Coaching Award of Excellence

The Coaching Award of Excellence is awarded to those who have made meaningful contributions to the sport of speed skating in the role of coach.

Selection Criteria

This award is intended to recognize coaching excellence within a given year and may be bestowed upon an individual based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Exceptional achievement of the coach’s athlete(s), with a strong link to the coach’s training program
  • Innovative programming or initiatives that drive athlete recruitment or retention
  • Coaching techniques that contribute to athlete development on and off the ice
  • Adapted programming and coaching techniques to keep skaters active and engaged throughout the COVID-19 pandemic 

Past Recipients

2020Guillaume Deslauriers (Que.), Tyler Williamson Derraugh (Man.) and Tania Lauren (B.C.)
2019Ryan Hickman (AB), Fanny Michaud (QC), Scott Van Horne (MB)
2018Tim Cooney (Lethbridge, AB)
2017Anne-Christine Cloutier (Amqui, QC)
2016Verna Kergan (Moose Jaw, SK)
Michael Murray (Dundas, ON)
David Simard (Saguenay, QC)
2015Ian Mellors (Canmore, AB)
Sarah Taylor (Cornwall, P.E.I.)
Miriam Verschoor (Berwick, N.B.)
2014Cameron Boyd (ON)
Val Gendron (NWT)
Elizabeth Migneron (QC)

Kelly Ball (ON)
Gregor Jelonek (QC)
Mike Rivet (QC)

2012George Donatelli (BC)
Sabrina Lapointe (QC)

Phil Byrne (PE)
Bill Gendron (MB)
Rachael Quinn (NB)

2010Frédéric Blackburn (QC)
David Gilday (NWT)
Peter Steele (NB)
2009Stan Barnett (NB)
Keith Gordon (BC)
Karen MacLaren (BC)
2008Derrick Macleod (NB)
Paula McConvey (ON)
Bette Roberts (BC)
2007John Maurice (NU)
Jack Walters (AB)
Tom and Penny Elliott (YK)
2006Annie Sarrat (QC)
Blaine Hill (AB)
Ernie Overland (ON)