Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Grassroots Coach Award

The Grassroots Coach Award will be presented to a coach who works tirelessly to ensure that all athletes, regardless of their ability level, are provided with opportunities to train, improve and compete.

This coach emphasizes fair play and good sportsmanship and ensures that all athletes feel included and valued. This coach recognizes the unique gifts of each athlete and has the ability to form an exceptional bond with the athletes who require a unique approach from their coach.

2017 nomination form

2016 Grassroots Coach Award recipient: Janny Jung

Special Olympics BC – Vernon’s Janny Jung is a dedicated and compassionate coach who regularly uses her skills to help athletes overcome nervousness, gain confidence, and perform to their potential. A mentor to coaches and athletes in her Local, Jung is the deserving winner of SOBC’s 2016 Grassroots Coach Award.

Pictured at right: Janny (right) receiving her award from SOBC – Vernon athlete Stacey Madden and Executive Committee member Noelle Typusiak 

Jung is SOBC – Vernon’s Head Coach of Club Fit and snowshoeing and Assistant Coach and team manager for athletics. In these roles she has worked to create an inclusive experience for all athletes, counsel athletes on nutrition and healthy living, and help athletes overcome their fears through visualization.

Jung tailored the Club Fit program in Vernon to better suit the needs of the Local’s athletes by creating two levels: one that takes a developmental approach and another that challenges athletes with higher skill levels. This change has proven to be very successful, and athletes in both levels have made significant improvements in their skills, balance, and core strength.

A passionate and hardworking coach, Jung built SOBC – Vernon’s snowshoeing program from the ground up. This year, Jung took the program’s athletes to a friendly competition. This sparked a strong desire in the athletes to develop their skills and become more involved in their fitness and nutrition programs.  

As Assistant Coach and team manager of SOBC – Vernon’s athletics program, Jung plays an integral role with the team. This includes keeping the team organized with paperwork, providing valuable feedback and direction to athletes, and supporting the program’s Head Coach.

Jung is a mentor to an SOBC – Vernon athlete participating in the Athlete Speakers Bureau courses. Jung has forged an excellent relationship with the athlete, helping her overcome her initial anxiety around public speaking and feel confident and empowered. 

Jung is dedicated to developing her skills to better serve SOBC – Vernon’s athletes. She has completed the NCCP training required for coaches to attend Regional Qualifiers and Provincial Games. She has also completed the Coaching Young Athletes course, which includes FUNdamentals movement skills training. Jung has participated in athletics and snowshoeing Performance Program training sessions.

Thank you, Janny, for your dedication and hard work!

We would also like to sincerely congratulate the many outstanding nominees for this year’s award:

  • Clem Andrews, SOBC – Surrey
  • Chuck Bertrand, SOBC – Sunshine Coast
  • Davin Fung, SOBC – Vancouver
  • Meghan Jamieson, SOBC – Richmond
  • Janny Jung, SOBC – Vernon
  • Aaron Leontowich, SOBC – Kamloops
  • Ricky Long, SOBC – Victoria
  • Vivian Marsh, SOBC – Fort St. John
  • Emily Mittermayr, SOBC – Kimberley/Cranbrook
  • Bill Scobbie, SOBC – Port Alberni
  • Dave Showers, SOBC – Richmond
  • Susan Storry, SOBC – Powell River
  • Sue Rowe, SOBC – Golden
  • Bev Whitehead, SOBC – Comox Valley

Past Grassroots Coach Award recipients: