Coaching Association of Canada

Mentored Coaches Set to Participate at the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Red Deer, Alberta (February 15) - As part of the Canada Games Apprenticeship Program, 23 women and 12 Indigenous coaches from across Canada will meet in Red Deer, AB to participate in the 2019 Canada Winter Games this February.

In an effort to provide women and Indigenous coaches with a practical and integrated major national multi-sport games experience, the Canada Games Apprenticeship Program pairs these select coaches with identified mentors. Their connection allows for the coach to receive support from their mentor coach throughout the duration of the program. Ultimately, they will come together at the Canada Games.

“We are excited to showcase Canada’s calibre of coaching talent as we come together as a nation in celebration of sport,” says Lorraine Lafrenière, Chief Executive Officer of the Coaching Association of Canada. “It’s also a great opportunity to give coaches that first-hand experience to work on the sidelines at Canada’s national multi-sport games.”

The Canada Games is a high-level, national multi-sport competition held every two years, alternating between summer and winter. Top amateur athletes in Canada train to be chosen to represent their respective province or territory and compete for the Canada Games Flag and Centennial Cup.

This year’s Canada Games take place between Feb. 15 and March 3, showcasing 19 sports across 150 events. The two-week event also includes a major arts and cultural festival.

“On behalf of the Coaching Association of Canada, I want to congratulate all of our coaches and athletes and wish them the best of luck in the upcoming Games,” says Lafrenière. “Based on the incredible talent each province and territory has brought forward, Canadians are in for a great show!”

Connecting apprentice coaches with high-performance mentor coaches, the Canada Games Apprenticeship Program encourages continued education and participation from populations that are traditionally underrepresented in coaching. The Program also provides the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) training as well as additional professional development opportunities.

About the Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program

The Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program is a partnership between the Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives (P/TCRs), the Canada Games Council (CGC), and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). This program provides the opportunity for each province and territory to send two female coaches to the Canada Games in apprenticeship roles.

About the Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program (AACP)

The AACP is a partnership between the Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC), the Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sport Bodies (PTASBs), the Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives (PTCRs), the Canada Games Council (CGC), and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). The program provides the opportunity for each province and territory to send two NCCP coaches of aboriginal ancestry to the Canada Games in apprenticeship roles.

About the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is the CAC’s flagship program and has been identified as a world leader in coach education. It is currently the largest adult continuing education program in Canada. The CAC is committed to ensuring that all coaches receive training based on best practices in instructional design, ethical decision‐making and with content that is relevant, current and which leads to the development of competent coaches.

For more information the Canada Games Apprenticeship Program, please visit www.coach.ca, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or like us on Facebook. Follow the Canada Games Live at www.canadagames.ca.


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For more information, contact:
Natalie Rumscheidt
Director, Marketing and Communications
Coaching Association of Canada
613-235-5000 x 2051
nrumscheidt@coach.ca