FROM behind the bench, beside the court or by the pool, some of Manitoba's top coaches are being brought forward and honoured for their work.
Over the weekend, Sport Manitoba saluted seven coaches from across the province at the annual Coaching Manitoba Impact Awards. "They serve as role models and teachers for our youth, and their efforts are worthy of honour and recognition," Sport Manitoba CEO Jeff Hnatiuk said in a statement.
In the school system category, volleyball coach Brian Plett was honoured with the Peter Dick Award in recognition of his work with the MBCI Hawks. Under Plett's tutelage, his teams have graduated over 20 athletes to the CIS and made 13 trips to the provincial Final Four, winning six Manitoban championship banners.
The Vince Leah Memorial Award for developmental coaching was bestowed on Kenora cross-country ski coach Pam MacDonald, while longtime former Manitoba Marlins head swim coach Pal Temesvari won the Active for Life Award for his work with adult swimmers.
Swan River hockey coach Jerry Mosiondz won the Dr. Jack Hunt Memorial Award for his work developing pee wee players, while Team Manitoba 2013 Canada Games swimming head coach Tom Hainey was awarded the Peter Williamson Memorial Award for competitive training.
Rounding out the awards, the Manitoba Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Council celebrated Peguis hockey coach Farron Cochrane, who helped lead the Peguis Juniors to a Keystone Junior Hockey League championship last year, and Peguis wrestling pioneer Trisha Wilson, who coached the province's 2013 Canada Games squad.
There are more coaching honours to come: On April 28, Sport Manitoba will unveil the IMPACT male and female coaches of the year at the 2014 Night of Champions gala.