Home > CAO and Hydro One provide game-changing grants to 38 Indigenous coaches to boost representation in sports leadership

CAO and Hydro One provide game-changing grants to 38 Indigenous coaches to boost representation in sports leadership

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:

  • Adam Bernard, U13 Eganville Eagles; U9 Valley Storm; U13 Algonquin Jr Thunderbirds – Eganville
  • Adam Dunseath, Batchewana Thunderbirds U15 Bantam Rec. – Sault Ste. Marie
  • Albert Sutherland, Constance Lake Oji-Crees – Constance Lake First Nation
  • Andrew Corbiere, M’Chigeeng Thunderbirds U13 Peewee Rec.; M’Chigeeng U15 Bantam Competitive – M’Chigeeng First Nation
  • Blake Naponse, Atikamekheng Stingers U11 Atom Rec. – Lively
  • Brent Assinewai, Atikmekshang Goon Squad U18 Girls; U13 Boys Nipissing Warriors & Regular Season; U18AA North Bay Ice Boltz – Spring Bay
  • Brian Bissaillion, Mississauga – Blind River
  • Casey Abitong, Sagamok Eagles U9 Novice Rec. – Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation
  • Catherine Wesley, Attawapiskat Bantams Ice Hawks – Attawapiskat
  • Chad Jones, Saugeen Stars U7 Tyke Rec. – Southampton
  • Clarence Trapper, Moose Cree Scrappers U15 Bantam Competitive – Cochrane
  • Daniel Peltier, Sagamok Eagles U18 – Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation
  • Darcey Sim, Batchewana Thunderbirds U15 Bantam Rec. – Sault Ste. Marie
  • Darryl Williams Jones, Garden River Braves U7 Tyle Rec.; Garden River Braves U13 Peewee Rec. – Garden River First Nation
  • Debra Nolan, Garden River Braves U11 Atom Rec. – Garden River First Nation
  • Gordie Taylor, Hockey Equality – Curve Lake First Nation
  • Heather Cook, Akwesasne U18 Midget Competitive – USA
  • James Panamick, M’Chigeeng Thunderbirds U15 Rec. – M’Chigeeng First Nation
  • Jamie King, Wasauksing Islanders U15 Bantam Rec. – Parry Sound
  • Jamie Cameron, Saugeen Stars U13 PeeWee Girls – Saugeen First Nation
  • Jason Young, Missanabie Cree – Toronto
  • Jonathan Fisher, Walpole Island Hawks U15 Bantam Rec. – Wallaceburg
  • Jonathan Riberdy, Zhiibaahaasing First Nations Penguins Bantam – Zhiibaahaasing First Nation
  • Justin McGregor, Whitefish River Warriors – Birch Island
  • Justin Smith, Kettle and Stony Point Thunder U13 Peewee Rec. – Kettle Point
  • Kayla Soney, Walpole Island Peewee Hawks & Wallaceburg Lakers U9 – Walpole Island
  • Kyle Gee, Six Nations Lady Leafs U18 Girls – Caledonia
  • Leonard Peltier, Wiikwemkoong Lightning U9 Novice Rec. – Wiikwemkoong Unceeded Territory
  • Marvin McLeod, Chi Genebek U13 Peewee Rec. – Cutler
  • Mason William George, Kettle and Stony Point U13 Peewee Rec. – Kettle Point
  • Mike Rochon, G’Chimnissing First Nation – Parry Sound
  • Mike Wilson, U15 Girls Six Nations Smash – Port Dover
  • Pat Primeau, Nipissing Warriors U13 Peewee Competitive – North Bay
  • Philip Penasse, Nipissing Warriors U13 Peewee Girls – North Bay
  • Rodger Martin, Six Nations Blackhawk U11 Atom Girls – Hagersville
  • Shanna Lesage, Moose Cree Scrappers U15 Bantam Rec. – Moose Factory
  • Sherry Tabobondung, Wasauksing Islanders U7 Tyke Rec. – Parry Sound
  • Wendy Coppaway, RFN U13 Peewee Rec. – Orillia

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.

