Tuesday, November 5, 2002 - Latest News
Dave Wood Receives 3M Coaching Award

Dave Wood, the coach of the Senior National Cross Country Ski Team, is the recipient of this year’s 3M Coaching Canada Award, announced Saturday, November 2nd at the annual Sport Leadership Awards Dinner held at the Renaissance Hotel in Montreal.

The 3M Award is presented as part of a three-day long conference on sports leadership, and honors the top male and female coaches in the categories of developing and high-performance sport. Wood is a 3M NCCP level 4 certified cross-country ski coach and is being recognized for his outstanding contribution to coaching in high-performance athleticism.

There were twenty-nine coaches from six provinces named finalists of this prestigious CAC award. Inaugurated in 1989, Wood is the first male cross-country ski coach to receive this distinction.

Originally from Prince George, B.C, Dave is currently based in Canmore, Alberta. Here he has been coaching the Senior National Cross Country Ski Team for five years out of the Bill Warren Training Centre. Prior to this position, Wood was head coach of the Junior National Team for four years. He has also helped the Cross Country Ski Team at five Olympic Winter Games, and five World Championships as coaching support and wax technician.

Over the last two ski seasons Wood’s team, then composed of five women, achieved remarkable success on the international circuit. Beckie Scott won the first ever Olympic medal for a Canadian cross-country skier last February in Salt Lake City. There were also 9 top 30 Olympic results among Dave’s athletes -a feat unprecedented for any Canadian Olympic cross-country ski team. The 2000-01 ski season was also reflective of Dave’s strong coaching abilities when the Women’s Team skied to a silver-medal winning performance at the World Cup in Soldier Hollow.

His athletes are thrilled their coach has been recognized for his tireless efforts.

“Dave’s dedication to the sport is unparalleled,” cites team member Sara Renner, who initiated the nomination procedure. “His unwavering belief in his athletes and never-ending work ethic make him a most deserving recipient for this award.”

Beckie Scott quotes, “Dave is a fun and enthusiastic leader in our sport. He is a coach who is available 24 hours a day and has developed a successful national team. He supports his athletes and shares his great knowledge.”

Dave’s love for the sport is summed up in a favorite quote: “Sports are like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t stop when you get tired, you stop when the gorilla gets tired.”

Wood was unable to attend the Awards Banquet due to a training camp and upcoming competition in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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