The Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association is proud to congratulate High Performance Director Dr. Andy Van Neutegem fon being selected to receive the Investor’s Group NCCP Coach Developer Award. This prestigious national award is presented annually to an individual who embodies the spirit and characteristics of the “best of the best” Learning Facilitators and Evaluators throughout Canada.
“Andy is one of the best people I know,” said CWSA CEO Catherine Cadieux. “I believe he’s earned this award many times over for his amazing work in the wheelchair rugby community.”
Dr. Van Neutegem was the driving force in creating a wheelchair rugby-specific coach education program. He developed content for all three levels of the program and worked with stakeholders across the sport system to achieve its certification. Thanks to his efforts, every national-level athlete has at least Club Coach certification, which has created a new generation of potential coaches. He was also instrumental in creating the High Performance Coach program and certifying former head coach Kevin Orr.
Dr. Van Neutegem, along with CWSA’s technical team, has also developed a best practice Gold Medal Profile for wheelchair rugby. His constant innovation has improved life for wheelchair rugby athletes, coaches and officials from the grassroots to the high performance level.
“Andy strives relentlessly for excellence,” said Cadieux. “His leadership both on and off the court was a huge part of our program’s success.”
Dr. Van Neutegem received his award today at a gala at the Petro Canada Sport Leadership Conference.