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TORONTO, Ontario, Sept. 19, 2020 – Today, the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) recognized ten coaches from across Ontario with the province’s highest coaching honour at the 2020 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards. The celebratory event marks the 6th annual National Coaches Week from September 19-27, highlighting the positive impact coaches have on athletes and the role they play in building safe communities by saying #ThanksCoach.

This year, CAO and Hydro One partnered to award one coach with the Hydro One Safe Play Award and provide all award recipients with $500 to purchase sporting goods from local Canadian retailers of their choice. This partnership also includes the launch of a new virtual hub, Safe Sport 101 to be launched later this September, where coaches can gain access to the safety tools and resources they need in this new coaching environment.  

“Each of these winners are shining examples of the positive impact coaches have on and off the field with their athletes and communities. And as we recover from the pandemic we know coaches play a vital role in ensuring sports remains safe, positive and fun”, says CAO’s Executive Director, Jeremy Cross. 

“Coaches play an important role in facilitating programs for youth that enhance their physical and mental well-being while keeping them socially connected which is particularly important during this challenging time,” said Jay Armitage, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Hydro One. “We have a responsibility to support community resilience across the province, and are proud to partner with Coaches Association of Ontario to develop new online safety resources for coaches at a time when they are needed most.”  

The awards are hosted by two-time World Champion, Olympian, TV Host and Sports Broadcaster, Perdita Felicien. Tune into the live online broadcast on Saturday, September 19th at 10am or catch the recap at 

The 2020 Ontario Coaching Excellence Award Winners are:





Craig Campbell 

Male Grassroots Coach Award

Waterloo Minor Hockey Association


Alyssa Smith

Female Grassroots Coach Award

York Artistic Swimming


Mike Stenning

Male School Sport Coach Award

South Collegiate Institute


Martha Ashfield

Female School Sport Coach Award

Earl of March SS


Karl Sutton

Male Good to Great Coach Award

International Shotokan Karate


Teresa Mikola

Female Good to Great Coach Award

Burlington Trampoline & Tumbling Inc.


Jaison King

Everyone Matters Coach Award

North Toronto Basketball


Patricia Howes

Hydro One Safe Play Award

Royal Military College


Hani Kanama

Susan Kitchen Trailblazer Award

Kanama High Performance


Jos Nederveen

Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Award

Mountain Volleyball Club


For more information about National Coaches Week across Ontario visit

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Coaches Association of Ontario
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