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Coaching Association of Canada – Game Plan, powered by Deloitte, and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) have partnered to develop a pilot program to help athletes wishing to transition to a coaching career. The athletes targeted by this initiative are Game Plan eligible athletes – competing Olympians, Paralympians, and national team athletes or those retired for less than two years. The program will partly cover the cost of the athlete’s participation to complete the National Coaching Certification Program’s (NCCP) Competition-Development context or the Advanced Coaching Diploma and help them develop as coaches.

The CAC and Game Plan aim at familiarizing competing and transitioning athletes with the NCCP’s coaching education program. Developing a structure to facilitate the transition to a coaching career will allow for recruitment within the system and a gathering of expertise built through the elite athletes’ careers in the Canadian sports system.

“Many high-level athletes are great candidates to become high-profile coaches,” says Elise Marcotte, Game Plan’s Manager, Marketing & Communications. “Of course, they have a great depth of technical knowledge of their sport, but they also have a meaningful experience easily transferable to a coaching career.”

In this first cohort of the program, eight athletes will be supported to complete the NCCP’s Competition-Development context. They are Geneviève Morrisson (wrestling), Breanne Graham (wrestling), Nicole Garrido (speed skating), Jenna Blasman (snowboard), Kirstie Kasko (para-swimming), Laura Brown (cycling), Antoine Valois-Fortier (judo), et Scott Pfeifer (curling).

The funds will help these athletes’ transition to a coaching career. As speed skater Nicole Girrado said: “This is an opportunity to pursue a career in sport without the stress of financing our participation in the NCCP ourselves.”

On the long term, the program aims at building a relationship between Game Plan, the CAC, NFSs, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and the Canadian Paralympic Committee. This will facilitate the transitioning of high-level athletes to a coaching career, guarantee the high quality of our next generation of Canadian coaches, and promote the sharing of the athlete’s knowledge with the next generation.

About Game Plan:

Game Plan, powered by Deloitte, is Canada’s total athlete wellness program that strives to support national team athletes to live better and more holistic lives. Through the development of their skills and network, athletes are able to focus on health, education, and career opportunities both during their high-performance career and beyond. The program helps to develop mentally stronger athletes who apply what they have learned as leaders in sport for the betterment of themselves and their communities.

Game Plan is a collaboration between the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), Sport Canada and Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSIN) to provide the best resources this country has to offer to our national team athletes – a team that has given so much and inspired so many.