Overview

The Canada Games Apprenticeship Program is a partnership between the Government of Alberta, Canada Games Council (CGC), and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), in addition to the Aboriginal Sport Council (ASC).

The purpose of the Canada Games Apprenticeship Program is to provide women coaches with practical experience through a major national multisport games experience. Selected coaches have direct involvement in preparation and competition and receive support from an identified mentor coach throughout the duration of the program.

This program provides the opportunity for each province and territory to send 2 female, and 2 aboriginal coaches to the Canada Games in apprenticeship roles. The apprenticeship programs are an essential part of the development of a coach. Furthermore, apprenticeship programs can be used as a means to build capacity in underrepresented populations in coaching, such as women and aboriginals.

Objectives

  • Build coaching capacity for women and aboriginal coaches in sport.
  • Provide female and aboriginal apprentice coaches with domestic multisport exposure.
  • Provide female and aboriginal apprentice coaches with enhanced professional development and learning opportunities to prepare them for higher level coaching and ensure an increase in their level of certification to a minimum of Competition Development (Apprentice coaches complete certification within 2 years following the Games).
  • Expose female and aboriginal apprentice coaches to elite coaches’ experiences.
  • Ensure female and aboriginal apprentice coaches are prepared to play a meaningful role during the Canada Games experience.

How to apply

Applications are not being taken at this time.

Participants

Women in Coaching Apprenticeship Program

Alberta apprentice coaches involved in 2022 Canada Summer Games:

  • Chelsea Ross – Rugby
  • Charlotte Farrant – Triathlon

Alberta apprentice coaches involved in 2023 Canada Winter Games:

  • Emily Rendell-Watson – Speed Skating
  • Shanya Shwetz – Hockey

Aboriginal Apprenticeship Coach Program

Alberta apprentice coach involved in 2022 Canada Summer Games:

  • Taylor McPherson – Wrestling

Alberta apprentice coaches involved in 2023 Canada Winter Games:

  • Robert Sibbeston – Curling
  • Alison Desmarais – Speed Skating

Contact

Connect with the Canada Games apprenticeship program:
Email: [email protected]

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