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Sport Manitoba – April 22, 2016, Winnipeg, MB – In a morning filled with stories of leadership, dedication, and outstanding service, the 2017 Coaching Manitoba IMPACT Awards honoured the contributions and achievements of some of the very best in the Manitoba coaching community. This annual event celebrates Manitoba’s best coaches and acknowledges the outstanding contributions they have made to their athletes and sport over a number of years. 


“Coaches are the backbone of Manitoba’s amateur sport system,” said Laurel Read, Interim CEO, Sport Manitoba. “They build our communities and help shape tomorrow’s leaders. Sport Manitoba is thrilled to honour and recognize their significant contributions and achievements.”
“Congratulations to the winners of the Coaching Manitoba IMPACT Awards,” says Peter Hak, President and CEO, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. “Each of you has demonstrated true passion and commitment toward your athletes and your sport. We are honoured to celebrate our coaches who continue to inspire, motivate, and foster growth in their athletes.”

This year’s award winners are

Vince Leah Memorial Award (Fundamentals Category)
BARBARA LYNN FAY, swimming, Winnipeg

Dr. Jack Hunt Memorial Award (Learn to Train/Train to Train Category)
KRIS STASIAK, wrestling, Winnipeg

Peter Williamson Memorial Award (Train to Compete/Train to Win Category)
MINGPU WU, athletics, Winnipeg

Peter Dick Award (School System Category)
HENRY KASDORF, volleyball, Steinbach
Global News Active for Life Coach
BRIAN WALTERS, swimming/athletics, Winnipeg
Investors Group NCCP Coach Developer Award

The Manitoba Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Council recognized the winners of the 2016 Manitoba Aboriginal Coaching Awards. Congratulations to JAYMIE MENZIES, volleyball, Winnipeg and DAVID MUSWAGGON, softball, Cross Lake First Nation.
Sport Manitoba also honoured coaches from across Manitoba who have coached at International Events in the previous year as well as individuals who have been coaching a minimum of 25 years in the province. Please click here for a listing.

The IMPACT Female and Male Coach of the Year award presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries will be announced tonight at the 2017 Night of Champions presented by Manitoba Chicken and hosted by Sport Manitoba.  


Sport Manitoba is a not for profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located in the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in our province and is responsible for programs including the Power Smart Manitoba Games, Coaching Manitoba, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Fit Kids Healthy Kids, and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Medicine Clinic, Performance Centre, Fitness Centre and Sport Resource Centre
 “Good coaches build better people!”
For live streaming, event photos and as it happens announcements please check out our social media channels:
Twitter (as it happens & livestream)  
Facebook (photo album following event)
Instagram (stories)

For more information please contact:

Tara Skibo
Communications/Public Relations Officer
Sport Manitoba
cell: 204-781-1438