The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association presented a number of awards on Monday, June 15th, at its annual general meeting which is being held in Gimli, Manitoba on June 15thand 16th.
Missy Penner of Garden City Collegiate, Winnipeg, Manitoba was presented with the Nick Laping Leadership Award. Missy is a 28 year teaching and coaching veteran. She has served as a Provincial convener, on the MHSAA board, and has provided colour commentary for the Provincial AAAA Basketball and Volleyball championships for the last 25 year. Missy is currently a vice principal at Garden City Collegiate.
Kevin Newton of Glenboro School, Glenboro, Manitoba was presented the Frank L. McKinnon Award for his outstanding volunteerism in high school sports. Newton, a 33 year teaching and coaching veteran, is principal of Glenboro School. They have hosted around a dozen Provincials, and he has been very involved with each one. Kevin is an internationally ranked Volleyball Official, and has captured a provincial championship.
The 2015 Grey Cup Legacy High School Coach of the Year, was awarded to Jeff Maxwell of Elton Collegiate in Forrest, Manitoba. Jeff has been coaching for 16 years and his Lady Sabres have been provincial volleyball champions four times in the last 6 years, and a finalist on one other occasion. He also coaches basketball and track. Jeff will receive a $2000.00 prize courtesy of the Grey Cup Legacy Fund.
Receiving Certificates of recognition for long time contribution to high school sports were, Cathy Pleskach – Warren Collegiate, Brett Nohr – Vincent Massey High School (Brandon), Derek Simpson – Murdoch MacKay Collegiate, Christy Steeves – Stonewall Collegiate, Terrill Outhwaite – Killarney School, and Cam Kelbert – Steinbach Regional.
Approximately 110 Teacher coaches and administrators are in Gimli, June 15 and 16 to discuss policies and philosophies pertaining to high school sports.
The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association is a voluntary not for profit organization which is comprised of 193 Senior High Schools from across the Province. Over 30,000 student athletes and over 2,900 volunteer coaches are involved with the association. The association receives funding through lottery dollars distributed through Sport Manitoba, Corporate Partners, Membership Fees, and other general revenue.