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March 22/04 3:46 am - Ontario Coaching Awards, Hailey Race, Fraser for Redlands, Dunlap

Posted by Editor on 03/22/04

2004 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards

The CAO Coaching Excellence Awards for 2004 recognize outstanding coaches and their contributions to both their sport and athletes in Ontario. The selection of recipients will be based on their unique contribution to sport through coaching.

"Coaching should be about the service and intrinsic rewards, however, recognition from your peers is nice and in this sense the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards are a great honour", says Al Morrow, Canadian National Team - Women's Rowing coach.

These awards do not reflect the accomplishments of a coach in any one-year; rather the awards are designed to recognize the contributions of a coach has made over a period of years.

The CAO has developed six categories of awards. These categories refer to the type of athlete the coach is primarily responsible for, with the exception of the School Sport category which refers to a coach who is a paid employee of the school. In each category both male and female coaches will be recognized.

Recreational / Grass Roots Athletes (Male / Female)

These are coaches who coach grass roots and recreational athletes of any age. The coaching environment at this level is primarily non-competitive and the emphasis is on skill development, participation and fun
Developmental Athletes (Male / Female)

The coaches at this level are responsible for athletes who are developing competitive skills as well as preparing athletes for competition at higher levels (i.e. regional, provincial, or Canada Games or University competition)

School Sport Athletes (Male / Female)

This award is open to the coaches who are recipients of an OFSAA Leadership in Sport Award in their respective sport. These coaches must be paid employees of an Ontario school (i.e. teacher, guidance counselor, principal) who coach as an extra curricular activity.

High Performance Athletes (Male / Female)

Coaches who are eligible for this award primarily coach athletes at the national or international level.

Coach Potato Award  *NEW!

This award is open to coaches that have made a significant contribution to getting kids off the couch and into sport, thus increasing youth participation rates.   This award contains a $1000 program donation made by the Let's Get Moving campaign to be awarded to the award recipient's program. 

Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award

These individuals have made a career out of coaching and have provided considerable leadership and mentorship to other coaches.

The Awards will be presented during the Celebration of Coaching Excellence Dinner at the   Four Points Sheraton in Kitchener, Ontario on April 16, 2004 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Selection Criteria

To be eligible for an Ontario Coaching Excellence Award, a coach must coach amateur athletes, and have a minimum of five years coaching experience in Ontario. The nominated coaches must also have consented to the nomination.

A committee comprised of individuals from the Coaches Association of Ontario, the government, from the NCI-Ontario, and OFSAA will select the 2004 Coaching Excellence Award recipients.

Selection will be based on the nominee’s:
A. Contribution to Sport: To what degree they have influenced the development of new coaches, evidence of program building and positive progress, sport promotion, as well as encouraging athletes to go into coaching.
B. Professional Development: Demonstrated efforts to improve skill and knowledge of sport, coaching, certification and transfer of knowledge (i.e. conducting a clinic or session) for athletes, or other coaches.
C. Coaching Effectiveness: Clear evidence of performance improvement in those athletes coached by this coach (i.e. win/loss record or athletes progressing to a higher division or level of competition, ranking improvement over years, etc.) Coaching style is proven to be ethical and fair.
D. Leadership: How does the coach demonstrate being a positive role model for their athletes. Examples where the coach has demonstrated sportsmanship, positive game behaviour, expression of admiration and respect by athletes, parents, and peers.

2004 Nomination forms are now available online (in Microsoft Word format).

Please send completed nomination forms to Tanya Witty at:
Coaches Association of Ontario
Mail:   1185 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 606 Toronto , Ontario M3C 3C6
Fax:   416-426-7254
E-mail: (all emailed nominations wil be confirmed)

Completed Nomination forms must be received by Thursday April 1, 2004, 4:00 p.m.

2004 Joe Hailey Memorial Stage Race
Courtesy Jeremy Storie

The inaugural Joe Hailey Memorial Stage Race is run in honour and recognition of long time local racer Joe Hailey, who died tragically as a result of injuries sustained in a crash during a road race in March of 2002. This stage race will be an omnium points event. Riders can enter one or all three stages but to be considered for the overall a rider must do all three stages. Road Race and Crit will cost $20 each and $15 for the TT, or $40 for all three. If you do not have a series number there is an additional $5 charge.

Saturday Mar 27 RR starts at 10:30 at normal spot near corner of 232nd St and 6th Ave.

Sunday Mar 28 Criterium Schedule will be first event at Gloucester Industrial Park as follows

8 AM startU-15 and U-1725 min raceBC JR Challenge Series Race
8:30 AM startU-1935 min raceBC JR Challenge Series Race
9:15 AM startC Group45 min race
10:15 AM startB Group60 min race
11:30 AM startA Group75 min race

TT will start at 4 PM on River Road at 256th St. with the C's followed by the B's then the A's with no break in between. It will be at 30 second intervals so if we have 100 riders the whole thing will be done in a little over an hour. Start and parking for the TT is the exact same spot as the River Road race courses. Riders will go in numerical order. For map details and other info please visit

Points will be distributed as follows:

For all stages

1st 15
2nd 12
3rd 10
4th 9
5th 8
6th 7
7th 6
8th 5
9th 4
10th 3

Prizes will be awarded as follows: Individual Stages

1st $20
2nd $15
3rd $10
Total $45 for each category for each stage


Health Net Squad for Redlands

The Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis will send a strong team built around Tour de Langkawi points classification winner Gord Fraser to the Redlands Cycling Classic (UCI 2.5), which begins Wednesday, March 24.

The squad will be comprised of:

Gord Fraser
Greg Henderson
Brice Jones
John Lieswyn
Scott Moninger
Danny Pate
Mike Sayers
Chris Wherry

"We're coming out of Pomona strong after helping Wherry to a podium placing at Pomona," notes team Directeur Sportif Jeff Corbett. "Plus, Henderson comes in after a good showing with his New Zealand team in round two of the Track World Cup in Mexico, and Brice Jones picked up his fourth win of the season over the weekend as well."

Dunlap Wins Maxxis Cup in Portugal
Courtesy USA Cycling

Gouveia, Portugal (March 22, 2004) - Alison Dunlap (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won the Maxxis Cup International on Sunday, gaining valuable UCI points in her pursuit for a spot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Mountain Bike Team.

After winning the cross country event and placing second in the short track at the 2004 NORBA National Mountain Bike Series opener in Waco, Texas last weekend, Dunlap and her Luna Chix teammate, Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colo.) made the trip to Europe to compete in a series of UCI E1 classified events in a so far successful effort to earn points.

Under USA Cycling's Olympic selection procedures, the rider with the most UCI points as of July 12, 2004 will receive an automatic nomination for the sole U.S. women's mountain bike spot in Athens. The first criteria used for selection, a top-three finish at the 2003 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, went unfulfilled.

Similar to the trails she trains on around her Colorado Springs home, the course in Gouveia, along with a lack of top international talent, provided Dunlap with a comfortable advantage heading into the event. The course began with a convoluted series of short steep climbs amongst the trees before giving way to a long road climb and a couple of "hike-a-bike" sections. More road climbing and a technical, steep descent followed.

The race was fast from the gun and Dunlap managed to escape from the rest of the group within five minutes where she remained until the finish. Vanlandingham placed second.

Dunlap continues her quest to make the Olympic team next weekend at the GP Provincia di Lucca near Pisa, Italy, another UCI E1 classified event.


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