Ireland receives Alberta Coaching Recognition Award

National Speed Skating Coach Sean Ireland received an Alberta Coaching Recognition Award for his outstanding coaching contribution.

As the sprint national coach for eight years, Ireland has trained athletes such as Jeremy Wotherspoon and Catriona Le May Doan in their pursuit of Olympic, World Cup and World Championship gold.

“The Province of Alberta presents these awards in recognition of the contributions made over a coach’s career and the success of the athletes they train,” said Orest Korbutt, chairman, Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks & Wildlife Foundation. “Ireland’s efforts have been instrumental in Canada’s success in the speed skating world.”

Based at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Ireland is a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Level 4 Coach. He is also a graduate of the National Coaches Institute (NCI). The mission of the NCI is to develop world class coaches who are capable of preparing athletes for podium performances in sport, and for life outside of sport. A National Team member for seven years, Ireland represented Canada at the 1992 and 1994 Olympics.

"Sean is one of the most accomplished and senior members of our coaching team and will be a cornerstone as we prepare for the Torino Olympic Games,” said Mark Greenwald, Director of Sport at the Olympic Oval. “He is a valued asset to our coaching staff and the athletes he trains and is very deserving of this recognition."

Ireland was one of four coaches to be recognized for their contribution. The Alberta Coaching Recognition Awards are presented every two years as part of the Alberta Sport and Recreation Leadership Summit. This year’s awards were presented on April 1.


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