Bethany Tory’s passion, drive and commitment to excellence will be honoured with the unveiling of a new coaching award in her memory.

Skate Canada Chief Executive Officer Dan Thompson announced the creation of the Coach Education Scholarship, in honour of Bethany Tory, the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, who passed away suddenly in April.

“We are extremely proud to introduce this award for our dedicated and passionate coaches in honour of Bethany,” stated Dan Thompson.

“Our coaches and Bethany shared the same dedication, passion and commitment to Skate Canada, and we are honoured to pay tribute to her memory. Bethany was a champion for positive change and alignment within the organization, so it is only fitting we name this award in her memory.”

A former skater and coach, Bethany embraced her Skate Canada COO role with energy and determination, and was extremely supportive of all Skate Canada coaches and officials.

Over the next three years of this quadrennial, the Coach Education Scholarship will be awarded to coaches who meet the following characteristics: embrace a skate for life philosophy; exemplify the values of integrity, fairness, courage, and generosity; and are dedicated to improving their coaching skills through expanding their academic knowledge.

Skate Canada will award up to five $2,000 scholarships to Skate Canada coaches who meet the application criteria and requirements. To be eligible for the award, applicants must be currently enrolled or participating in a post-secondary program at a recognized college or university and be pursuing a degree or diploma that is applicable to their role as a skating coach. During the inaugural 2015-2016 year of the program, special consideration will be given to coaches currently teaching CanSkate.

“Our coaches teach far more than skating skills,” added Thompson. “Coaches have a significant impact on the lives of young skaters, teaching life skills and encouraging them to remain active through our Skate For Life initiative.”

Please click here for more information on the Skate Canada Coach Education Scholarship in honour of Bethany Tory.