Dave Palmateer – 1991 – Coach / Team Official of the Year

Dave Palmateer, a former ski racer himself, has been teaching ski racing for 32 years. His involvement in the sport has been at many levels. Most recently, he has been noted for his success with the program at Eastview, but Palmateer has continued to be involved in many areas of the sport. A Toronto native, Palmateer grew up in a family of non-skiers, but his uncle bought him a set of skis and took him onto the slopes, setting in motion the course for the rest of his life. As a teacher, Palmateer used to coach football, track and field and for a time, gymnastics, before deciding to specialize in alpine skiing around 1980. That move paid immediate dividends, as Eastview began to become a provincial powerhouse in the sport. In the first year he instituted a dry land training program, Eastview showed marked improvement and it captured its first of a series of Ontano high school championships in 1983. For the last 20 years, at least one of Eastview’s boys’ or girls’ ski teams has competed at OFSAA championships. During 1991, Eastview had a bit of an off-year on the provincial scene, placing its boys’ team fifth in Ontario. During the 1991-92 season, the boys’ team won the provincial gold medal and Palmateer was named coach of-the-year by OFSAA. Dave has also been involved within the hierarchy of the Canadian Skiing Association, serving with the Southern Ontario Division in a variety of positions. He chaired the organizing committee for the Jeep-Eagle Canadian Skiing Championships held in Collingwood this winter, was a member of the SOD Alpine Committee for five years and served on the SOD Board of Directors, which used to oversee all aspects of skiing (jumping, freestyle, cross-country and alpine) before a restructuring two years ago. Dave has also been a member of the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance and is just stepping down as the Race Committee Chairman at the Craigleith Ski Club in Collingwood.

Other nominees for the 1991 Coach/Team Official of the Year were:

Jay Lethbridge helped found the Barrie Integrated 3-Pitch League, one of very few leagues in Canada which allow disabled athletes the opportunity to play with so-called ‘able-bodied’ players. His involvement with mentally challenged athletes goes back 14 years, to 1978 when he started coaching a floor hockey team for what soon became known as the Ontario Special Olympics. While Jay is an employee of the Barrie and District, Association for People with Special Needs, his volunteer involvement after-hours knows almost no bounds. While living in Owen Sound and Brampton, Lethbridge became involved in coaching floor hockey, soccer, track and field, bowling and other sports in the Special Olympics program. He was also involved in organizing the Ontario Special Olympics cross-country skiing and snowshoeing championships in Barrie several years ago. A native of London, Ontario, Jay has lived in Barrio for the past nine years. Four years ago, he helped organize the Barrie Integrated league, based on a league he had seen in action in Mississauga. While the Mississauga league has since broken up, the Barrie loop has prospered. Many volunteers have become involved and this year, the co-ed competitive league will have nine teams and about 180 players from age 16 through 62. At its inception, the fledgling league had four teams and last year it fielded eight squads.

Louise Leroux has been a volleyball coach at Barrie Innisdale Secondary School for the past 16 years. During that span of time, she has coached five Georgian Bay high school championship teams and has assisted in the development of many students as athletes and as people. Leroux’s most recent team, the Innisdale junior boys’ squad, won the Georgian Bay high school championship this fall. In addition to her involvement in athletics, Louise is also a Girl Guides leader and is involved in activities at the Collier St. United Church, where she helps out with the junior choir among other projects. Originally from Ottawa, For more on Leroux see the 1992 Coach of the Year.

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