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What You Missed at #OCC18 – April 20-22, 2018

Over 275 Coaches, Teachers, Administrators and Sport Leaders learned   ‘All the Right Moves’    at the 12th annual Ontario Coaches Conference in London, Ontario. We would like to thank the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for all of their support to the Ontario Coaches Conference from the Quest For Gold Lottery. They have been an unwavering supporter of the Coaches Association of Ontario’s programs since 2006, and we are very grateful for their support in making Ontario a great province to be a coach.

Welcome to London – CONNECT, SHARE, PLAY at #OCC18

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The 2018 Ontario Coaches Conference kicked off on Friday April 20th with world class sport leaders and coaches sharing All the Right Moves to coach and athlete success.

  • Dr. Gordon Bloom,  Director of the Sport Psychology Research Laboratory at McGill University  showcased strategies on how to create a culture of excellence.
  • Clive Brewer, Assistant Director of High Performance for the Toronto Blue Jays discussed a movement competency based approach to developing athletes.
  • Sami Jo Small, Two-time Olympic Gold Medal winning goalie for the Canadian Women’s National Ice Hockey team shared the need to get a little better everyday and it’s not always about the medal.


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(Clockwise from the top left: Dr. Gordon Bloom, Clive Brewer, Susan Kitchen, Sami Jo Small) 

Movement is key not only for athletes but for coaches too! Each morning delegates were greeted with the opportunity to take part in a fitness class and be part of our daily active energizers!

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Saturday morning was full of movement, learning and fun as coaches continued to learn All the Right Moves for long term success.

  • Dr. Ivan Joseph, Award winning Soccer coach and Director of Athletics at Ryerson University showcased how to hone in on self-confidence and train this skill in your athletes.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Sports Psychology Consultant Brenley Shapiro, offered unique insight into how and why the mind leads the body.
  • Three of Canada’s highest profile female coaches, Linda Kiefer, Vickie Croley and Vicky Sunohara, discussed the barriers for women in coaching and we can do to encourage #SheCanCoach
  • Matt Young, CEO of the Personal Sport Record, challenged coaches to think beyond the game stats  and raise the bar on quality sport experiences through 360 athlete development.

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(Clockwise from the top: Dr. Ivan Joseph, Brenley Shapiro, Linda Kiefer, Vickie Croley, Vicky Sunohara, Julianne Hazelwood, Matt Young, Dr. Ivan Joseph)

Saturday lunch, delegates were treated to a special guest interview with Alex Kopacz, 2018 Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist in the two-man bobsled and hosted  by 2012 Canadian Olympic Beach Volleyball Player Martin Reader. Native to London, Alex shared his story of a multi sport athletic career and the impact his coaches have had.

The learning never stopped as Saturday afternoon was jam packed with more  movement, tools and inspiring stories.

  • Mike Shaw shared his personal story of triumph and tribulation while showcasing how to boost athlete focus to enhance performance AND prevent injury.
  • Glen Mulcahy, CEO of Paradigm Sports, unlocked the mystery’s of today’s generation z athlete.
  • Exercise Physiologist Bruce Craven, showcased why speed and strength are important fitness components, but also how to develop appropriate and progressive exercises.
  • Greg Henhawk teaches the ways of a holistic approach to creating a positive environment.
  • Canadian Olympians Rosie Cossar and Kristan Burley demonstrated the value of difference and inclusion through the Canadian Olympic Committees #OneTeam program.
  • CAO and Dr. Lisa Fischer shared insight into Ontario’s concussion safety law.

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(Clockwise from the top left: Mike Shaw, Glen Mulcahy, Greg Henhawk, Mercedes Watson, Rosie Cossar & Kristan Burley, Bruce Craven) 

There  was no better way to end the evening than with a live comedy show featuring award winning comics Geoff Mackay and Michelle Shaughnessy.

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(From left to right: Geoff Mackay, Michelle Shaughnessy)

The last day of the conference got coaches thinking about preparing athletes to move and the cost of winning.

  • Matt Young, Executive Producer of the Cost of Winning, hosted by Martin Reader, shares how the win at all costs attitude and early specialization are driving youth out of sport. (The Cost of Winning documentary)
  • Paralympic Coach and World Record Marathon Swimmer Vickie Keith, discusses creating high quality sport programs that foster accessibility.
  • Douglas Duncan, Heather Clark, Deepa Ganatra, and Chantal Daigle got coaches running and jumping through the Sport for Life Movement Preparation program.
  • Natascha Wesch, Mental Performance Consultant, talked coaches through navigating that little voice in our heads.
  • Canadian Women’s National Basketball Head Coach Lisa Thomaidis, closed out the conference sharing that success exists both on and off the court.

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(Clockwise from the top left: Matt Young & Martin Reader, Vickie Keith, Movement Preparation, Lisa Thomaidis, Natascha Wesch, Deepa Ganata – Movement Preparation) 

Thank you to all the delegates, speakers and partners who made this event a tremendous success. Remember to be like a tree!

Be like a tree.Stay grounded. Turn over a new leaf.Bend before you break.Keep growing. (3)

To view all the photos, visit our album by clicking HERE.

To view available speaker presentations and resources from the event click HERE

**All photos courtesy of Brennan Caverhill**

Interested in learning more and participating in the 2019 Ontario Coaches Conference? Contact  ericm@coachesontario.ca  for more information.