We heard/knew from various sources that this year, at the Grand, Florin has received the ‘2009 ATA Shooting Coach of the Year’ award.

And yesterday it came in the mail – a box with Florin’s name on it and with another (smaller) box inside. And inside this second box – the award itself, one of the Tilden desk clocks.

2009 ATA Shooting Coach of the Year
Florin Marinache
“Coaching is an action,
not a title and
actions result in successes.”
I admired it for a while and I keep reading the quote on it… the more I read it, the more I wonder how it came to be on this award.

It is actually holding so much truth…

That’s exactly how I would define his past few years: as a continuous activity, a never-ending action. It is tiresome, sure, but it led him to this wonderful success: not the ‘title’ (how they so nicely define it) but the LearnTrapshooting teams and family. I am again and again awed by his energy, by his new and fresh ideas, by his drive.

I wonder sometimes where will we be in a few years, how will all this evolve.

I have high hopes – and I am prepared to help him pave this wonderful road to success: because that’s exactly what we are doing – building from scratch. I don’t know all the answers and I am sure the process will be sometimes perceived as a hardship – but I am sure the success will be sweeter that way.

All I am sure of right now is that we are not alone – and we again thank all and every single person that helped in one way or another. Even a good word is a great help, trust me! We need more than just words, for sure, but we are as grateful for the encouragement we received throughout the year.

And a heartfelt thank you to whoever nominated Florin for this wonderful award. It is still a bit surreal – as the recognition comes from the highest level in our association… it is an honour and, as far as I know (I will check in the near future) it is going for the first time to a Canadian Coach! We are incredibly happy, honoured, and humbled. I am extremely happy his efforts have been awarded at such a high level – and for those who know us it will come as no surprise that I am not referring here at the award (or not only), but at the actual recognition of his actions.

So – as an LTS athlete, be proud: your Coach is THE BEST 🙂


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  1. Recognition of accomplishments is important… For those of us who have benefited in learning from either of you, it is inspirational. And yet, to anyone who has spent any time with you, Florin and the LTS family, it is merely an acknowledgement of the obvious!!

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