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October 12/05 10:28 am - Ontario Coaching Seminar, OCA Celebration, Edmonton 'Cross Report

Posted by Editor on 10/12/05

"Coaching the Coaches" - Successful Coaching Strategies
Courtesy OCA

Whether you are working with a group of young children at the house league level or highly skilled elite competitors, coaches are always looking for ways to get the most out of their athletes. Successful coaching entails far more than winning competitions, it involves a myriad of technical and tactical skills, but most of all it involves working with people and helping them achieve their best possible performance.

Internationally acclaimed gymnastics Coach, Carol-Angela Orchard will share her expertise and experience achieving first-rate results with athletes at all levels. This session will be beneficial for community coaches, sport leaders, administrators and volunteers in all sports.

October 26
7:00 p.m. Toronto - Sports Centre at Seneca College, "Successful Coaching Strategies"

Orchard will touch on many key topics that are integral components of a top notch program; development of the total person, mental strength development, getting the best performance out of your athletes, team cohesiveness, along with other key topics.

For more information about this event please visit or contact the CAO office at or (416) 426-7086. The Session is open to coaches, athletes, volunteers, administrators and sports enthusiasts. Become a CAO member today and take advantage of discounted workshop fees - $5 for CAO members or $10 for non members.

The CAO is pleased to be partnering with Seneca College, Gymnastics Ontario and the National Coaching Institute on this coach development opportunity.

The Coaches Association of Ontario is a non-profit coach-led organization that strengthens development opportunities and provides educational resources for coaches. 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.

Come to the OCA Cycling Celebrations and Win a Cadillac!
Courtesy OCA

The OCA is pleased to announce Cadillac Bicycles as one of the sponsors for the Cycling Celebration on November 19th. Cadillac is known for their classy cars ... their bikes are just the same ... an excellent ride! All attendees as the Cycling Celebration will have a chance to win a Road Limited Edition - RLE1.8 Cadillac.

For tickets to the OCA's Cycling Celebration, please call: 416.426.7416 or visit

***As of October 11th, the event was 40% sold out.***

Blizzard Bike Club Fort St. John, BC

Oct 10th

The Blizzard's had a busy weekend at the Edmonton cyclo-cross bike races. Robin Baillie's 5th place finish in the Elite/Open class on Saturday was the club's top showing. Pat Ferris was 10th in Sunday's Sport class for his top finish.

There were 80 riders from BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan, out for Saturday's Velocity 'Cross event at Argyll Velodrome Park. The circuit was a fast 2.5 km loop covering mostly grass with bridges, gravel paths, one 'run-up at a barrier and a very steep hill to climb. Pat Ferris was racing early, with the Sport class. He came in 12th in a tough, large field.

Robin Baillie had to overcome an excellent field of Open/Elite including Alex Stieda, ex-Tour De France rider. He was an excellent 5th place despite arriving in Edmonton very late.

Sunday's Strathcona Cross also had a large, tough field of riders on a very different type of course at Strathcona Science Park. This was very technical with two run-ups, a flight of stairs and some tight turning sections.

Robin Baillie had a great start and was doing well until he suffered a flat tire and was forced to run with his bike to the pits and get a wheel change. He made it back up to 12th spot, despite the flat and a fast group of riders to be only 5 minutes back of the winner Tim Heemskerk of Holland. Ex-Blizzard Dan Wood was 14th.

Pat Ferris was 10th in the Sport class. He managed to stay close to the leaders and finished 3 minutes behind the winner.

Coming up:
-Thursday night Cyclo cross at 6:30 pm at North Peace School.
-Sunday is Beatton River Cyclo-Cross at 2 pm.
Oct 22 ˆ Annual Club Awards Banquet. Tickets at Ferris Fast Cycles


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