Walia, Edmonton – Athlete: Kaetlyn Osmond.
Kris Wirtz, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario – Athletes: Kirsten Moore-Towers (St. Catharines) and Dylan Moscovitch.
Marina Zoueva, Canton, Mich., – Athletes: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.