MONTREAL, Nov. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Commitee congratulates the 15 Paralympic coaches who will be honored tonight with 2011-12 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala.
These prestigious awards recognize coaches whose athletes have won gold, silver or bronze medals at World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Special Olympics World Games.
"Coaching is a great responsibility and those who succeed embrace it with passion and dedication," said Henry Storgaard, CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "Team Canada returned home from the London 2012 Paralympic Games with 31 medals, including seven gold, 15 silver and nine bronze - and this could not have been achieved without the excellence and professionalism of those being honoured here tonight. On behalf of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, congratulations!"
2012 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award winners - Paralympic
|Chris Nelson||Edmonton, AB||Para-swimming||Amber Thomas|
|Vladimir Kopecky||Kimberley, BC||Para-archery||Norbert Murphy|
|Peter Lawless||Victoria, BC||Para-athletics||Michelle Stilwell|
|Reg Shaw||Mission, BC||Para-Swimming||Nathan Stein|
|Herb Torrance||Vancouver, BC||Boccia||Marco Dispaltro, Josh Vander Vies|
|Gord Veldman||Victoria, BC||Para-swimming||Brianna Nelson|
|Reg Chappell||Newmarket, ON||Para-swimming||Summer Mortimer|
|Jerry Tonello||North York, ON||Wheelchair Basketball||Men's National Team|
|Ben Warnock||Windsor, ON||Para-athletics||Virginia McLachlan|
|Peter Carpenter||Montréal, QC||Para-swimming||Valérie Grand'Maison|
|Pierre Lamy||St-Sauveur, QC||Para-swimming||Benoit Huot|
|France Latendresse||St. Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC||Para-swimming||Aurélie Rivard|
|Sébastien Travers||Bromont, QC||Para-Cycling||Robbi Weldon|
|Eric Van den Eynde||Longueuil, QC||Para-cycling||Marie-Claude Molnar|
|Kevin Orr||Pelham, AL, USA||Wheelchair Rugby||Canadian National Team|
The Gala is hosted by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) at the Hyatt Regency Montreal.
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 46 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations.
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SOURCE CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (CPC)