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Carolyn Murray receives coaching excellence award for her success with Paralympic medallist Stefan Daniel

Carolyn Murray and Stefan Daniel
Carolyn Murray and Stefan Daniel

Canada’s Carolyn Murray is being honoured tonight for her high performance coaching success with Calgary’s Stefan Daniel, the Paralympic sensation who has a world championship title and Paralympic medal to his name from Rio this summer.

The Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala, hosted by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) in Vancouver, celebrates “Canada’s most dedicated, inspiring, and successful coaches.”  Annually, award recipients are honoured for exemplifying the values and competencies of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and for their influence in positively shaping the Canadian sport community.

Murray, who has been an integral figure on Canada’s Paralympic scene as the national coach, coached Daniel to not only his historic Paralympic silver medal this summer in Rio but the 2015 junior world championship title alongside able-bodied competitors.

Murray was named Triathlon Canada’s Elite Coach of the Year in 2015. In our interview with her last winter after receiving that award, she told us that the award was meaningful because she felt it sent a positive message to other female coaches interested in moving up to the high performance scene — “I’m thankful for this recognition and hope it encourages more women to get involved,” she said.