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Ontario Hansard - 25-April2013

Mr. Frank Klees: I rise today to congratulate Newmarket resident Reg Chappell for being recognized as the Ontario male coach of the year. Reg is into his 50th year of coaching, and over those years has inspired and motivated numerous young athletes to become the best they can be. Reg founded the Aurora Swim Club, Master Ducks, the Stouffville Swim Club and the Ducks Swimming Club.

As a national-class coach, Reg has shown national swim qualifiers since 1971, with numerous swimmers qualifying for Olympic trials. Two former age group swimmers went on to make Olympic teams in 1976 and again in 1992. Among the athletes he inspired to achieve their goals was Summer Ashley Mortimer, who won four medals-two gold, one silver and one bronze-at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, where he had the honour of coaching our Canadian swimmers as the Canadian Paralympic coach.

Among his many honours over the years was the Special Achievement Award, bestowed on Reg by the Ontario Swim Coaches Association in 1980, 1985 and 2005.

Speaker, I ask all members of the Legislature to join me in congratulating Reg Chappell for being named the Ontario male coach of the year.

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