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September 23, 2020

Let's celebrate women who coach: 5 stories that inspire


National Coaches Week - A chance to say #ThanksCoach

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.



Make a difference. Be the difference. The role of a coach.

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.


(Photo: Courtesy of the late Blair Koski Klein)


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

Journey to Coaching

Building a Gender Balanced Bench: The Value of the Female Coach

CYGHA Coach Tayler Gorman Leads With Passion and Confidence



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