Coaches Conference 2015 – Wrap up!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Sheraton Parkway North hotel in Richmond Hill for the 2015 Ontario Coaches Conference. It was an amazing weekend of learning, sharing and connecting with Coaches from every level and all sports across Ontario.

Hope to see you all in 2016!  


Full Photo Showcase (231 Photos!)

Power Point Presentations
(check back – we’ll be updating over the next couple of weeks)

If you couldn’t make it, here is some of what you missed.



(From left to right) Olympic swimmer Julia Wilkinson, Olympic sprinter Glenroy Gilbert and Olympic boxer Mary Spencer kicked off the Conference with a panel discussion on words and advice their coaches had given them over the years that had stuck with them and inspired them do achieve great things in and beyond sport.




Top from left: Cindy Tye shares her insights on Coaching Female Athletes, Martin Lemay, from Aiming High: Team Dynamics, CAO staffers Mercedes and Stuart offer some tips on rocking the conference and finding your Breakthrough!

Bottom from left: Shane Joseph, presenter of Saturday’s Coach or Mentor session, Derek Virgo (Strength and Conditioning Program Director for Bill Crothers Secondary School) helps Coaches understand Conditioning Young Bodies, and Martin Lemay in action as Coaches learn how teamwork makes formation sky diving possible.





After a welcome by the Honorable Michael Coteau (Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport – pictured bottom right), Fundraiser, adventurer and part time Super Hero Jamie McDonald wowed the crowd and received a standing ovation for his amazing Keynote Address about running across Canada to raise money for children’s hospitals and unleashing the Super Hero within each of us. Coaches laughed and cried at this powerful keynote, and the capes were enjoyed by all.




The Saturday evening Coaches Social was a real show-stopper! The Honorable Michael Chan (Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade and MPP for Markham-Unionville) introduced the evening and Coaches enjoyed a fantastic synchronized swimming show put on by the young athletes from the Granite Synchro Club.  Then it was time for Pickleball in the gym! Everyone loved getting a sneak peek at the beautiful Markham Pan Am Sport Centre.



Top from left: Coach and CAO Board Member Dr. Earl Church with Blue Jays legend Devon White, International panelists weigh in on Pan/Parapan Am Games prep, and Aussie speaker Emile Studham helps coaches put the fun in sport with his Kangaroo impression.

Bottom from left: Samantha DeLenardo of the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative helps delegates understand the unique mental health needs of varsity athletes, Coach Developers hone their skills in Core training, and the CBC’s Teddy Katz joins Julia Wilkinson in moderating the International Coaches Panel.