Forest, On native Colette McAuley has won the special achievement award for contributions to sports beyond athletic endeavours.
McAuley has coached rugby for almost two decades, guiding a number of teams to championships at the high school, university and national levels.
In 2016 she led the University of Guelph Gryphons women's squad to an OUA title. She became Guelph's head coach in 2007 after a decade as an assistant coach.
McAuley, who has been named U SPORTS Coach of the Year three times in her career (2008, 2015 & 2017), emphasizes the technical aspects of the game but is also a believer in developing the psyche of her players, having them focus on short-term goals and turn anxiety into energy to be used on the pitch. That teaching approach has worked, both at the university level, and with her extensive involvement in various national teams.
She has represented Canada 21 times for the national women's 15s team at the World Cup and several Canada Cups.
She was also a national level athlete from 1996 to 2007.