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CAAWS – September 22-29 is #NationalCoachesWeek! Did you know that across men’s and women’s national teams in 2016, only 16% of head coaches were women? Here are two ways you can help advance gender equity in coaching:

  1. If you’re a sport leader whose organization works with coaches, help us learn more about your equity practices. Fill out our Equity in Coaching Survey before October 4!
  2. If you’re a coach or activity leader, learn about coaching practices that are fundamental to keeping girls in sport. Register for the Keeping Girls in Sport E-module!
Fill out the survey!
How can you #ChampionChange with CAAWS? 
  • Gender Equality Week is September 23-28. Stay tuned for our CAAWS news post to learn more about how #EveryoneBenefits when we all work towards making a more gender-inclusive sport system!
  • CAAWS and the Coaching Association of Canada are launching a new project to help sport organizations recruit, retain, and advance women coaches. Learn more about the project here!
  • Applications for our 2020 WISE Fund Grants will open on October 11! We’ve changed our grant criteria this year, so check out our website to catch up on the changes and start prepping your application.
  • The call for members for our Impact Research Committee is open until September 23. If you’re a researcher with an interest in equity and inclusion and/or women and girls in sport, learn more about this opportunity.
  • We’re looking for an academic researcher to support the development of a gender equity audit service. Our request for proposals is open until September 20th!
  • Many sport organizations are turning their attention towards gender equity, but what are key promising practices to help create lasting change? Join CAAWS and guest presenters from Brock University for a webinar about how to build a foundation for change through data collection and planning. Register for Embedding Gender Equity in Your Organization here!

What’s catching our eye this month?

Poster Art: Chandra Melting Tallow

Nuts’a’mat Shqwaluwun is a Cowichan phrase meaning one mind and one voice – the ethos that guide’s Coach Dano Thorne’s approach to gathering young Indigenous women from across Canada to play on the Native Indian Football Association’s (NIFA) U19 women’s team.

A documentary of the same name follows the journey of the NIFA U19 Women’s Team as they travel to Cuba to play two exhibition matches against the Cuban U-19 Women’s Team.

NIFA’s U19 Women’s Team won gold at the World Indigenous Games in 2015 and 2017.

*Content warning: discussions of residential school, suicide

Watch the documentary!

Celebrating organizations that #ChampionChange

The Storm Selects Lacrosse Society is a non-profit founded in British Columbia with the mission to promote the game of lacrosse in a way that respects Indigenous culture, language, history and worldviews.

In B.C., 8% of box lacrosse athletes are Indigenous girls. In 2017, the North American Indigenous Games added a U19 Female Box Lacrosse category – the first time young Indigenous women were able to compete at that level in their sport.  

Storm Selects recently supported one of their athletes, Callie Foreman, to compete as part of the Haudenosaunee Nationals U19 team at the World U19 Field Lacrosse Tournament.

The Storm Selects Lacrosse society was founded in 2017 as a way for the athletes from those games to continue to stay connected as a community, develop their skills, and showcase the value of women in the sport of lacrosse. Bringing women together from different first nations and different skill sets across Canada started a trend that helped to grow the sport and the society.

This year, eight of their original 20 athletes started coaching. Storm Selects believes that when players become coaches, it reinforces and makes the sport stronger. The society works to collaborate and support athletes through development camps and by providing additional equipment.

While their main mandate is to promote girls and women and support them in the sport of lacrosse, Storm Selects also strives to solidify cultural teachings through lacrosse, empowering athletes to challenge themselves while connecting with their culture and community.

Learn more about Storm Selects Lacrosse Society.

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Research that drives us forward

New research from Nicole Tucker and Matea Wasend explores how the gender of an athlete’s head coach impacts the entry of collegiate women athletes into the coaching profession.

While head coach gender was not a significant predictor of women athletes’ likelihood to enter coaching, those who did were 4.1 times more likely to stay in coaching if their head coach was a woman.

For more information on how to support women coaches, check out the Tucker Center’s #SHECANCOACH toolkit, including their Women Coaches Playbook on Being Hired and Retained and their infographic Be An Ally of Girls and Women in Sport.

Visit our website to learn more about how CAAWS is supporting women coaches through our new Equity in Coaching Program and the Female Coach Mentorship Model!

Learn more!
Congratulations to…
  • Catriona LeMay Doan, who was appointed president and CEO of Sport Calgary.
  • Carla Robin and Beth Underhill, who were elected to the Equestrian Canada Board of Directors.  
  • Jessica Berman, who was hired as deputy commissioner of the National Lacrosse League.
  • Michele O’Keefe, who was re-elected to the FIBA Central Board.
  • Linda Cuthbert, who continues to sit on the CGF’s Sport Committee as representative of the Americas.
  • Alana Gattinger, who will serve as the first female manager ever at a Rugby World Cup.