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September 17, 2020, 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. 

Here’s what is happening in Manitoba during the 6th annual National Coaches Week:

Social Media Campaign
Sport Manitoba Coaching will be posting #ThanksCoach videos and messages from a few high-profile athletes to highlight and encourage athletes of all levels throughout Manitoba to thank their coaches on social media.  Athletes can post a video or message on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with the hashtag #ThanksCoach and tag @SportManitoba on Twitter and Instagram or @SportMB on Facebook

FREE Courses
There are many NCCP courses being offered for free this week both via the Coaching Association of Canada (The Locker) and Sport Manitoba Coaching. See our news & events page for a full listing.   

Sport Manitoba Coaching will be giving away Coaching Association of Canada swag, gift cards, and more throughout the week for those who post a message or video thanking their coaches! Keep yourself dialed into Sport Manitoba’s Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for details.  

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:

Scott Koskie – Volleyball

  • Provincial performance coach Volleyball Manitoba. 2015-present
  • Head coach Team Canada U18 Girls.  Attended the 2019 U18 World Championships
  • Head coach Team Canada U20 Junior Women. 2013, 2015, 2016
  • Assistant coach Team Canada Senior Women. 2010-2016
  • National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Learning Facilitator and Coach Evaluator

Shari Hiebert – Rhythmic Gymnastics

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

Ayach Bounachada – Fencing –
Note: speaks English and French

  • Over 25 years in coaching
  • Provincial team coach
  • National team coach
  • National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Coach Developer

Justin Friesen – Badminton

  • Provincial coach for 6 years
  • Technical Director for 2018 Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro badminton team

Dallas Ludwick – Diving
Note: not available Tuesday morning

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

Bob Lawrie – Alpine Ski
Note: available all week except Friday, September 25, between 9 am – 2:30 pm

  • 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.  -30-
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