National Indigenous Coaching Awards Recipients


Leanne Sirup
National Level Swim Coach
(British Columbia)

Leanne is a national level swim coach who has coaches at both the Canada Games and the North American Indigenous Games. Leanne has assisted in developing and implementing the Indigenous Community Leadership Program in British Columbia. Throughout the COVID pandemic Leanne continued to engage with her athletes, running Zoom programming and having regular check-ins with her athletes. Leanne provides a variety of programs for her athletes including strength and conditioning programs, outdoor activities and open water swimming.

Patrick Leask
Softball Coach

Patrick Leask is a softball coach in Manitoba. What began as a way for him to stay connected to his children became an opportunity for him to mentor young athletes. Throughout the pandemic, Patrick hosted as many clinics as he could with the restrictions that were in place. He partnered with Sport Manitoba to make the sport more accessible to the young people in his community. Patrick offers free clinics to youth ages 7-16, encouraging athletes who have never played before to try the sport. Patrick is committed to removing barriers Indigenous athletes may have accessing sport in their community.


Meagan Wilson
Iroquois Roots Rugby
(Six Nations of the Grand River)

Meagan is the Head Coach and Co-founder of Iroquois Roots Rugby. She has is currently coaching age athletes from ages 5-10, including the U18 Rugby 7s team and the mini rugby group at her club, as well as a high school girls' team. When developing the Iroquois Roots Rugby model she stressed the importance of cultural and traditional workshops being apart of the camps as she felt this provides Indigenous youth a sense of self and community at these camps and workshops. Meagan has showed great commitment to growing the sport of rugby and providing an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Gregory Meconse
Team Manitoba
(Pinaymootang First Nation)

Gregory started his path to coaching as an elite level soccer player who in the past two years has transitioned to his current role as coach. Gregory is an Indigenous soccer coach with Team Manitoba from Pinaymootang First Nation. Gregory will be coaching with Team Manitoba at the 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) and will be able to share his experiences from NAIG with his athletes.