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2019 Canada Winter Games Apprentice Coach Programs

2019 Canada Winter Games Apprentice Coach Programs

Thursday, 3rd May 2018

The Canada Games Council is pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 Canada Games Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program (ACCP) and Women in Coaching Program.

“We are proud to support and develop the 2019 Canada Games apprentice coaches through continued National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) education,” says Lorraine Lafrenière, CEO of the Coaching Association of Canada. “This is an important program, which targets increased participation for Indigenous and women coaches.”

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 2 coaches of aboriginal ancestry to the Canada Games in apprenticeship roles.

“The Aboriginal Sport Circle is very proud of the inclusive partnership that was developed, in order to provide support and professional development opportunities to the Aboriginal Apprentice Coaches that will attend the 2019 Canada Games. Thank you to the CGC, CAC and PTCRs for their ongoing support of the AACP. “ Heather Kaulbach, Executive Director, Aboriginal Sport Circle.

Below is the list of apprentice coaches taking part in the AACP:

NL | Trent Pennell | Badminton

QC | Paul Vollant | Men's Hockey

MB | Ocean Albert | Badminton

MB | Scott Antaya | Hockey

AB | Perry Sawyer | Boxing

AB | Anne-Marie Behnke | Figure Skating

BC | Jennifer Gilligan | Women's Hockey

BC | Curtis Smecher | Archery

NU | Murteza Dareshshopipour | Badminton

SK | Vernon J Linklater | Boxing

PE | Logen Lewis | Archery

NT | Lori Rutherford | Biathlon

NT | Neco Towtongie | Hockey

YK | Michael Tuton | Hockey

YK | Sarah Walz | Archery

The Women in Coaching Apprenticeship Program (WiCAP) is a partnership between the PTCRs, the CGC, and the CAC. This program provides the opportunity for each province and territory to send two female coaches to the Canada Games in apprenticeship roles.

“We have heard from apprentice coaches who have been involved with these programs in the past that it's an incredibly valuable experience,” says Tom Quinn, Canada Games Council Chairman. “These apprentice coaches will be mentored under top level coaches in their respective sport disciplines and will have direct involvement in preparation and competition.”

Below is the list of apprentice coaches taking part in the Women in Coaching Program.

AB| Katya Dittrich | Biathlon

AB | Alanna Butler | Cross Country Skiing

BC | Jennifer Gibson | Long Track Speed Skating

BC | Andrea Stapff | Cross Country Skiing

MB | Mary Prendergast | Speed Skating

MB | Amanda Pierson | Gymnastics

NB |Sandrine Caron | Cross Country Skiing

NB | Cathleen Trafton | Alpine Ski

NL | Nancy Oliver | Badminton

NL | Julie Blanchette | Gymnastics

NS| Kirsti Mason| Ringette

NS | Shauna Neary | Hockey

NU | Lisa Kresky | Gymnastics

ON | Ally Dandy | Alpine

ON | Angele Caporicci | Biathlon

PE | Sami Senter | Women’s Hockey

PE | Caitlin Campbell | Biathlon

QC| Élaine Allard | Wheelchair Basketball

QC | Marie-Pierre Parent | Biathlon

SK | Mel Brockman | Ringette

SK | Tasje Sharron | Figure Skating

NWT | Whitney Weaver | Judo

NWT | Tehnille Gard | Hockey

For more information about the AACP click here

For more information about the Women in Coaching Program click here.

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