Xiuli Wang of Speed Skating Canada Receives Jack Donohue Coach of the Year Award

Speed Skating Canada is proud to announce that long track speed skating national team coach Xiuli Wang has been awarded the Jack Donohue Coach of the Year Award. The announcement was made yesterday at the Coaches SUMMIT, and the award will be presented to Wang on Friday evening at the Sport Leadership Awards gala, in Vancouver.

Xiuli Wang has been a coach of the Canadian national team since 2002 and last season, she coached four athletes to Olympic medals in Turin, including Clara Hughes and Kristina Groves. To the athletes, she not only brings great skating expertise, but she also helps them grow and develop themselves as humans.

“Xiuli’s work has been tremendous over the last few years,” explained Jean R. Dupré, Director General of Speed Skating Canada. “She helped our long track national team grow and become a power house in the build up to the 2006 Olympic Games, and we are confident that she will, over the next few years, help our young athletes develop into the best skaters they can become for the 2010 Olympics. Xiuli is an example as she embodies all of the good qualities a coach needs to have in order to be successful.”

The Jack Donohue Coach of the Year award is named in honour of a legendary basketball coach and presented annually to recognize a coach’s dedication to coaching, as well as the outstanding performance of their athletes.

“To be recognized from among the many outstanding coaches in Canada is truly an honour,” said Ms. Wang of the award. “These coaches and my athletes inspire me to grow every day as a coach and as a person.”

Twelve coaches were nominated for the most prestigious coaching award in Canada this year. Following a highly successful season, two speed skating coaches were among the finalists, Wang, and Neal Marshall, who helped coach Cindy Klassen to five Olympic medals and a world all around title.