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Local coaches up for Impact Awards

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 04/11/2019 10:53 AM

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A number of coaches from the southeast have been nominated for the Coaching Manitoba Impact Awards, which are being held Saturday at the Club Regent Casino Events Centre.

The awards are held annually, in conjunction with Sport Manitoba, to recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions coaches have made to their athletes and their sport through coaching.

The award does just not just reflect the accomplishments and contributions of a coach in any one year, rather the awards are designed to acknowledge the contributions a coach has made to their sport and athletes over a number of years.

Among the six nominees for the Vince Leah Memorial Award (Fundamentals) is baseball coach Dean Sproule from Niverville.

Bonita Martens from Flippers Gymnastics in Steinbach is nominated for the Dr. Jack Hunt Memorial Award (Learn to Train/Train to Train) for her work in artistic gymnastics – trampoline.

Ste. Anne native Chantal Larocque will be among the recipients of a Coaching at an International Event Recognition Certificate for her work in ball hockey.

And finally, there are eight nominees for the Peter Dick Award (School System) named for the now retired and legendary physical education teacher and coach in Steinbach. Fittingly, among the nominees is longtime SRSS physical education teacher Steve Rebizant, who stepped into Dick’s shoes when he retired, for his work with the highly successful SRSS soccer program over the years.

The Coaching Manitoba Impact Awards and luncheon begins Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Information on tickets for the event are available on the Sport Manitoba website.

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