Geoff Gowan Award Winners

November 14, 2011

The official announcement of the Dr. Geoff Gowan Coaching Award recipients were made last weekend at CAC Petro Canada Sport leadership.  Two BC residents are the 2011 honourees of this very prestigious award – Allison McNeill and Dr. Eric Broom.

Basketball BC Executive Director Lawrie Johns, commenting on the recently announced Dr. Geoff Gowan award recipients “Basketball BC, our President Diana Chan, our Board and members are so very pleased that the Coaching Association of Canada has recognized both Allison and Eric.

Allison’s contributions to coaching go way beyond her work as National Senior Women’s Coach – though those contributions can not be minimized and we are anxiously awaiting the qualification process for London as she leads the team for a potential qualifying spot.  Coach McNeill has worked with hundreds of our youth coaches in this province through our Steve Nash Youth Basketball program and continues that work today.  She initiated the Women’sLeadership Circleconcept allowing women in coaching/leadership to address both obstacles and successes in their careers and to share those in a professionally facilitated atmosphere – in recent partnership with ProMOTION Plus.  It was a distinct honour for Basketball BC to nominate Allison and certainly an exciting moment to learn of her being chosen as one of the two 2011 recipients”

Johns also noted “Dr. Broom is an institution in coaching in BC, Canada and internationally.  There are few coaches in our province that have not been involved, in some way, with him in his many decades of coaching leadership. Basketball BC also congratulates Eric on this much deserved award.”

More information on the two recipients is in this link: