The commitment of Estevan's Brenda Lyons to coaching young athletes has earned her another honour.
Sask. Sport announced on January 29 that Lyons has been selected as the female recipient for the Coach Dedication Award from the Saskatchewan Sport Awards. She'll receive the award at a later date.
“You never do it for awards, but it's nice to know that your efforts are recognized, and that your sport is seen among the elite in the province,” said Lyons.
Lyons, who is the volunteer head coach of the Estevan Mermaids synchronized swim club, was nominated by Synchro Sask. But her passion for coaching sports has extended beyond the pool to the baseball diamond, the football field and the soccer pitch.
While she hasn't seen the nomination form that was submitted by Synchro Sask, she suspects that the growth of the Mermaids' club, their results in competitions and their ability to get youth into the provincial high performance program factored into the award.
Lyons dedicates many hours a week to practices, along with planning, coordinating and facilitating efforts. She also spends many hours with her charges when the Mermaids attend meets.
All coaches with the Mermaids are volunteers, and Lyons said it is rare for synchronized swim clubs to not pay their coaches.
“I feel that I'm like a hockey coach or a baseball coach,” said Lyons. “I'm doing it because I love coaching, and because I love the athletes. I'm not doing it because it's my profession.”
Coaching has been a tremendous part of her life, and so Lyons says an award like this is “the icing on the cake” for her time with the Mermaids.