Coaches Helping Coaches – Vanessa & Jeanine

Vanessa & Jeanine

The Coaches Helping Coaches (CHC) program supports experienced coaches in recruiting and mentoring new coaches into the Ontario sport community. Vanessa and Jeanine are a coaching pair who successfully completed the program in 2015-2016. Read on to find out more about their experience!


Jeanine EnnsNew Coach – Jeanine Enns
Assistant Coach
Olympium Synchronized Swimming Club
Toronto, ON


Where did you actively begin coaching during the program?

Lead coach of 10 and under pre-competitive team at Olympium Synchronized Swimming Club in Toronto

What NCCP workshop(s) did you complete?

Making Ethical Decisions

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

The most important thing I learned through the NCCP sessions is that not only are coaches responsible for developing athletes, but they also are responsible as leaders, supervisors and motivators. As coaches, we wear many “hats”, and the athletic component is only one of them.

What is your favourite part of coaching?

My favourite part of coaching is watching my athletes progress throughout the season and achieve their performance goals. I also enjoy seeing them grow as individuals, becoming more responsible, mature and knowledgeable human beings.

What are the next steps for you in coaching?

I am currently working towards achieving my Competition Introduction certification to allow me to coach at a more competitive level.

Vanessa Bessey

Mentor Coach – Vanessa Bessey
Program Director
Olympium Synchronized Swimming Club
Toronto, ON


Why did you decide to become a coach?

To give back to a sport that had given me so much and taught me so many things.

What is your favourite part of coaching?

Having a positive influence on young children’s lives and having the opportunity to teach them life lessons through sport.

How did the program benefited you as a mentor?

I had the opportunity to discover the challenges that newer coaches can encounter. To try and give advice very specific to their training situation and team environment

What type of feedback was given to your New Coach?

Overall she made good progress in the areas that she wanted to work on, however it is something that she will need to continue to work on for years to come as much of it is learned through experience. I will continue to check in on her over the years and am happy to still be a resource for her so that she can continue to develop as a coach.

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Apply for the 2016-2017 Coaches Helping Coaches Program during National Coaches Week in Ontario September 17-25, 2016

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