CYCLING CANADA ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS FOR 2022 ANNUAL AWARDS
New for 2022 is the Community Coach of the Year Award. The inaugural recipients, Nicolas Masbourian and Camille Desjardins-Leduc, were nominated by their community with the support of their Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization (PTSO). Desjardins-Leduc has developed a day camp that allows young people to learn about cycling activities and involves U17 and Junior cyclists as leaders. She has also developed a Canadian para-cycling program for children 17 and under to promote accessibility to people with disabilities.
Masbourian is a youth cycling club coach, HopOn Learning Facilitator, National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Instructor and developer of a bicycle safety education program delivered in Quebec.
Earning the title of 2022 Coach of the Year are Pierre Hutsebaut and Christine Gilliard. Gilliard coaches athletes to reach their full potential through the Sport-Études program, which she has managed since 2006. In 2022, several of her students participated in Canadian National Cycling Team projects, including Road World Championships. In his decades-long involvement with cycling, Hutsebaut has earned a reputation for coaching both elite and up-and-coming road cyclists to perform their best on the international stage. Among the Canadian cyclists he coached in 2022 were Hugo Houle, Simone Boilard, Nickolas Zukowsky and Paralympian Marie-Claude Molnar.
The Presidents’ Trophy recognizes the best performance in World Championship competition as voted on by members of the Canadian National Cycling Team. Dylan Bibic claimed the honour in recognition of becoming the first Canadian in history to win gold in the scratch race at the Track World Championships at just 19 years old.
Also decided by National Team athletes is the Russ Copeland Award for best junior rider, which Jackson Goldstone received for the second consecutive year. His win of the UCI men’s junior Downhill World Cup Overall was a result of an impressive string of first- and second-place finishes throughout the season.
Finally, Cycling Canada has awarded the Builder of the Year Award to Nicolas Legault, General Manager of the Centre National de Cyclisme de Bromont (CNCB). Led by Legault, the CNCB initiated a transformative project that culminated in September, when the Vélodrome Sylvan Adams-Centre Multisports Desjardins was unveiled to the public. In December, the CNCB was officially named as a UCI World Cycling Centre Continental Satellite. In addition to being an invaluable facility for athlete development, the centre bolsters Canada’s prominence on the international cycling stage and plays an instrumental role in Cycling Canada and the FQSC’s efforts to build and support the cycling community via grassroots programming and high-profile events.
2022 Community Coach of the Year
2022 Coach of the Year
2022 Presidents Trophy
Russ Copeland Award
2022 Builder of the Year
Source: Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the nation’s oldest National Sport Organization and has one simple purpose – to inspire Canadians to cycle. Our mandate is to holistically develop the sport in partnership with our 11 Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations, putting more Canadians on bikes from coast-to-coast and on podiums around the world.