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McKay up for Coaching Manitoba honour

Head coach Tanya McKay is nominated at the Coaching Manitoba Impact Awards April 21.
Head coach Tanya McKay is nominated at the Coaching Manitoba Impact Awards April 21.

A handful of coaches with Wesmen ties are in line to be honoured at the Coaching Manitoba Impact Awards later this month.

Wesmen women's head basketball coach Tanya McKay is one of six coaches nominated for the Peter Williamson Memorial Award, which honours coaches of high-performance athletes.

Over the past two seasons, McKay has guided the Wesmen to a 32-8 record, as well as post-season berths in three of the past four years.

McKay was named a Basketball Manitoba coach of the year in 2014 and was a 2015 finalist for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. McKay started with the Wesmen as an assistant under previous coach Tom Kendall and has led the program as head coach for the past 20 seasons.

Alyssa Grant, a former Wesmen player and assistant coach who will rejoin the team as an assistant in 2018-19, was also nominated in the same category as McKay. 

In addition to McKay's nomination, former Wesmen player Skylar Boulanger, who recently completed her fifth year of eligibility with the women's basketball team, and men's head basketball coach Mike Raimbault are set to be recognized with international coach recognition. Boulanger coached the North American Indigenous Games under-16 team, while Raimbault guided the under-19 NAIG boys team.

Additionally, former Wesmen volleyball player Jayme Menzies, and former U of W College volleyball coach Josh Thordarson are both nominated for the Konica Minolta Dr. Jack Hunt Memorial Award, which is awarded in the developmental coaching category.

The Impact Awards are slated for April 21 at the Club Regent Events Centre.