TORONTO – June 15, 2023 – Today, CAO and Hydro One announced the 38 recipients of Hydro One’s Indigenous Hockey Coaching Grant. Coaches from more than 25 Indigenous communities across Ontario received funding to increase Indigenous representation in sports leadership.
Grant recipient, Mike Richon of the G’Chimnissing hockey team from Beausoleil First Nation and hopes to continue to motivate his players, while offering a safe and encouraging space to nurture their growing athletic abilities. “Being a part of a league is important to these young athletes, it promotes leadership development and a healthy sense of competition,” said Mike Richon. “A huge part of building inclusion and self-esteem is ‘looking’ the part. This grant will enable us to buy new jerseys for our players, among other essentials.”
“A coach has the power to inspire generations of youth to excel in not only sport but in everything they do,” said Jeremy Cross, Executive Director, Coaches Association of Ontario. “Each day, we support coaches across Ontario in creating safe and positive experiences for all athletes. We are thrilled for the recipients of Hydro One’s new grant and are excited to watch them inspire and encourage young players of this magnificent game.”
“Being part of a team is an invaluable experience, and Hydro One is proud to help make hockey more inclusive, safe and fun for everyone,” said Penny Favel, Vice President, Indigenous Relations, Hydro One. “Coaches are powerful role models and leaders to their athletes, teams and communities. This grant will provide more opportunities for Indigenous coaches to share the power of sport.”
The following coaches and communities were selected to receive up to $1,500 from Hydro One and the Coaches Association of Ontario:
Initially announced at the Little Native Hockey League (Little NHL) tournament in Mississauga in March, Hydro One’s Indigenous Hockey Coaching Grant aims to help remove barriers and make hockey more affordable and accessible to coaches and young players from Indigenous communities. The grant will help assist with out-of-pocket expenses incurred for such items as equipment, travel, childcare and training.
“First Nations inclusion and representation in sport is the first step in getting our youth excited about being on a team,” said Patrick Madahbee, Acting President, Little NHL and Member of the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation. “This grant from Hydro One and the CAO will have continued positive impacts on the teams, the coaches and the players by knocking down any barriers that may have held them back in the past.”
This year’s Little NHL tournament saw more than 2,400 Indigenous children and their coaches participate in a fun-filled, week-long tournament. Hydro One’s Indigenous Hockey Coaching Grant builds on the company’s existing partnership with the CAO and the Little NHL, which has been bringing Indigenous athletes together for close to half a century.
Through its community investment program, Hydro One focuses on building safe communities in Ontario, and directs at least 20 per cent of its corporate donations and sponsorships to Indigenous communities and initiatives that benefit Indigenous communities. The company also supports programs, events and initiatives that focus on safety training and safe play. Some of its partners include The ACT Foundation and Coaches Association of Ontario.
For more information about the grant and the partnership between Hydro One and CAO, please visit safesport101.coachesontario.ca/lnhl.
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Helping remove barriers to Ontario indigenous coaches
The Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, is investing up to $1 million through Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities to promote active recreation in Ontario. This funding will help children and youth reconnect with sport and recreation at the grassroots level, with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Thanks to this investment Jumpstart is able to offer access to the Keeping Girls in Sport (KGIS) online learning resource at no cost to as many as 1,500 coaches and program leaders in Ontario.
Keeping Girls in Sport is an online resource that helps coaches and youth activity leaders create safe and respectful environments for female athletes, ensuring girls stay enrolled and engaged in sports and physical activity.
Below are instructions to access the free registration from May 9 to June 30, 2022 (or 1,500 registrations):
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One of many effective coaching attributes is the ability to develop a strong coach-athlete relationship. By building your emotional intelligence to develop intrapersonal and interpersonal skills, you are taking steps towards building stronger relationships with those around you including your fellow colleagues, and most importantly, your performing athletes. But what exactly is EI, and how can you harness the power of it to your advantage?
Strong Emotional Intelligence can help you:
Date: February 24, 2021Time: 7 – 8pm ESTCost: FREEPD Point: 1 PD Point
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Dawn Turner – Diving – Ottawa
Tough during a virtual world at the moment but building strong relationships on and off the course by being interested in other activities as a team. Go out for hikes, do crafts, recommend a movie, study groups. Just being together encourages a stronger team atmosphere.
Sophie Anderson – Soccer – Ottawa
Talk a bit more about roles and open up on strengths and weaknesses (building greater trust between coaches and getting comfortable with our vulnerability).
