Jack Donohue Award Winner 2014
Gerald (Gerry) Dragomir, ChPC - Athletics (Race walking)
Gerald (Gerry) Dragomir, ChPC, is a very humble man who has weaved his way through the coaching spectrum from little league baseball to the Olympic Games. In 1978 he got a taste of coaching through his son’s little league baseball team and has been passionate about helping athletes reach their potential ever since. With a keen eye for technical skills, an interest and aptitude for sport science, and an amazing ability to motivate others, he continued to coach other neighbourhood baseball and fastball teams, then athletes with Special Olympics BC, and eventually started his own Race Walking Club.
Gerry’s own competitive instincts pushed him to coach himself onto the podium at the World Masters Championships in 2005, 2007, and 2010. This love of sport and addiction to pushing the limits of performance led him to establish Racewalk West in 2001 with the lofty goal of excelling at the world level. He is well on route to this goal with almost all of the top racewalkers in Canada growing up through his club and securing a remarkable fourth place team finish at the Men’s World Race Walk Cup in 2014 (held in Taicang China). To show the depth of this performance, during the race, all three of his athletes broke the Canadian Record. It is extremely difficult for an athlete to put forth their best times at a major event and these results clearly highlight the outstanding mental preparation, nutrition, and technical coaching skills that Gerry possesses to aptly prepare not just 1 but 3 of his athletes to do so.
Gerry is an NCCP Level 4 Certified Athletics Coach in Endurance and a 2010 Graduate of the NCI Advanced Coaching Diploma Program. In his non-sporting life, Gerry is a Chartered Accountant who owns a Financial & Management Firm called Pace Accounting which specializes in Non‐Profit organizations.