Balance for Better: Gender Equity in Sport Leadership Benefits Everyone

CAAWS Roundtable with Minister Duncan

- November 2018

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been towards gender equity in sport leadership, but also to remind the sport sector that we still have work to do to ensure that women’s voices and opinions are equally valued and represented. This year’s international theme for March 8 is #BalanceforBetter - encouraging everyone to work towards a more gender-balanced...Read more

Sport Insight: The rule change that revolutionized curling

SIRC’s Sport Insight series features blogs and articles that examine innovation and evolution in the sport landscape. It started as a practice drill between two brothers and grew into the rule that transformed the sport of curling: the Free Guard Zone rule. Russ Howard, one of the best skips in Canadian curling history, is credited with devising the first version of the rule in the 1980s – and it...Read more
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Resolving conflict: The power of dialogue and authentic apology

Healthy conflict is an important part of productive work relationships, but the moment that conflict morphs into something more insidious, issues ensue. In the world of sport we often praise a win-at-all-costs approach to any challenge. When a prospective opponent faces us, we put up our fists, ready to defend our territory. Has this mentality permeated our approach to communication and...Read more

Athlete Perspective: How to manage social media during competition

SIRC’s Athlete Perspective series provides insight and recommendations on key issues from an athlete’s perspective. The collection of blogs and SIRCuit articles profiles Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes and taps into their lived experience. While social media can have many positive uses for athletes, such as interacting with fans, creating a brand, and providing value for sponsors,...Read more

Teaching life skills through sport

This blog is the second in a series by the authors on positive youth development in sport. Check out the first blog, Tips on how to deliver a quality youth sport program . Sport is often celebrated as a platform through which to develop life skills, such as communication, teamwork, and respect. Approaches to develop these skills fall into two categories: Implicit approaches - where the inherent...Read more

Investing in Leaders is Smart Risk Management Strategy

The Sport Leaders Retreat is a “leadership development boot camp” for sport leaders from provincial/territorial, national and multi-sport organizations. Hosted by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and the Sport Law & Strategy Group , the program is designed to help sport leaders access to new ways of relating to self, others and the world around them. The 2019 deadline for applications...Read more

We Need to Talk about Mental Health

Life as a high-level athlete has its ups and downs. There is success and failure, stress, pressure, endless doubts, injuries, days where you are surrounded by people and others where you are completely by yourself. It’s a train of emotions, one after the other, almost simultaneously. It can be too much to process. In the past year, many athletes and international celebrities have united their...Read more

Putting Multi-sport into Practice

The Coaching Association of Canada’s 2018 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Conference focused on fostering positive change in the sport system through influence. One panel discussion attracted attention with the simple question: Is there a future for multi-sport in Canada? Led by an expert panel that included Carolyn Townsend (Sport Nova Scotia), André Lachance (Baseball Canada), Richard Monette (...Read more

2018 Year in Review

As we ease ourselves into the year ahead, here is a round-up of the most popular SIRCuit articles and SIRC blogs from 2018! Top 5 SIRCuit articles The implications of cannabis legalization for athletes Issues in athlete identification and selection: Are we compromising talent? A year in the making – Reflections on Canada Artistic Swimming’s new name, new brand and commitment to excellence The...Read more

Athlete Perspective: The Value of Mentorship

SIRC’s Athlete Perspective series provides insight and recommendations on key issues from an athlete’s perspective. The collection of blogs and SIRCuit articles profiles Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes and taps into their lived experience. Success isn’t accomplished alone. It takes a balance of hard work, open mindedness, and most importantly, mentorship. As long ago as 1978, the Harvard...Read more
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