Ontario's Head Coaches Named
AFL Ontario is pleased to announce that it has selected Candace Kwan (women) and Daimin Bodnar (men) as head coaches for the 2018 Ontario Provincial teams. Daimin and Candace are tasked with preparing Ontario athletes to compete in the Canadian Nationals tournament being hosted by AFL Ontario from June 30 to July 1. Assistant coaches will be selected and named in the coming weeks.
Both coaches demonstrate great passion for the game and player development. They have acted as coaches for their respective teams, and have distinguished playing careers in AFL Ontario and beyond.
Daimin Bodnar (Men)
Daimin has played over 100 games with the Toronto Rebels in AFL Ontario. He acted as co-captain in 2013, captain in 2014, and as head coach since 2015. He has also earned a series of accolates, including the AFL Ontario leading goal kicker from 2001-2003, and its Best and Fairest in 2001.
His passion for developing football is made clear when looking at the strides the Rebels have made recently, including their 2016 premiership. In 2017, Daimin also led a bid to reinvigorate the Ontario Canadian All-Star team, vowing to see Ontario talent shine nationally and internationally in years to come.
Candace Kwan (Women)
Candace has been a player with the Hamilton Wildcats in AFL Ontario since 2012. She has also been a member of the Canadian National team since her first year playing footy, and was a member of the championship team that competed in the International Cup in 2014. She was also a member of the inaugural Ontario Provincial team in 2016.
While dealing with injury over the years, she has stepped up to help coach the Wildcats. In 2018 she has joined the High Park Demons as one of the club's women's coaches. Rounding out her coaching career to date, Candace has also coached high school level soccer and basketball.
Please join us in welcoming Candace and Daimin in their new roles!