About the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO)
The Coaches Association of Ontario is an independent, non-profit organization that supports coaches from community to high performance across all sports in Ontario. Providing coach development, funding opportunities, and events that support, recognize and represent all coaches across the province.
For more information, please visit www.coachesontario.ca, follow us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

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Home > Canadian Tire JumpStart offering Keeping Girls in Sport resource FREE to Ontario Coaches until June 30, 2022

Canadian Tire JumpStart offering Keeping Girls in Sport resource FREE to Ontario Coaches until June 30, 2022

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):

URL: https://provinceon-kgis.respectgroupinc.com

Program Access Instructions:

  • If you have an existing profile in any other Respect Group program, select “New to this Program?” then “Look-Up”.
  • If this is your first time registering for a Respect Group Program, select “New to this Program?” followed by “Register”.
  • Complete registration.
  • Select “Submit” at the bottom of the page. You will be requested to review and accept the Privacy policy.
  • On the payment page, click “Enter Code”
  • Pre-Registration Code: PO-KGIS-R2R6G7X
  • Once successfully logged in, you will default to the Home page. Select Program Access to view the modules.
  • To re-access the program, return to the same URL indicated above and enter the username and password created during registration.

This free access code is available until June 30, 2022, or 1,500 registrations.

Thank you for the work you for the work that you do to keep girls in sport. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to jumpstart@cantire.com if you have any questions.   

Home > Emotional Intelligence & Building Stronger Relationships

Emotional Intelligence & Building Stronger Relationships

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:

  • Relieve stress
  • Communicate effectively
  • Empathize with others
  • Overcome challenges
  • Defuse conflict

    While Emotional Intelligence may sometimes seem like a kind of Jedi mind trick from Star Wars, rest assured this webinar will guide you in understanding EI, how to use specific tools and strategies, and unleash the “force” in your coaching role. Specific emphasis will be placed on team dynamics and coaching staff dynamics.

Date: February 24, 2021
Time: 7 – 8pm EST
Cost: FREE
PD Point: 1 PD Point

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Coach Responses

How important to performance is relationship building amongst your athletes? What can you do to promote relationship building within your coaching team or staff?

What advice/techniques would you give to new coaches?

Share your tips and best practices!

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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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Home > Overtraining After A Layoff: How You Can Help Your Athletes Avoid It

Overtraining After A Layoff: How You Can Help Your Athletes Avoid It

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:

  • What is stress and why is it important to understand?
  • Understanding stress and the Nervous System (Autonomic NS- Sympathetic vs. ParasympatheticStress and the impact on training
  • Stress and the immune system
  • Boosting the immune system through nutrition and lifestyle strategies
  • Stress resilience techniques
Join the Community

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Coach Responses

What are the biggest challenges in preparing your athlete(s) to return to training after a layoff?

What advice/techniques would you give to new coaches?

Share your tips and best practices!

Nadine Powell – Richmond HillSoccer

“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.”

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Home > CAO & Hydro One team up to provide new safety resources

CAO & Hydro One team up to provide new safety resources

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:

  1. Review safety protocols
    When your sport gets the green light, the first step is to ensure you are up to date with the relevant return to play protocols. Coaches should have updated emergency action plans, contact tracing trackers and health questionnaires readily available during all sessions. Free templates are available here. Depending on local circumstances, in-person activities may not be possible. Find the resources to support virtual coaching here.
  2. Easing back into training
    When your sport gets the green light, the first step is to ensure you are up to date with the relevant return to play protocols. Coaches should have updated emergency action plans, contact tracing trackers and health questionnaires readily available during all sessions. Free templates are available here. Depending on local circumstances, in-person activities may not be possible. Find the resources to support virtual coaching here.
  3. Support your athlete’s mental health
    When an athlete is in distress, they may turn to their coach for support. Be a positive role model and build mental health and emotional safety into regular daily conversations with your athletes. Understand that each athlete is unique and support can look different from one person to another.
  4. Keep the lines of communication open
    Keep in touch regularly with your athletes and guardians about the new safety protocols that have been implemented and why they are important. Additionally, work together to set new targets and goals for the year that take into account returning after time away from the sport.

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