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CAAWS – February is Black History Month!  
Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the legacies and futures of black Canadian athletes, coaches, and sport leaders. Read on for profiles and insights that shed light on some of the various experiences of black women in sport.
How will you celebrate International Women’s Day?  
Every year on March 8, we honour the contributions women have made to the sport community and continue to push for gender equity in all aspects of sport and society.  

Join CAAWS in Ottawa to hear about the results of our newest Women in Sport Leadership Snapshot. 

Register Here!

We’re Hiring!

Do you want to be a part of creating an equitable and inclusive Canadian sport system that empowers girls and women? We’re hiring a Program Manager and a Program Coordinator – come work with us! Deadline for submissions is February 28
How can you #ChampionChange with CAAWS? 
  • Check out the Recommendation Report from the Federal-Provincial/Territorial Sport Committee Work Group on Women and Girls in Sport! CAAWS CEO Allison Sandmeyer Graves was one of the 12 working group members. 
  • Canada Games Coaches and Mission Staff: stop by Coach House on Thursday, February 21 and Monday, February 25 for our Canada Games Women and Sport Days, hosted by CAAWS and the Coaching Association of Canada! Come to celebrate the women coaching at the games, learn more about how you can #ChampionChange for gender equity in sport, and connect with sport experts! 
  • If you’re in Red Deer, register for one of our Leading With Confidence workshops – happening from 9:00-11:00 AM MST on February 21 and February 25 at Red Deer College!
  • If you’re a woman interested in taking on a leadership role in sport but aren’t sure where to start, check out our February 27 webinar with Marg McGregor! Marg is the Director of Sport System Excellence with the Canadian Olympic Committee and a board member of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. Register to reserve your spot!
  • Long Term Athlete Development is crucial to helping athletes reach their full potential. Join our webinar on March 19 to learn how to adapt the LTAD model to serve girls and young women! This webinar will be presented in French by Sylvie Béliveau and Chantal Daigle.  
  • Interested in learning about how to create an inclusive board culture, the value of adding women to your board, and strategies to recruit more women? Join our Women on Boards Webinar on March 27, presented by Dave Patterson, President and CEO of the Canada Games Council. Register to reserve your spot
  • Positive coaching is one of the top reasons why girls stay in sport. Learn more about how to embrace “The Power of Positive Coaching” in our webinar with Jane King on April 3! 
  • The International Physical Literacy Conference (IPLC) 2019 will be held in Winnipeg this coming May – CAAWS will be presenting on our project, Supporting Inclusion of Newcomer Girls and Women. Early bird registration is open until March 7!   
  • Learn how to educate, support, and empower young girls and women! Join CAAWS at York University’s Women and Girls Sport Leadership Conference in Toronto this May, where we’ll be delivering a Leading With Confidence workshop. 

What’s catching our eye this month?

In November, South Carolina Women’s Basketball coach Dawn Staley wrote an op-ed in the Player’s Tribune titled “Where are all the black coaches?” 

Staley says that the most important part of her legacy as a black woman coach is that she changed the face of opportunity for other black women and girls.  

Like Staley, Tamara Tatham is another black woman breaking barriers in sport. Tatham is the newest Raptors 905 mentor coach, and the first Canadian woman on the coaching staff of a pro, North American basketball team. Check out her three-part video interview with CBC Sports!

Celebrating organizations that #ChampionChange


girls addicted to basketball (g.a.b.) is a not-for-profit organization that aims to educate, empower, and build confidence in young girls through the game of basketball.  

Tanya Callaghan, the founder and director of g.a.b., started the program while volunteering for the Swaziland National Basketball Association. She decided to bring the program to Toronto and continue to use basketball as a method to get young girls and women engaged and feeling confident in themselves.

The program focuses on more than just participation; they encourage the girls to consider post-secondary education in Business and Health related fields, and provide leadership opportunities for former participants who return to the program as coaches.  

Considering the whole athlete, including their lives outside of one sport, allows girls to stay engaged and motivated. By offering former participants support and mentorship, g.a.b. is creating a pipeline of loyal and experienced coaches to continue to propel the program forward. 


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Research that drives us forward

Photo: Coaching Association of Canada

Last summer, a study was published by the Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication that explores the history of how black women athletes have adapted to counteract negative stereotypes that affect their success in sport.   

Titled “Beating Opponents, Battling Belittlement: How African-American Female Athletes Use Community to Navigate Negative Images,” the study was commissioned by The Undefeated, a digital journalism platform owned by ESPN that explores intersections of race, sport, and culture. 

Stella Hargett, one of the editors of the study, said that often a black woman’s appearance becomes more important than her athletic ability. Black women athletes are alternately portrayed as either “mannish” or hyper-sexualized – stereotypes that continue to affect black women in sport. 

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Congratulations to…
  • Jennifer Fenton and Colleen Laferriere, the 2018 award recipients for the ProMOTION Plus In Her Footsteps Recognition Program, who have made an extraordinary contribution to the development of opportunities for girls and women in sport and physical activity.  
  • Sylvie Béliveau, a driving force behind coach education in Canada, who received the 2018 IG Wealth Management Community NCCP Coach Developer Award from the Coaching Association of Canada. 
  • Elsa Snyder and Rebecca Vassilakakis, who were named as the recipients of a $500 grant award from the Squash BC Emerging Female in Squash program and are both emerging women leaders in the sport.  
  • Christine Stapleton, who received a YMCA of Western Ontario Women of Excellence Award for her leadership in inter-university sport and recreation programming. 
  • The first all-women officiating crew of a men’s midget AAA hockey game in Saskatchewan.  
  • Leylah Annie Fernandez, a young tennis player from Québec, who was named the recipient of the Rene Simpson-Collins excellence award.