Elliott Rae – Multi-Sport – Toronto
I can promote a stronger relationship with my coaching staff through providing a better environment. If I were to allow myself to be vulnerable with my staff, I believe I could foster a healthier relationship with them. Another action that I could do with my coaching staff is unite the values, ambitious, workload, and ideas.
Dorothy Penner – Orienteering – Edmonton
Our coaching team is a very small, close knit group of volunteers. We have a great relationship currently but want to ensure that this can carry on as we introduce new coaches to our group. Staying in touch and doing activities together would be our biggest relationship promoters.
Glen Powney – Hockey – LaSalle
Delegate certain responsibilities to each Staff member; use their expertise and make them feel valuable. Listen to their ideas as well.
Chris Cook – Rugby – Brockville
Listening, listening, listening! This is the essential piece for connecting and implementing a program that is inclusive and responsive to everyone’s needs.
Norman Clarke – Basketball – Toronto
Have more time together away from the actual coaching. More opportunities for coaching staff to take the leadership role.
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Returning to the playing field after a layoff, whether from injury, a facility closure or a cancelled season can be a challenge for any athlete. Understandably, many athletes want to jump right in and get back to work. However, it is important to remember that it takes time to regain the same level of fitness and performance that they enjoyed before their hiatus. Trying to do too much, too quickly can result in undue emotional, mental and physical stress, and potentially injury.
In this webinar, Sylvie Tetrault (Sports Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning – Gary Roberts High Performance Training) will explore how coaches can help their athletes return to sport safely by looking at:
Nadine Powell – Richmond Hill – Soccer
“Figuring out the proper loads and ensuring they are kept safe and injury-free. An added challenge is dealing with parents who always think intense is better. They don’t understand the demands on athletes and the potential for harm.”
Brian Stittle – Brampton – Hockey
“The need for a step-by-step approach to returning and the recognition that things won’t be the same as they were prior to the disruption.”
Gina Bin – Mississauga – Rowing
“Athletes are dealing with a new reality at this point, and the challenge is motivating our athletes to step into this new reality which for the right now includes training at home on their own. The challenge is to motivate the athletes to move into their training with confidence. We need to talk about their emotional well being especially with the isolation of training, not being able to train with their peers, have their coaches on hand to teach skills and correct techniques. It is more difficult for some to get up and get to the training if they do not have coaches and peers on hand to motivate them. Many have great aspirations for national teams, and the challenge to train with the intensity that they need can be scary at this time.”
Shannon Sandford – Bolton – Gymnastics
“Mental and physical stress of wanting to jump back into training. Making the athlete understand that this could result in an injury and set them back even more can be challenging.”
Claudio Berto – Calgary – Alpine Ski
“Trying to help athletes to understand that it takes time to improve and some just want to find short cuts.”
Scott Rye – Peter – Hockey
“The approach to build from basics again. Normally, they want to jump right in at the last spot/exercises.”
90 per cent of Canadians believe sport will play a key role in helping society rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a recent Abacus Data survey, 90 per cent of Canadians said they believe sport will play a key role in helping society to rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Sport and recreation allow for the creation of strong social bonds and foster a sense of community, both of which have been challenged during these past months.
With the pandemic challenging the way we play sport, coaches and leaders will need the right resources to ensure athletes can continue to train at home and return to sport safely. To support the new ways coaches are navigating sport, Hydro One and the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) have developed Safe Sport 101, a new virtual hub that provides coaches with the tools to keep sport safe, fun and inclusive for all participants. The hub has resources to both support in-person activities when they are deemed safe and to empower coaches with tips and resources to coach virtually.
“We need coaches to have the resources necessary to continue supporting athletes and participants as they navigate this challenging time,” said Jeremy Cross, CAO Executive Director. “This partnership with Hydro One provides coaches with the tools they need to be there for their community throughout the pandemic and moving forward, while keeping safety top of mind.”
“Coaches play an important role in facilitating programs for youth that enhance their physical and mental well-being while keeping them socially connected which is particularly important during this challenging time,” said Jay Armitage, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Hydro One. “We have a responsibility to support community resilience across the province, and are proud to partner with the Coaches Association of Ontario to develop new online safety resources for coaches at a time when they are needed most.”
Coaches and leaders need to be equipped with the right knowledge to create a safe environment for athletes, following the advice of local public health units. Through Safe Sport 101, whether virtually or in-person, coaches have additional tools to support physical and emotional safety for athletes across the province.
Four tips for coaches navigating this time:
Prioritizing safety requires careful planning and implementation to enhance the overall sport experience for all. Coaches can find more safety tips at https://safesport101.coachesontario.ca/ to find the tools and resources to keep sport safe, positive and fun.
Giving coaches tools they need to make sport safe for all