May 17, 2013
/CNW/ - It was with sadness that I learned of the passing of a great sportsman and leader in the field of coaching in
Recognized as a cornerstone of the Canadian Sport System,
changed the face of athletics in
and through his 25 years of work with the Coaching Association of
, he played a key role in the development of Canadian coaching education programs.
In 1996, the
Award was created in recognition of a lifetime contribution to coaching development. It is a fitting tribute to Geoffrey's own life and his dedication to sport that he was awarded both the Order of
in 1992 and entered into
Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
Geoffrey was many things and he touched the lives of many Canadians. He was all at once the ultimate sportsman and role model as an athlete, builder, coach and leader, and he was known best to many Canadians as a sports commentator who brought the excitement of sport home for us all.
On behalf of the Government of
, I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of
coaching and sport community for the loss of a great Canadian.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage