Ian Pavlik has worked with the Special Olympics Alpine Race Team for the past five years as the Technical Head Coach. He has spent hours on and off the hill, preparing and leading the Dry-land Program each fall. During the skiing season, he is responsible for the technical programs of 35 individual racers and also coordinates the setting of the race course. Ian’s attitude is extremely supportive and all of the athletes and coaches look up to him for his leadership and knowledge. Ian gives of his time and expertise freely even with the responsibilities of a young family and running his own business. The results speak for themselves. Eight of the 12 racers on Region 6’s team come from his team. He has also served as the Regional Head Coach at the Provincial Winter Games held in Barrie.
Other nominees for the 2005 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.
Mark Welch has coached football at Eastview Secondary School in Barrie since 1989, upon graduation from Lakehead University Teacher’s College. He initially coached the Junior Program and has coached the Eastview Wildcat Senior Football Team since 1996. Mark has been instrumental in being a member of the coaching staff that led the Wildcats to three GBSSA senior Football Championships in the last four years. As well, the team won the OFSAA Central Bowl Championship this past year. This capped an undefeated 10-0 season, the first in the school’s history where the Eastview defense (Mark’s role) only gave up 46 points in ten games. Several of his players have graduated to the university level. Mark has helped raise funds to develop the Eastview Wildcats Fitness Centre. He has supervised the fitness room at lunch periods since 1998 and has overseen the acquisition of $80,000 worth of fitness equipment for the school. As well, he takes a leadership role in organizing musical variety shows to raise money for the United Way. He is reported to be an accomplished guitarist.