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Breaking up the Old Boys club by elevating female coaches (Canada)

The federal government has a goal of achieving gender equity across all levels of sport by 2035.

Minister of Sport Kirsty Duncan announced the development of a?Working Group on Gender Equity in Sport. In the group are experts, leaders and?advocates for girls and women in sport?and in coaching ? Olympians?Hayley Wickenheiser?and?Adam van Koeverden?and former Canadian women?s soccer team head coach?John Herdman?are just a few of the high-profile members.

Currently, only 16 per cent of head coaches in Canadian universities and 16 per cent of Canadian national team head coaches are women.

In Ontario, several coaching bodies and networks partnered with the province to launch Changing the Game ? Changing the Conversation to recruit and support women coaches.

It?s time for leaders in athletic communities to not only celebrate women in coaching, but perhaps also to ask: what can I do to open the door for more women coaches? Then do it.



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