September 23, 2020
The full impact that coaches have on athletes and communities at all level of sports each and everyday across Canada is, in many ways, immeasurable. For many women and men, the role of coach is a way to give back, be a part of their child's sporting experience or a way to continue in a sport that they have come to love but can no longer play. Many coaches often give freely and without any expected payback or remuneration.
The third week of September has been crowned Coaches Week by sport organizations big and small. In its sixth year, this annual campaign is an opportunity to give women and men who coach a fist bump for making a difference in the lives of athletes of all ages.
To celebrate National Coaches Week 2020, we're showcasing some of the great stories behind four awesome coaches we've interviewed and an inclusion-focused, barrier-busting community collaboration we've covered since launching SeeWhatSheCanDo in 2018. We invite you to read each story, experience the lifelong impact of coaching and see what it takes to step up and lead.
Phyllis Sadoway: The Godmother of Ringette Just Keeps Skating
Get up close and personal with Canada's ringette legend and the winner of the top national coaching award given to Phyllis at the 2019 Petro-Canada Sports Leadership Awards Gala in Richmond, BC.
Christine D'Ambrogio - How to recruit female sport leaders and be a positive role model
We sat down with accomplished elite ball hockey and ice hockey player Christine D'Ambrogio during the 2018 ball hockey season to hear her thoughts on how she got involved in coaching ball hockey for the very first time with the Etobicoke Minor Ball Hockey League. Christine shared why she believed women are an untapped resource for any sports community and offered practical coaching and recruitment tips.
Intro to Coaching: From the view of a newbie
What it takes to start coaching: Lessons from 17 year old ringette coach Alice Sandiford.
At the end of the 2017 season, 17-year old Alice Sandiford shared with us the story behind her choice to become a ringette coach and helped us experience her journey to incorporate what she valued in a coach into how she would create her own style of coaching.
Blair Koski Klein: One figure skater's journey to finding strength in her sport
Blair Koski Klein was a figure skater who was at home on the ice. She was a professional figure skating coach who loved her sport her whole life. Her story is one of determination, perseverance, positivity, and inspiration. Her strength was immense and she had a smile on her face 110% of the time. She often credited her family and her time on the ice as both a coach and a skater for getting her through some her life's rough patches…and there were a few. This is Blair’s journey.
MLSE's Toronto Argonauts team up with MIFA to build a love of football
Girls and women were united for a day of football inspiration, skills, and community at the first ever MLSE/MIFA Women's Football Showcase held in October of 2019. See what's possible when collaboration and outside-the-box programming came together to break down barriers and welcome those women who wanted to coach football to women and girls who desired to deepen their appreciation for a game they love to play.
Women in Coaching - More from SeeWhatSheCanDo
Learn more about our SWSCD Women and Coaches Circle
Head to our Women and Coaches Circle Activity page
Building a Gender Balanced Bench: The Value of the Female Coach
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Blogs written by Caroline Wiley, Tina Finelli, and by Judy Coultes-MacLeod.
Photography by Caroline Wiley and Tina Finelli unless otherwise indicated in each particular article.
Caroline bridged her 20+ years of professional experience in the sport and recreation industry together with her passions for photography and supporting women in sport to create SeeWhatSheCanDo. Her vision is to create a welcoming space where active women find a sense of belonging within their own local community, see themselves in an authentic and awe-inspiring way and find resources to help them be their best active selves.
Tina is a Canadian-bred storyteller and Co-Founder of SeeWhatSheCanDo. Lover of all things outdoors, Tina's happy place is surrounded by forest, water and mountains. In moments when she isn't moving outdoors, CrossFitting or playing hockey, you'll find her watching her daughters on the dance floor or playing hockey, reading a book, or cooking up a storm.
Judy loves to share her view of the world from her keyboard – most often with a dose of tongue in cheek humour. When she is not using her mom spidey-sense to juggle the hockey, basketball, rugby, soccer and work schedules of a family of five, Judy may be at the gym in spin class, walking the pooch, playing hockey, or skiing.
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