Coaching Association of Canada

Recognizing lifetime contribution to coaching development

The Geoff Gowan "Lifetime Achievement" Award recognizes a lifetime commitment to coaching and coaching development and is presented to an individual who has fostered a positive public image of coaching, enhanced the role of the coach within the Canadian public, and who is a role model for future generations of coaches.

The Geoff Gowan Award was created in 1996 to honour former Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) president Geoffrey Gowan, CM, PhD. The Geoff Gowan Award trophy is housed at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary, AB, where the recipient will be featured for the year.

The nomination period is closed.


2020 Recipient: Denis Beaudoin, ChPC, Karate

In a remarkable coaching career spanning more than 40 years, Sensei Denis Beaudoin has demonstrated a lifetime dedication to sport, coaching, and coach development. Since opening the Beaudoin Karaté Gatineau dojo in 1978, Denis has been a role model and inspiration for Gatineau youth, leading many athletes to success on the provincial, national, and international levels. Over his tenure, Denis has trained and mentored more than 30 NCCP coaches at his dojo, and in 1994 he founded the Karate Sport-Study Program at the École Polyvalente Nicolas-Gatineau to grow the community of karate instructors and athletes in Gatineau. 

Denis’ dedication and success stems from his philosophy that karate is not just a sport, it is a school of life for each athlete as an individual human being.


Previous Award Recipients
2019: Phyllis Sadoway, ChPC 2018: Manon Perron, ChPC 2017: Dany Boulanger 2016: Glenn Hoag 2015: Dr. John Hogg
2014: Robert (Bob) Kierstead 2013: Dennis Marineau 2012:* Victor Zilberman, David Hart 2011: Allison McNeill 2010: Dr. Dru Marshall
2009: Tim Frick, Keith Russel 2008: Douglas Leigh 2007: Andy Higgins 2006: Clare Drake 2005: Charles Cardinal
2004: Donald Dion 2003: Marilyn Savage 2002: Al Morrow 2001: Doug Clement 1999: Jack Donohue
1996: Geoff Gowan        

*Honourable Mentions: Manon Perron, Hiroshi Nakamura, Dennis Marineau