Swimming Canada Announces Female Coaching Workshop ‘Taking the Stage’

Twelve female coaches from across Canada will partake in a female coaching leadership workshop called “Taking the Stage” next month, Swimming Canada announced Monday.

The workshop, put on in conjunction with Canadian Winter Olympics-focused non-profit Own the Podium and leadership consultant The Humphrey Group, will take place February 8th-9th in Ottawa. Per Swimming Canada‘s press release, the training is intended to help women learn to communicate effectively and “unlock the power of their voice and achieve a confident and authentic presence.”

“The Coaching Enhancement Program is pleased to support Swimming Canada in their development of female high performance coaches,” said Own the Podium High Performance Coaching Advisor Laura Wilson. “The value gender equity brings to sportis well known, and sport will achieve the Government of Canada’s target of gender equity in sport at every level by 2035 through innovative practices such as these.”

Participating coaches (listed with their home provinces):

  • Janet Hyslop – Ontario
  • Marta Belsh – New Brunswick
  • Melanie Melanson – New Brunswick
  • Tina Hoeben – BC
  • Vicki Keith – Ontario
  • Cathy Pardy – Ontario
  • Mandi Smith – BC
  • Zoe Miles – Nova Scotia
  • Annie Wolfe – BC
  • Wendy Johnson – Alberta
  • Amélie Poirier – Quebec
  • Marie Bergeron – Quebec

Swimming Canada High Performance Director and National Coach John Atkinson added: “Opportunities such as this are critical to the development of coaches working in both the Olympic and Paralympic programs.”

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Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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