Steve Kelman was the 2004 recipient of the “Kort Award” This award was presented by the Barrie Royals Basketball Club to recognize his significant contribution to the sport of basketball in the City of Barrie. Kelman received the award not just because of his coaching but because he is also a supportive parent, a Basketball official and a community volunteer who works towards providing athletic programs for all athletes. Kelman has been the Head Basketball Coach at Eastview Secondary School in Barrie since 2002. During that time he has directed the development of both the girls and boys basketball programs while coaching the junior boys basketball team. His team is presently the two-time GBSSA AAAA Junior Boys Basketball Champions as well as being the two-time City of Barrie Junior Boys Champions. While Kelman is currently one of the Barrie Royals’ respected coaches, he does not just focus on the elite athlete. He was instrumental in re-organizing a defunct junior boys Spring League in Barrie; one in which all boys from age 13 to 15 could have a fun recreational activity. This spring Steve has over 60 boys registered and playing.
Other nominees for the 2004 Coach/Team Official of the Year were:
Steve Lemmon was born in Brockville and raised in Napanee. As a boxer, Lemmon had 63 amateur fights. At 28, he retired as a boxer. His love of the sport led him to become a boxing coach and in 1994 he and Mark Alexander started the Uptown Youth Boxing Club located on Dunlop Street. The club has been run as a not-for-profit organization since 1995 and provides an outlet for many local male and female boxers of various age groups. Since the club’s inception, Steve has trained several athletes to Ontario and National Championships including Becky Henderson, a 3-time provincial champion in her weight class. Steve was also the Ontario Team Manager for the 2003 Canada Winter Games. Lemmon is currently a National NCCP Level II Coach and is progressing toward his Level III completion. In addition, Steve has been the regional director for Boxing Ontario and for the past two years he has been its Director of Finance. Last year, Steve Lemmon paid $3000 out of his own pocket to keep the doors of the club open for the kids and for his ongoing love of the sport of boxing.
Tom Stockdale began his wrestling career in high school, continued to compete in University and at the club level upon graduation. As an elementary school teacher, he continued his love of the sport. He has coached the Portage View wrestling team since 1980. His teams have enjoyed tremendous success. The Panthers have won seven Simcoe Wrestling Team Championships and finished in second place four times. In 1997, the girls won the Ontario Novice Championship and the Bantam boys won the Ontario Championship in 1998. The Novice Girls finished 3rd in 2001. During Tom’s tenure as coach, the Portage View Panthers won well over 50 Ontario Age-Group medals. In 2002 he received a plaque from his fellow coaches in the county recognizing his “years of coaching, organizing and promoting the sport of amateur wrestling”. Stockdale also devoted his volunteer time to organizing and coordinating numerous Cross Country Meets in his school and in the county. Tom Stockdale believes that wrestling has provided an outlet for all students in which each individual can perform to the best of their ability.