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George Paleniuk
2014 - Builder - Calgary Alberta

Well known as the Alberta Broomball Association's Technical Director, George Paleniuk has a strong background as a very successful coach in our sport. In 1980 George made the transition from football coach to a broomball coach. He was very successful as a coach in high school football, and was a guest coach at the University of Manitoba and University of Alberta training camps. As a matter of fact, George was the founding President of the U of A Golden Bear football Alumni.

In his first year of broomball, he coached a team in Edmonton called "The Queen of Hearts", a member of the 8-team women's league. In each season he coached them, the Queen of Hearts qualified, along with the Selects, as the Edmonton representatives at the Provincials. After that team disbanded in 1985, George moved over to the men's league and coached the Edmonton Hawks team in 1986. He also was a member of the Edmonton Selects coaching staff, and that season, the Selects claimed Alberta's first ever National Championship. His first-year men's elite team (The Hawks) finished runner-up at the Provincials to the Edmonton Cougars.

After a brief retirement as an active coach, George turned to conducting coaching clinics, an activity he is fond of and which he continues to do today. He has put on his coaching & high-performance broomball clinics all over Western Canada, including Inuvik, Yellowknife, Victoria, Vancouver, Chilliwack, Kamloops, hay River, Ft. Smith, Ft. McMurray, Edmonton, Calgary, Cold Lake, Lethbridge, Taber, Saskatoon, Regina and Moose jaw.

In 1989, George returned to coaching on an active basis, by forming an elite men's team, the Edmonton Express. This team was comprised of members of the Edmonton Cougars and Edmonton Hawks. The team won the Provincials and represented Alberta at the Nationals in Winnipeg. The team came home with a bronze medal, the first ever Nationals medal by an Alberta men's team. After the Winnipeg experience, George once again took leave as an active coach and continued his clinics and he also wrote several coaching articles. he also developed a video on high-performance broomball called "Timeout 1" and "Timeout 2". This video is being used today by coaches in 6 different countries.
He resumed full-time coaching duties in 1992, as he coached the Edmonton Selects team. They won Provincials and returned home with a silver medal from the Nationals after a heart-breaking loss to Quebec in the championship final. In 1993, George was asked to coach the Yellowknife Westowe Wheelers, a Junior team from the North West Territories. They finished 4th at the Canadian Junior Championships that were held in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. This was the highest ever placing by a team from NWT and the highlight of the trip was an upset over Quebec, who were the defending Canadian champs. George returned to the men's scene in 1994 as coach of the Lethbridge Panthers. That team had the pleasure of playing for the National title at home, as Lethbridge was hosting the prestigious event. George was named 1st team all-star coach as the Panthers had a good tournament and proved they belonged at that level of play.

George was honored to be asked to take over the duties as head of the Canadian Broomball Federation coaching committee but he declined that position. Instead, he intends to focus on his duties as A.R.A. Technical Director and help out Alberta teams and coaches.

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Published on: April 22, 2014
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