Sports: RMC Fencing Coach Honoured at Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards

Howes Honoured at Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards

Courtesy of the Coaching Association of Ontario via Peter Reimer, RMC Sports Information and Promotion Coordinator

RMC Fencing Coach Patricia Howes (Photo by Peter Reimer)

TORONTO, Ontario, Sept. 19, 2020 – Winner of the Hydro One Safe Play Award, fencing coach Patricia Howes was awarded a top provincial coaching honour from the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) at the 2020 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards on Saturday, September 19. Head coach of the Paladins fencing teams, Howes was one of ten coaches from across Ontario recognized for their dedication and commitment to their athletes and community.

“I coach because I love working with people and seeing them grow, learn and achieve their personal goals. This award was a huge surprise but a wonderful honour,” Howes said. “Recognizing that our athletes’ physical, mental and emotional safety is important shows growth in sport. It demonstrates that while the sport skills we coach are valuable, coaching the whole athlete and supporting their well-being is equally valuable and important.”

The celebratory event marks the sixth annual National Coaches Week from September 19-27, highlighting the positive impact coaches have on athletes and the role they play in building safe communities by saying #ThanksCoach.

“Patricia is a shining example of the positive impact coaches all across Ontario have on and off the field of play with their athletes and communities”, CAO’s Executive Director Jeremy Cross said.

This year, CAO and Hydro One partnered to award one coach with the Hydro One Safe Play Award and provide all award recipients with $500 to purchase sporting goods from local Canadian retailers of their choice. This partnership also includes the launch of a new virtual hub, Safe Sport 101, to be launched later this September, where coaches can gain access to the safety tools and resources they need in this new coaching environment.

“The entire Hydro One family would like to congratulate Patricia for being a champion in building safe communities,” Jay Armitage, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Hydro One, said. “Coaches like Patricia empower the leaders of tomorrow by fostering inclusive and supportive environments. Hydro One is proud to stand with all coaches across the province.”

The awards were hosted by two-time World Champion, Olympian, TV Host and Sports Broadcaster, Perdita Felicien. Catch the recap of Saturday’s broadcast at

For more information about National Coaches Week across Ontario visit

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