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      November 3, 2006

      The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) announced this year’s recipients of the following prestigious sport leadership awards at a news conference today in Montreal:

      3M Coaching Canada Awards
      Investors Group National Sport Administrator Award
      Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards
      Fox 40 Sport Official Awards

      3M Coaching Canada Awards

      3M Canada, in collaboration with CAC, honours a male and female coach in both high performance and developmental sport for their outstanding contribution to their profession and to athlete development.

      The recipients of the 3M Coaching Canada Awards are: Cross country ski coach Dave Wood of Canmore, Alberta in the male high performance category:Wood took over the head coaching position on Canada’s national cross-country ski team in 1998. Since then,the Canadian skiers have become major international players highlighted by Beckie Scott’s bronze at the 2002 Olympics. He is a 3M NCCP Level 4 certified cross-country skiing coach. "Dave is a fun and enthusiastic leader in our sport," said Scott. "He is a coach who is available 24 hours a day and has developed a successful national team. He supports his athletes and shares his great knowledge."

      Ice hockey coach Danièle Sauvageau of Deux-Montagnes, Quebec won in the female high performance category:

      Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Awards

      Petro-Canada, in collaboration with CAC, recognize coaches whose athletes have won medals in open world championships, at an Olympic Games, at a Special Olympics World Games, or at a Paralympic Games.

      There are 28 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award recipients this year including: Cross-country ski coach Kaspar Wirz, of Saskatoon, Sask.,coach of Paralympic silver medallist Bryan McKeever and Dave Wood, of Canmore, Alta., coach of Olympic cross country ski medallist Beckie Scott.