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September 18, 2021 – Winnipeg MB – National Coaches Week encourages Canadians to say thanks and to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities. This week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach. 

“Coaches have a significant and lasting impact on young people. They develop them as athletes and teammates, which leads into their development as people in our communities. This week is about recognizing this impact and saying thank you. To the dedicated and talented coaches across the country, we are grateful for all that you do, and we will continue to support you in your fundamental role in the sport system,“ said Janet McMahon, President & CEO, Sport Manitoba.

This week puts a spotlight on coaches and gives this, largely volunteer, integral, part of Canadian sport a thanks. In Manitoba, we have more than 14,200 certified coaches.

In these uncertain times, signing up to devote time to empower, train, and lead our young athletes while giving back to the amateur sport system is valuable now more than ever. Coaches, we are so grateful you chose to come back. Here’s what is happening in Manitoba during the 7th annual National Coaches Week:

FREE Courses

Many NCCP courses are offered for free this week through Sport Manitoba Coaching and the Coaching Association of Canada (The Locker). See our National Coaches Week blog for a full listing and to register: 

Social Media Campaign + Giveaways

Sport Manitoba Coaching will post #ThanksCoach videos and messages from high-profile athletes to highlight and encourage sport participants of all levels throughout Manitoba to thank their coaches on social media. Sport Manitoba Coaching is giving away swag, gift cards, and more throughout the week for those who tag @sportmanitoba when they post a message or video on social media thanking their coaches.

Media Availability 

Susan Lamboo, Sport Manitoba Coaching’s Coaching Manager, is available for interview throughout National Coaches Week: 204-227-3968 or

We also have access to a large database of Manitoba coaches who we are able to coordinate interviews with throughout the week, including:

Shari Hebert – Rhythmic Gymnastics – (West End, Winnipeg)  

  • Provincial coach for over 20 years
  • Head coach of the High Performance Training Center International Rhythmic Gymnastics Club
  • Board of Directors for Rhythmic Gymnastics Manitoba

Janine Stephens – Rowing – (St. James, Winnipeg)     
Note: Available after 7:15 a.m. all week

  • Provincial Team Head Coach
  • Advanced Coaching Diploma
  • Silver medalist at 2012 London Olympics

Ayach Bounachada – Fencing – (St. James, Winnipeg)  
Note: Available from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. all week, speaks English and French

  • Over 25 years of coaching
  • Provincial team coach
  • National team coach
  • NCCP Coach Developer

Dallas Ludwig – Diving – (River Heights, Winnipeg)   
Note: available until 3 p.m. all week

  • Head coach of Revolution Diving program
  • Provincial Team coach
  • National Team coach
  • Coaching for almost 20 years

Bob Lawrie – Alpine Ski – (River Heights, Winnipeg) 
Note: available between 12-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. all week

  • Head Coach for Manitoba Alpine since 1999
  • Member of Alpine Canada National Coaching Development Committee
  • Coached at Continental Cup, International, National and Provincial levels.

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 at 145 Pacific Avenue in Winnipeg, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in the province and is responsible for programs including the Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro, Sport Manitoba Coaching, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Fit Kids Healthy Kids, and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Manitoba Clinic, Sport Manitoba Performance, Sport Manitoba Fitness Centre, and the Paul Robson Resource Centre for Leadership and Coaching.  

For more information please contact:
Susan Lamboo
Coaching Manager
Sport Manitoba 
Cell: 204-227-3968 

Sarah Tone
Communications Coordinator
Sport Manitoba
Cell: 431-778-5796