We are pleased to announce over 50 nominees for this year's awards... who was nominated
The Four Major Award Categories and their finalists are...read more.
Vince Leah Memorial Award
Brigitte Smutny, Sailing, Winnipeg
Dr. Jack Hunt Memorial Award
Andy Tough, Athletics, Winnipeg
Peter Williamson Memorial Award
Bill Johnson, Wheelchair Basketball, Winnipeg
Peter Dick Award
Don Thomson, Basketball, Brandon
Our 2011 Winners
(from L to R) David Ross, Lezley Sutherland, Robert Persechino, John Iwanski, Bobbie Jo Bruce (for Adrian Bruce)
and Tanya Pilat.
Vince Leah Memorial Award – Grassroots Category
As a coach for CanSkate for the past 23 years, and having successfully coached StarSkate, competitive single and ice dance for 21 years, Tanya’s contributions to skating as a coach, mentor, board member and volunteer, are impressive. With her expertise, energy and creativity, Tanya nurtures and develops her athletes, instilling respect, sportsmanship and community. Tanya’s volunteer coordination, program and recreational development; organization of centralized dance test days, and instrumental involvement in the Skate for Cheer charity program, clearly exemplify her philosophy of giving back to the community through her sport. With a willingness to share her talents, wisdom and skill with others, Tanya promotes a balance of figure skating, fun, hard work and achievement. A coach who always takes her skates with her “just in case”, Tanya reflects the commitment, passion, spirit and triumph of the professional development of figure skating.
Dr. Jack Hunt Memorial Developmental Award
With over 10 years of coaching experience, Adrian is the head coach of the Niverville Wrestling Club as well as the Provincial Coach and Head Coach for Manitoba for the upcoming Western Canada Summer Games. As president of the Manitoba Amateur Wrestling Association, Adrian has made a significant contribution to the revival of Amateur wrestling in Manitoba. Adrian has involved himself in all levels of the sport, from a Grassroots level developing camps and the growth of participation; to Coaching Development through delivering courses and travelling to remote communities to deliver intensive courses; High Performance in his role at the Provincial Team level; sport development and Promotion of Sport. Adrian’s passion, commitment, skill and determination make him a role model to admire, respect and aspire toward by not only his athletes, but also the amateur wrestling community as a whole.
Peter Williamson Memorial Award – High Performance Category
For over 30 years, Robert has been involved with gymnastics and coaching, and is currently the head coach for Panthers Gymnastics. Having coached at the World Championships, 4 Canada Games, 2 Western Canada Summer Games, 19 Canadian Championships, 17 Western Canadian Championships, and many international competitions, Robert has developed over 38 National Stream Athletes throughout his career. This is Robert’s second consecutive nomination and placing as finalist in the category of High Performance. Robert coaches his gymnasts to become well-rounded individuals, pushing them to be physically strong, mentally tough, and ready to face any challenge. Robert believes in the importance of competing, and understands how competitions build confidence, respect and appreciation. Robert’s dedication to his athletes, have not only earned him their trust, respect and appreciation, but also their friendships and admiration.
Peter Dick Award - School Systems Category
A coach at Sisler High School for over 30 years and winner of the Athletics Manitoba Coach of the Year, John is the Head Coach for Athletics in the upcoming Western Canada Summer Games. John focuses his training on technique for long-term development rather than immediate, short-term results. Demonstrating that participation and enjoyment is more important than just winning races, John has helped many athletes achieve better results by being more confident in themselves. Allowing his athletes to develop at their own pace, John has taken entry-level athletes and turned them into competitive athletes, and has taken advanced athletes and turned them into National Level athletes. John’s dedication to helping athletes foster their skill and development through positive focus, encouragement and guidance, exemplify his qualities as a successful and much-respected coach, mentor and friend.
Sport Manitoba also honoured individuals who have been coaching a minimum of 25 years in the Province as well as coaches who participated at an international event in 2010.
The Manitoba Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Council also recognized the winners of the 2010 Manitoba Aboriginal Coaching Award, Lezley Sutherland of Peguis and David Ross of God’s Narrows.