Coaches Helping Coaches – Sarah & Chris

Sarah & Chris

The Coaches Helping Coaches (CHC) program supports experienced coaches in recruiting and mentoring new coaches into the Ontario sport community. Sarah and Chris   are a coaching pair who successfully completed the program in 2016-2017. Read on to find out more about their experience!

IMG_18821New Coach – Chris Waghorn
Curling Coach
Whitby Curling Club
Whitby, ON
NCCP#6093064

 


Where did you actively begin coaching during the program?

Whitby Curling Club

What NCCP workshop(s) did you complete?

Curling Club Coach Workshop and Making Headway in Sport

What was the most important thing that you learned as part of your NCCP Training(s)?

You are not alone. People who are experienced coaches in curling are very helpful and are willing to give advise when needed.

What is your favourite part of coaching?

I love seeing the smile on someone’s face after you taught a skill and they can do it with confidence. It’s very rewarding and sharing the passion for a sport is great.

What are the next steps for you in coaching?

I hope to continue to assist at the Whitby Curling Club helping people better their skills and enjoy the game of curling.

mixed-team-2016-138x138Mentor Coach – Sarah Gray
Curling Coach
Whitby Curling Club
Whitby, ON
NCCP#5609045

 


Why did you decide to become a coach?

I wanted to start a more structured program for our bantam curlers to further develop their skills. I asked some friends who coached if they would help out. They told me that they would gladly do so, but I also needed to get my coaching certification. So happy that they encouraged and mentored me to become a coach.

What is your favourite part of coaching?

Seeing the ‘light come on’ as the kids learn new concepts and skills. I had a group of younger curlers come out to improve their skills. At first it was like herding cats….always refocusing someone! After about 6 sessions, there was a noticeable difference in attention and teamwork. So rewarding as a coach to watch your efforts become reality.

How has the program benefited you as a mentor?

It helped me to realize how much I have learned since I first started coaching and also how much more comfortable and confident I feel now as a coach.

What type of feedback was given to your New Coach?

Keep things simple. The kids want to have fun first, learn second. Keep learning…talk to other coaches, read, attend courses.

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