Coaches of Canada

Coaches of Canada

October 31, 2006 08:00 ET

Coaches of Canada Recognizes Xiuli Wang and Diving Canada as Annual Award Recipients

WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 31, 2006) - Coaches of Canada is pleased to award the Jack Donohue "Coach of the Year" honour to long track speed skating coach Xiuli Wang; and the Sheila Robertson award to Diving Canada. Ms. Wang and Diving Canada achievements are being celebrated at Coaches SUMMIT '06, the organization's premier conference.

Ms. Wang's nomination emerged from a record twelve nominees for the Coach of the Year award. Xiuli was the 1500m world champion in 1990 as a member of the Chinese national team and joined the staff at the Olympic Oval after moving to Calgary in 1998. She has been a national coach of the all-round program since 2002 and was coach of four medalists at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turino, including speed skating stars Clara Hughes and Kristina Groves.

"Xiuli has been my teacher for six years and I can say from my heart that I have become a better speed skater with her. But, more importantly, she has shown me how to be the best person I can possibly be. She cares about me as an athlete and has nurtured me as a human being. I am grateful to share all of my success with her," said Hughes of her coach.

The Coach of the Year award, named in honour of legendary basketball coach Jack Donohue, is presented annually in recognition of a coach's dedication to the profession and the outstanding performance of their athletes during the past competitive season. Xiuli will be formally awarded the honour at the Sport Leadership Awards Dinner in Vancouver on November 3, 2006.

"Xiuli Wang embodies all the qualities we look for in a recipient of the Jack Donohue Award. She not only raises her athletes' performances to a higher level but also inspires them with her integrity, ethics and commitment," said Ron Brown, Board of Director president, Coaches of Canada.

"To be recognized from among the many outstanding coaches in Canada is truly an honour," said Ms. Wang of the award. "Other coaches and my athletes inspire me to grow every day as a coach and as a person."

The list of nominated Coaches of Canada members for Coach of the Year also included Neal Marshall (speed skating), Murray Cluff (freestyle skiing), Tim Frick (wheelchair basketball), Lee Barkell (figure skating), Houshang Amiri (cycling), Glen Playfair (athletics) and Marty Calder (wrestling).

Sheila Robertson Award

Coaches of Canada also recognized Diving Canada with the Sheila Robertson Award. Introduced in 2005, this award is presented to the National Sport Organization that demonstrates a commitment to promoting and recognizing its coaches within the organization and the community through the use of various media outlets.

"Diving Canada promotes and values its coaches on so many levels," said Gail Donohue, Board of Directors secretary, Coaches of Canada. "They recognize the vital role a coach plays in an athlete's success, feature their coaches in public communications and involve their coaches to contribute to the vision and success of the organization."

For more information about Jack Donohue Coach of the Year Award and the Sheila Robertson Award, visit

About Coaches of Canada

Coaches of Canada is the national organization representing Canada's professional coaches-with members who represent all sports, both professional and amateur. Coaches of Canada's mandate is to advance the profession of coaching and to advance the contribution coaches make to individuals, teams, communities and society. The organization was formerly known as the Canadian Professional Coaches Association (CPCA). Coaches of Canada connects its members; promotes the profession of coaching and value of the coach; regulates the profession of coaching and protects the public interest by way of ensuring its members obey a high standard of ethical conduct; and serves its members with access to services and benefits that aid coaches in their daily professional lives.

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