Coaching Association of Canada

Geoff Gowan Award Winners 2013

Dennis Marineau - Bobsleigh

Dennis Marineau has spent over 20 years contributing to bobsleigh coaching development in Canada. Canada’s longest standing bobsleigh coach (he has been with Alberta Bobsleigh since its inception in 1983), first as a world class athlete, then as a coach - his coaching has shaped the majority of Canada’s former and current bobsleigh world cup and Olympic champions - including Canada’s most decorated bobsledder Pierre Lueders.

“Never one to complain - considerate, patient, and always putting the athletes and safety first in a sport with inherent dangers, Dennis shows the true passion and dedication to coaching and teaching that is unsurpassed in our sport,” says Lueders.

Head coach of the National Development Program for Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton from 1994 to 2002, Dennis was solely responsible for the development of the Alberta Bobsleigh Association Driving School, including criteria, protocols, and everything else athletes need to know about a bobsleigh and the track. To this day, Dennis is still the head coach for the school - the one and only bobsleigh pilot school in Canada. He was also a key collaborator in the formation of the first NCCP bobsleigh coaching component, which has helped standardize and educate many bobsleigh coaches throughout Canada.

Dennis’ dedication to coaching and teaching, and true passion for the sport, is unsurpassed in the bobsleigh community says Helen Upperton, silver medallist at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

“His pride and joy at the growth and success of all athletes at all levels on the team make him one of the most trusted and respected coaches within our sliding community. It means a great deal to see this wonderful man recognized for his two decades worth of passion and dedication to our sport and the athletes in it.”

Dennis was an Honourable Mention winner of the Geoff Gowan Award in 2012. 

Hiroshi Nakamura - Judo

Hiroshi Nakamura is synonymous with Judo in Canada. As the head coach of the Canadian national team from 1973 to 2004, he coached at five Olympic Games and 13 international judo competitions - highlighted by the medal winning performances of his athlete, Nicolas Gill at the 1992 and 2000 Olympic Games.

A Level 4 NCCP “Master Coach”, Hiroshi is currently the head coach at the Shidokan Judo club in Montreal (also the national training centre) and was recently promoted to Kudan (ninth-degree black belt) by Judo Canada. He also co-authored the first generation of NCCP judo manuals and still delivers judo seminars and clinics across Canada and internationally.

Over the course of his 50-year career in Judo, Hiroshi has received many Coaching Excellence Awards from Sport Quebec, Judo Quebec and Laureats Sportifs Montreal, as well as being inducted into the Judo Quebec and Judo Canada Halls of Fame. He has also been a recipient of the Longines-Wittnauer Coaching Award on several occasions and is a four-time recipient of a Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award.

Hiroshi was an Honourable Mention winner of the Geoff Gowan Award in 2012.