Nick Laping Leadership Award
He has had a teaching career of 34 years and in 1991 he started teaching and coaching at Sanford Collegiate. For the past 26 years he has coached a variety of teams in volleyball, golf, badminton, basketball and track and field, where his teams have made many provincial appearances.
For the last 12 years he has coached varsity girls’ volleyball and in 2009 they won the AAA Provincial Championships. Kelly has been a leader in the school and the community of Sanford. He has hosted many provincial championships, wild card games, and inter-zone games and many tournaments in a variety of sports. He has also been a part of the Zone IV executive for many years with the last 5 years being our Zone IV president.
Kelly was greatly impacted by Nick’s commitment to sports and the community when he first met him at a basketball camp when he was in grade 6. In 1975 Kelly went to John Taylor Collegiate where he was taught and coached by Nick. Kelly respected Nick’s intensity, and competitive nature in practices and games. He liked that he always pushed them to play with intensity in practice but always had a friendly out going nature.