“I soon realized that Houshang was just as much a life coach as a cycling coach.”
- Tyler Hansen
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Houshang Amiri wins Prestigious Coaching Award

November 23, 2010

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Houshang Amiri and Minister Gary Lunn at the 2008 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards



Pacific Cycling Centre Head Coach, Houshang Amiri, has received one of the most prestigious national coaching awards — the 2010 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award.

Awarded annually by the Coaching Association of Canada, the Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards recognize coaches whose athletes have excelled at World Championships and/or the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Amiri received the award for coaching Brian Cowie and Devon Smibert to a tandem bronze medal at the World Para-cycling Championships in November 2009 in Manchester, England.

“It was a great honour to receive this remarkable coaching award,” said Amiri. “This would not have been possible without the help of many others, and the commitment and dedication of Brian and Devon to their training program over past few years, and for believing it is possible.”

“I have been working with Houshang since 2003 and there is no one more deserving of this award,” said Cowie. “My results have shown a steady improvement since I started working with him culminating in the bronze medal at last year’s world championships. I am confident that continuing to work with Houshang will mean continued improvement.”

“Since working with Houshang we have seen steady gains year over year, and it was really rewarding to get onto the podium at world's for the first time in 2009,” said Smibert.

Cowie and Smibert were competing in the B & VI 4000m Pursuit. They competed against Spain in the final in a tense competition where both teams were neck and neck for half of the race. Smibert and Cowie then took control and took the bronze medal by just 1.3 seconds.

Amiri received the award at the Sport Leadership Awards ceremony during the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif in Ottawa on November 19. The Minister of Sport, Gary Lunn was in attendance and congratulated all of the award winners.




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