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North Van's Steve Bush earns Lifetime Achievement Award for coaching

Longtime national team water ski coach honoured by Coaching Association of Canada
North Vancouver water ski coach Steve Bush receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Coaching Association of Canada at a ceremony held Nov. 12 in Ottawa. |

North Vancouver’s Steve Bush was recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Coaching Association of Canada in recognition of his decades-long career as the head coach of Canada’s national water ski team.

Bush has been the head coach of the national team since 1978. In that time Canadian athletes have claimed more that 180 world championship medals, earning the country global recognition as one of the top water ski nations in the world.

“Steve has contributed enormously to Canada’s water ski national team and to the sport community in Canada.” CAC board of directors chairman Paul Carson said in a release. “Steve truly deserves to be celebrated for his lifelong commitment to coaching, and we are honoured to present him with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of all he has achieved over the past four decades.”

Bush, who often plies his trade in the calm ocean waters near Deep Cove in Indian Arm, said the award was particularly meaningful for him as he is retiring from coaching this year.

“To be recognized outside of your own sport is really special and I feel truly honoured to receive this prestigious award,” he told the North Shore News. “It puts a finishing touch on my career.”

The award was presented at a ceremony held in Ottawa Nov. 12.