Coach Miriam receives the Coaches Awards of Excellence from Speed Skate Canada
(Presented to those who have made contributions to the sport of speed skating in the role of a coach. The award is not given based on the achievement of athletes, but on the demonstrated ability to assist in the development of athletes and the sport, including grassroots to high performance coaches. Any Speed Skating Canada volunteer who has demonstrated meaningful involvement with a club, regional, branch, or national association as a coach as evidenced by the outline in the nomination form.)
Miriam Verschoor is a home grown speed skating coach who began her time in the sport in Moncton at the age of 10 years old. She attended two Canada Games as an athlete (83 and 87) before beginning her coaching career in Riverview in 1984 where she helped out coaching the younger skaters. She has since grown her coaching career in cities across the maritimes and currently resides in Sussex and is currently coaching in both the Hampton and Saint John Speed Skating clubs.
This past season she spent a considerable amount of time with the Canada Games Long Track team where her enthusiasm and knowledge empowered her skaters to reach their highest potentials. On Completion of the Canada Games she was nominated by the Long Track women’s team for the coaches’ excellence award. The team applauded her dedication to the program, willingness to travel, ability to accept feedback and her overwhelming technical prowess.
From everyone in Speed Skate New Brunswick, congratulations Miriam on your well-deserved award.