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Sport Manitoba – Nominees Announced for Coaching Manitoba Impact Awards

Celebrating coaching excellence in Manitoba

(Winnipeg, MB  March 26, 2019) – Manitoba coaches will be honoured for their achievements in sport, leadership, personal development, and coaching effectiveness at the 2019 Coaching Manitoba Impact Awards presented by Club Regent Casino & Event Centre on April 13.
“Coaches create a foundation for excellence in sport, while building our next generation of leaders and helping us take amateur sport programs to the next level. We are honoured to celebrate their tireless and outstanding contributions every year at this fantastic event,” said Jeff Hnatiuk, President and CEO of Sport Manitoba. “Congratulations to all this year’s nominees.”

The awards reflect the contributions and achievements the coach has made to sport and athletes over their coaching careers. The 2019 Coaching Manitoba Impact Awards presented by Club Regent Casino & Event Centre nominees are:

Vince Leah Memorial Award – Fundamentals

  • Michael Dorie – Hockey
  • Kim Dunford – Ringette
  • Charles Lerm – Tackle Football
  • June Mosiondz – Special Olympics Multi Sport
  • Jeffery Oduca – Judo
  • Dean Sproule – Baseball

Konica Minolta Dr. Jack Hunt Memorial Award – Learn to Train/Train to Train

  • Charlene  Bodnarchuck – Hockey
  • Kevin  Higgins – Tenpin Bowling
  • Dale  Kinley – Badminton
  • Nicole  Marcoux – Softball
  • Bonita Martens – Gymnastics
  • Dave Martine – Baseball
  • Dean  McConnell – Baseball
  • Karen  Morgan – Ringette
  • Airton  Nakamura – Judo
  • Breanne Nichol – Special Olympics Basketball
  • Nick Popiel – Swimming
  • Ken  Shepherd – Ringette
  • Michelle Stamm – Swimming
  • Chris  Sumner – Special Olympics Tenpin Bowling
  • Karen Williams – Swimming

Peter Williamson Memorial Award – Train to Compete/Train to Win

  • Heather  Hancox – Curling
  • Keegan  Jackson – Freestyle Skiing
  • Holly Kitchen – Softball & Basketball
  • Bryce  Kosielny – Athletics
  • Kirby Schepp – Basketball
  • Jerome  Seremak – Paddling 
  • Janine Stephens – Rowing
  • Jeff  Stoughton – Curling
  • Zdravka  Tchonkova – Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Andrew  Tough – Athletics

Peter Dick Award – School System

  • Heather Baranyk – Basketball
  • Scott Gurney – Athletics
  • Mark  Hamm – Basketball
  • Charles Lahaie – Badminton
  • Barry  Lewis – Hockey
  • Kyla  Michalski – Volleyball
  • Stephen Rebizant – Soccer
  • Nathan  Tocher – Rugby

To view the full list of nominees, visit or click the button below to download the full list of nominees, including postal codes.

2019 Coaching Manitoba Impact Awards Nominees

Sport Manitoba will also honour individuals who have been nominated by their Provincial Sport Organization for their dedication to coaching in the Years of Service category as well as coaches who have participated at an International event in the past year.

The female and male Coach of the Year finalists are selected from the nominees from all categories. These awards will be announced April 13, in the evening, at Sport Manitoba’s Night of Champions presented by Manitoba Chicken Producers. For Night of Champions event information, visit

Event Details

Saturday, April 13, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Club Regent Casino & Event Centre
Purchase tickets online

The Manitoba Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Council’s Aboriginal Coach of the year awards will also be presented at the 2019 Coaching Manitoba Impact Awards presented by Club Regent Casino & Event Centre. Read the full release:



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 Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro, Coaching Manitoba, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Fit Kids Healthy Kids and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Medicine Clinic, Sport Performance Centre, and Paul Robson Resource Centre for Leadership and Coaching.



For more information, please contact:

Sarah Tone
Communications Coordinator, Sport Manitoba
W: 204.925.5614
C: 204.290.7630