The Legalization of Cannabis: Insights for Organizations

The legalization of cannabis in October 2018 has significant implications on the Canadian sport system, ranging from anti-doping policy, to athlete and staff safety and wellbeing, to risk management for organizations. In November, Julia Dales, Associate Lawyer with Dentons , joined SIRC through a webinar to discuss cannabis laws in Canada. The webinar was designed to increase understanding of the...Read more

Tips for Inclusive Programs for Persons with Disabilities

December 3, 2018 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities . This year’s theme is “ Empowering People with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality”. Here in Canada, we have reason to celebrate. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, is shepherding Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, through its parliamentary process...Read more

Powered by the People: the Magic of Crowdfunding in Sport

Funding for sport is changing and government support is increasingly more difficult to obtain, but the money is out there – it just needs to be found. A relatively new fund development tool is crowdfunding. Think about it, a crowdfunding campaign is similar to sport - it’s time sensitive, there’s a very clear goal, it’s competitive, and best done together. Whether it’s at the national level for...Read more

Cut from the team: How parents can help their kids cope

Deselection (or being cut) from a sports team can be a crushing experience for young athletes. After being cut, athletes often experience a range of negative psychosocial and emotional consequences such as a loss of athletic identity, sense of self, friendships, connectedness to school, and decreased academic performance, along with feelings of anxiety, humiliation, and anger. Recently within...Read more

Building a genuine feedback culture within your sport starts at the top

Sport is often held aloft as an example of an environment where feedback flows easily. As a communications coach and management consultant working with business leaders across North America, I often publicly herald the virtues of the feedback culture I witnessed and experienced in the sport arena, and criticize the dearth of effective feedback habits in the corporate world. But using sport as the...Read more

Tapping into the evidence: The Sport Canada Research Initiative Conference

This year marks the 12 th Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI) Conference, hosted by SIRC. First held in 2005, the SCRI Conference provides an opportunity for the Canadian sport sector to connect with sport-related resaerchers. The conference program is designed to engage key stakeholders, share research and evidence to inform decision-making, and ultimately enhance the impact and performance...Read more

Inclusion requires action! Creating inclusion for newcomers to Canada

It is clear that the next generation will be diverse, multicultural and, apparently, much less fit than the previous generations. Research points in this general direction, but results from the recent TOPO survey , released in May 2018, demonstrates this trend clearly. The 2017 survey engaged 13,400 children and 7,800 parents across all school boards on the Island of Montreal to explore lifestyle...Read more

Promising practices to support multi-sport programming

When kids specialize early in one sport or activity, it doesn’t guarantee they will be successful athletes in the long term (Malina 2010). To the contrary, research has revealed that they tend to get injured more frequently, burnout, and quit (Jayanthi et al. 2013, Jayanthi et al. 2015, Fraser-Thomas et al. 2005). This is why many coaches and health professionals are now saying that we should...Read more

The Car Ride Home

Active for Life has declared the first week of October “ Parents in Sport Week .” Parents play an undeniably important role in the lives of young athletes – providing opportunities for participation, serving as role models, and helping athletes make sense of their sport experiences. The ways that parents engage with their children during the car ride home after games and practices has the...Read more

#ThanksCoach – Celebrating National Coaches Week 2018

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September 22 - 30, 2018, marks the fourth annual National Coaches Week – an opportunity to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. There are many reasons why people get involved in coaching sport: as parents, we want to spend time with our child in an active way; as individuals, we want to volunteer and get involved in our community; as...Read more