Coaches are an essential part of speed skating in every stage of development. They are the primary drivers and deliverers of programs, as well as often being the staying force within many programs.

Speed Skating coaches are primarily volunteer giving up countless hours of time in the service of their sport and community. Speed Skating Canada offers two forms of formal Coach Recognition through its annual Coaching Awards and its Coach Recognition Program.

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Clubs and Branches are encouraged to nominate coaches for these awards as well as offer their own forms of recognition.

Coaches of Canada

NCI Graduates, Level 4/5 Certified Coaches and Professional Coaches can also obtain formal recognition and professional designation by becoming members of Coaches of Canada. Coaches of Canada is the national organization that represents the profession of coaching in Canada. The organization's mandate is to advance the profession of coaching; moving toward self-regulation of the practice of coaching, and licensing the country's more than 9,000 full-time paid coaches.

The Jack Walters Award for Coach of the Year is presented to a coach who has demonstrated sustained leadership within the coaching environment, at either the grassroots or high performance level, along with meaningful, long-term involvement on the club, regional, provincial or national stages.