Whistler's Karin Jarratt honoured as 2013 Regional Provincial coach of the Year

Coaches ViaSport has announced that coach Karin Jarratt (Whistler Gymnastics) is the 2013 recipient of the Regional/Provincial Coach of the Year award. The award is one of two 2013 B.C. Coach of the Year Awards presented by Coaches ViaSport and supported by the Bob Bearpark Foundation.

Karin was selected for her outstanding achievements over her 33 years as a coach, and her contribution to the growth of gymnastics in British Columbia. She is a former gymnast turned coach who recently celebrated her 33rd year of coaching.

For the past 23 years, she has been coaching at Whistler Gymnastics where she coaches school groups and works with the athletes looking to prepare for the next level of competition.

Karin has helped shape athletes that have gone on to compete at the B.C. Games, provincial championships and national competitions. Notably, she trained the first provincial level 4 athlete that Whistler Gymnastics has ever had.

Karin’s reputation as a coach has also attracted new members to the club. She is known for going out of her way to make the athletes feel safe and comfortable. Beyond her talents as a coach, Karin is also known as a teacher of life skills. She has built leaders within the club and many of her gymnasts have become junior coaches. Karin promotes continuous learning and constantly acts as a mentor to other coaches.

Karin will be presented with the award by Tom Jones, representing the Bob Bearpark foundation at a special VIP ceremony preceding this year’s BC Sports Hall of Fame Banquet of Champions on Thursday, September 25.

In celebration of BC Coaches Week, Karin was recently interviewed by Coach Anthony Brown of RISE CoachCast podcastsListen to the full podcast here (start at 5:00 minutes)

More about the BC Coach of the Year Awards:

The B.C. Coach of the Year Awards are supported by the Bob Bearpark Foundation to recognize a history and dedication to coaching in British Columbia. Each recipient has been selected for their outstanding coaching achievements in the category they were nominated, and for their unique contribution to the advancement and well-being of athletes and their sport. The award is designed to recognize contributions the coach has made to his/her sport and its athletes over a number of years.