Denise Coutts

Bio Of Denise Coutts

Denise was born and raised in the Okanogan where she developed her passion for sport. Growing up she “played everything” and took her passion to the University of British Columbia where she earned her Bachelor of Physical Education and Masters Degree in Sport Administration and Program Planning.

Denise was a loving wife, daughter, sister, mother, aunt, and grandmother who valued family and her girlfriends above anything else. She was passionate about sport, and gave freely and generously of her time, love and energy. Denise was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when she was 21 and nearly died when she was 23 and again when she was 25, and never thought that she would live past the age of 35. She was a competitor and her will to survive was extraordinary. When diagnosed with crohn’s disease in April and melanoma of the uterus in May, Denise continued to live life simply-one day at a time– she “filled her bucket up daily” and went to sleep each night thankful to have cheated the devil of another fabulous day.

Denise worked at Sport BC for 17 years: first at Basketball BC and then as the Executive Director for Squash BC, Badminton BC and BC Disability Sports. She then served as the ED of the Richmond Youth Service Agency, the Minerva Foundation for BC Women, and finally with Pacific Parklands Foundation. Over the years she amassed more than 35 years of provincial, national, and international multi-games sport experience as a player and coach. A dedicated volunteer, Denise sat on the Boards of the Night Hoops Basketball Society, ProMOTION Plus and Sport BC. She was a certified basketball, volleyball, and softball coach and liked to travel, garden and be outdoors, and most importantly, spend time at the cottage with family and friends and her grandchildren Blythe and Blake.

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Night Hoops Awards