Sail Canada named Violet Stafford and Vaughn Harrison have as the Sail Canada Mentor of the Yr for 2020 and 2021, respectively.
The Sail Canada Coach of the 12 months Award is presented annually to a mentor who demonstrates higher coaching capabilities and contributes to sporting excellence by supplying a healthful angle towards profitable, making the most of activity, and showed helpful schooling.
The winners are Sail Canada licensed and registered coaches who have built a substantial effect on athletes’ performances at competitions, and who reinforce the spirit of sport values to her/his athletes, calculated by a regard for the sport, a adore for activity, a regard for some others and a motivation to reasonable and moral activity.
Nominations were being evaluated from January 1 to December 31 for 2020 and 2021.
Violet Stafford: Sail Canada 2020 Mentor of the 12 months
Violet Stafford (Toronto, ON) was the Guide General performance Coach at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) in 2020-2021 just after getting a Laser Mentor at the identical club. She is at present coaching with the Ontario Sailing Teaching Middle Advancement Crew.
“Thank you for the honor,” explained Stafford. “I initially will have to thank all the athletes that I have experienced the opportunity to perform with. It is a privilege to assistance you in a small way on your path. I also thank the coaches and mentors who I have had in my life. They have taught me and carry on to influence my evolution and development.”
In 2020, a calendar year marked by the pandemic, she took portion in the development of COVID-19 sailing strategies and protocols. “Working closely with Ontario Sailing team, Violet contributed to a ‘return to participate in and a return to training’ protocol that incorporated very best practices from Sail Canada but also other sporting activities in the region and sailing packages in the United states,” stated colleagues from the RCYC in 2020.
“This protocol grew to become a checklist for athletes and coaches to return to on-water education and, by the close of May possibly, we had sailors on the h2o safely having fun with the sport. This was not just a instruction impact and profit, but was also for the psychological well being of our youth as prior to this, quite a few youthful sailors have been unable to love the sport they love. This was a demanding 12 months and Violet rose to the call with large poise and management.”
Also during the pandemic, Stafford took aspect in the launch of an on the internet platform in partnership with Ontario Sailing, The Northern Channel, in the spirit of collaboration and to produce a sense of community among the yacht golf equipment as an outlet for sailors and coaches for the duration of the pandemic.
“This is very significantly representative of how Violet operates: she reaches out not just to ‘her club’, but also to the bigger group or other club sailors and coaches as well. Her leadership in the coaching community is essential, as much too frequently there is a target just on one’s have club pursuits.”
In 2020, Stafford , who was formerly a Nationwide Team Member in Laser Radial (ILCA 6) from 2013 to 2015, was also element of Sail Canada’s Info Analytic challenge, working with GPS trackers with her team for education, and then sharing the details with Sail Canada to learn how to put into action this tool into the every day training environment.
Violet’s ‘buying into’ this undertaking and her potential to show its value is another example of her outstanding management.”
Once more in 2020, Violet was also a Job Direct on Sail Canada’s Regional YOTS clinic held at the RCYC and the Regatta Chair at the RCYC Slide Youth Regatta, in addition to getting section in the creation of the RCYC Digital Regatta, which had over 35 registrants. She also was a member of the RCYC Youth Committee as a employees member, and took part in Sail Canada Youth Growth Squad Coaching phone calls.
“Violet is an excellent coach, a role product for youth sailors just about everywhere, and she sales opportunities with character and work ethic. Her athlete-centered strategy is always at the forefront and she treats sailors on her crew and coaches with regard, a respect that is mutual.”
Vaughn Harrison: Sail Canada 2021 Mentor of the Yr
Vaughn Harrison has been doing work with Canadian ILCA 6 substantial efficiency sailors since 2016, such as Sarah Douglas, who arrived up with Canada’s very best particular person efficiency in women’s sailing in Olympics background with a sixth position in general at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Game titles in August of 2021.
“I want to say a big thank you to every person who nominated me and voted for me for Coach of the Year,” stated Harrison. “It’s a huge honor. I’m pretty energized and delighted to be working with Team Canada and to have worked with many excellent, talented athletes in the earlier, with whom I gained terrific results and, additional than something, realized a ton from and grew collectively with.
“It has been an complete pleasure doing the job for Sail Canada and symbolizing Team Canada at the Olympics, quite a few Globe Championships and other occasions, and I glance ahead to additional in the future.”
Douglas achieved several best 10 finishes at Earth Cups and Entire world Championships in earlier years, and she is doing work toward competing at the Paris 2024 Video games beside Vaughn. He also works with other sailors from close to the planet as the founder of the Worldwide Sailing Academy dependent in Mexico, which hosts hundreds of athletes each and every winter to assistance them sharpen their skills in ILCA.
“Vaughn’s coaching background is comprehensive,” said Douglas, who nominated her mentor. “He’s 1 of the finest coaches in the environment and he’s confirmed it with his effects. He has a holistic technique to his coaching, and he has a great deal of enthusiasm in direction of sailing, high performance and chasing Olympic medals.
“He’s not frequently acknowledged or in the highlight for his devotion to the activity of sailing and to his athletes. I would not be exactly where I am currently without Vaughn and we are so privileged to have these kinds of a high-level coach in Canada.”