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Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity – (Toronto, Ontario – December 5, 2018)

On Thursday, November 29, CAAWS gathered almost 100 sport leaders to toss bean bags, build Lego, and lunge across the floor of the MLSE LaunchPad gym – all in the name of learning how to keep girls in sport.

Keeping Girls in Sport: Learning Through Action was dynamic professional development day hosted by CAAWS in partnership with MLSE LaunchPad and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. The day was intended to bring the research behind the Keeping Girls in Sport e-module to life.

Three incredible facilitators led activity-based workshops designed to reinforce content from the e-module.

Gillian White, Director of Knowledge Translation at MLSE LaunchPad, used Lego sets to illustrate the importance of goal setting in motivating girls to participate. Jane King, the Founder and President of King Sport Group, helped our participants get to know their own personal coaching strategies and learn about the principles of positive coaching. And Michelle Bell, Canada Basketball’s National Team Athletic Therapist since 2010, got our participants moving as she taught them how to make injury prevention a fun part of building positive team dynamics.  

Here are our top three takeaways from last Thursday’s event:

  1. Everyone has a role to play keeping girls active.

From seasoned provincial sport leaders to high school students starting their coaching journeys, everyone has something to learn. There’s a role for each of us to play, at every level of the sport system, to keep girls in sport.

  1. Stay up to date on research and best practices specific to girls.

Evidence-based coaching is an essential pillar of sport. Understanding the specific needs of girls isn’t just about equity – it’s about being the best leader you can be for your athletes.

  1. Create opportunities to learn from each other.

Getting a group of people together to learn can help keep everyone engaged and provide an opportunity for deeper discussion. For sport leaders, it’s also a chance to model the actions you want to see in others!

If you missed our event, you can still register for the Keeping Girls in Sport E-Module online at

The e-module addresses how to create safe and respectful environments for girls to participate in sport and physical activity. It was developed by Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities in partnership with CAAWS and the Coaching Association of Canada, and with the expert input of Dr. Vicki Harber.


CAAWS is grateful to Sport Canada for their support of this initiative.


About CAAWS:

CAAWS is dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive Canadian sport and physical activity system that empowers girls and women—as active participants and leaders—within and through sport. With a focus on systemic change, we partner with governments, organizations and leaders to challenge the status quo and to advance solutions that result in measurable change.


For further information, please contact:

Greer Gemin
Communications and Administration Coordinator
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity