Basketball Manitoba's High Performance Female Coach Cheryl Jean-Paul has been named a finalist for the 'Peter Williamson High Performance Coach of the Year' as part of Coaching Manitoba's Excellence Awards.  The Coaching Manitoba Excellence Awards are an annual event established to celebrate Manitoba’s best coaches. These awards are designed to acknowledge the contributions coaches have made to their sport and athletes over a number of years.  The 2009 Coaching Manitoba Excellence Awards brunch will take place at the Hilton Suites Winnipeg Airport, April 25 beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Details include...

“Recognizing coaches is an essential part of what we do,” states
Greg Guenther, Director of Coaching for Sport Manitoba. “It’s very
important to formally recognize the dedication, hard work and
commitment our coaches are making to the community and the amateur
sport system.”

The Coaching Manitoba Excellence Awards celebrate four categories,
which include Grassroots, Developmental, High Performance and School

The finalists for this year’s Coaching Manitoba Excellence Awards are:

Vince Leah Award – Grassroots

  • Tony Franklin - Hockey

  • Paggy Glassco - Artistic Gymnastics

  • Arleigh Mackenzie - Rugby

  • Sue Sutherland - Figure Skating

Dr. Jack Hunt Award – Developmental

  • Pedro Daza - Soccer

  • Roslyn Evason - Special Olympics

  • Dan Gilbert - Volleyball

  • Bob Lawrie - Alpine Ski

Peter Dick Award – School Systems

  • Rene Comeault - Athletics

  • Daryl Ford - Volleyball

  • Andrew Harder - Hockey

  • Philip Hudson - Volleyball

  • Kelsey McKay - Football

Peter Williamson Award – High Performance

  • Janet Arnott - Curling

  • Kevin Benson - Hockey

  • Tammy Fournier - Figure Skating

  • Cheryl Jean-Paul - Basketball Jean-Paul’s basketball history includes playing 5 years of
university basketball for the University of Manitoba, head coaching at
the junior varsity levels at River East Collegiate where they won 3
conference championships in a row as well as a provincial bronze medal,
and 2 years of assistant coaching with the Bison women’s program. As a
basketball official Cheryl has also refereed at the CIS level, the provincial championship level as well as at the national level for the 15U girls’ championships.

Currently Cheryl is the head coach of the women’s basketball program at Red River College, where they won the MCAC
conference in 2009; the head coach for the Canada Games juvenile girls’
team; the Manitoba Region women’s head coach for the Centre for
Performance program and a Master Learning Facilitator for the NCCP Intro to Competition basketball coaching course.
With 9+ years of coaching experience at the regional, high school,
club, college/university levels, Cheryl is a Level 3 NCCP certified
coach and has been awarded the Jim Bulloch award by the Manitoba
Basketball Coaches Association as well as the High Performance Coach of
the Year by the Coaches’ of Manitoba Association. She has also recently
travelled to Zambia and Rwanda to observe and to help their national
sporting organizations in developing their programming and their
pursuit of athletic excellence.

The winners of these awards will be announced at a brunch to honour
some of Manitoba’s best coaches. Honourees will also include Manitoba
coaches who coached internationally in 2008, and those that have
dedicated years of service to their sport in the province.

The 2009 Coaching Manitoba Excellence Awards brunch will take place
at the Hilton Suites Winnipeg Airport, April 25 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children under 12, and $175 for a group of ten. Please contact Sheldon Reynolds at Coaching Manitoba to reserve your tickets today (925-5913).

Help us recognize the outstanding achievements and significant contributions coaches have made in the province. See you there.

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