We are pleased to announce this years 2010 Coaches BC Coach of the Year Award winners. This year we had a total of three winners in three distinct categories. Winners will receive their award during the upcoming 5th Annual BC Coaches Week. Thanks to all of you who submitted nominations. We received a record number of nominations making it very hard for us to select this years winners!
Here is a little bit about each of the winners...
Category 1: Recreational/Grassroots
Chris Fuoco: (Vancouver)
Chris Fuoco started the John Oliver Wrestling program 7 years ago. His contribution to the sport of wrestling has been immeasurable. He has continuously devoting time and resources to make wrestling available to all. Chris organizes interactive wrestling demonstrations for those with disbilities, to those from all socio-economic backrounds. Athletes have emerged for under the radar and begun competing at their full potential. By the 7th year of the program athletes have competed and placed at a the provincal and national level. It is clear that Cris Fuoco works hard to develop the team as much as developing the lives of the athletes. They have excelled in competitions, but most importantly in the classroom environmnet.
Category 2: Regional/Provincial
Jim Babcock: (Surrey)
Jim Babcock first began coaching hockey and 5 years ago made the transition to sledge hockey coach. In that time he has developed players playing at the club level all the way to a national level, essentially raising the level of individual players and the overall calibre of each team. Jim's passion for sledge hockey is endless and it is his meticulour attention to detail that sets him apart. Based on his commitment to the sport and what he has done for the development of sledge hockey in British Columbia, this past season Jim was invited to assist with coaching the Canadian Development Team.
Peter Lawless: (Victoria)
Peter has long been n active coach but began coaching wheelchair athletics in 1998. He is one of a handful of coaches in Canada to be certified at his level for wheelchair athletics and holds the progessional designation as a chartered progessional coach (ChPC). Since embarcing wheelchair athletics Peter's athletes have developed from the grassroots level through to international competition, with many sucessfully placing on the international circuit. Not only does Peter take an active role in supporting his athletes, he has also played a large part in supporting coaching and sport as a whole in British Columbia and Canada. Peter currently or has held positions on the Board of Director of Coaches of Canada, the Coaches Association of British Columbia, the Pacific Insititue of Sports Excellence Society, and the Disabled Sailling Associaition of BC.
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