Blackburn & Campbell: recipients of the 2014 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards

Congratulations to Frédéric Blackburn and Derrick Campbell, head coaches of the Canadian women's and men's short track national teams, who were among the recipients of the 2014 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards.

The Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards were announced at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala, which took place in Ottawa on Friday, November 7, 2014.

These prestigious awards recognize coaches whose athletes have excelled at world championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games, and at the Special Olympics.

Congratulations also to Jonathon Cavar who until this past summer was also part of the Canadian women's short track 2014 Olympic Team coaching staff.

Derrick Campbell was honoured for Charles Hamelin’s 1500m gold medal in Sochi while Blackburn and Cavar were recognized for the women’s relay silver medal. The team included Marie-Ève Drolet, Jessica Hewitt, Valérie Maltais and Marianne St-Gelais.

Hamelin also won a gold medal in 1500m and a bronze medal in 500m at the 2014 Short Track World Championships. The women relay's team won a silver medal at the same competition.

“Every year, the Coaching Association of Canada is proud to recognize coaches and coach developers for the positive impact they have on sport in Canada,” stated Lorraine Lafrenière, CEO of the CAC. “These coaches demonstrate the values and core competencies of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), and the positive impact that a coach’s passion, and dedication to the profession can have on an athlete in all aspects of their life. I’m proud to congratulate all of our 2014 Award Winners.”

“It is the hard work and dedication of Canadian coaches that helps in fuelling our athletes’ dreams on their way to the podium,” said Deborah Gullaher, Vice-President of Marketing, Suncor. “We are proud to celebrate your commitment, both to the athletes and to your sport. Congratulations to each of you.”