It is National Coaches Week! We celebrate the many great coaches across the country in our awesome sport of biathlon. At the start of coaches week we remember P...at Bobinski who's passing was mourned and memory celebrated today in Hay River, NWT.
The following was read earlier today at Pat's Memorial:
Biathlon Canada and the Biathlon community as a whole miss Pat so much already. Pat was an integral part of our amazing sport. He was a pioneer, a talented coach, a community builder, a mentor and a good friend.
Pat did much for the sport of biathlon (ski and snowshoe) in the North, and by extension the rest of the country. We acknowledge and appreciate the time and heart he gave to the sport. He touched countless young people with his caring and wise spirit. Pat's twinkling eyed smile would catch you from behind the scope, across the trail or in a coaches meeting and fill you with a sense that you were valuable, welcomed and loved.
Pat had an unassuming work ethic. He managed to groom all the trails, setup and fix the range, organize and coach practice, teach and mentor so many and then bring us all together to enjoy his amazing fish soup all in one day. Truly amazing.
Biathlon Canada is honoured to present to Pat posthumously, his Competition Development Biathlon Certification. Pat's legacy will continue to teach us all. We are his legacy and will continue to strive to be better people, better athletes, to come together, support each other and share a meal together, preferable...fish soup.