By Sam Cortes, Communications Coordinator

What makes an effective female coach? One that motivates, inspires, and sparks passion within their athletes while helping them thrive and develop important skills in sport and life?

Well, the answer is a lot of things. It takes certification, ongoing education and training, and leadership instincts certainly go a long way. But there’s an additional component that builds confident and competent female coaches. 


The Power of Mentorship

Learning from someone who is experienced and knowledgeable in your field is a valuable tool, and building a supportive female coaching community through mentor/mentee pairings can fuel the development of a positive female influence in sport. What’s more, it can create special relationships that last a lifetime.

That’s why Sport Manitoba Coaching is connecting female coaches across the province through the Female Mentorship Program presented by Bison Transport.


Meet Our Mentors

Meet the female mentors of the upcoming one-year program, which will launch during National Coaches Week from September 19-27, 2020:


Janine Stephens
Janine Stephens is a former Canadian rower from Winnipeg on the Canadian National team. Stephens won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as part of the women’s eights rowing team. She has two World Championship silver medals to her credit, also in the women’s eight, and is the current Provincial Team coach for Rowing in Manitoba. She has twin daughters, a husband and is the president of the Winnipeg Rowing Club.










Donna Harris
Donna Harris is a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) skilled in program development and execution. She was an athlete and coach in the sport of Track and Field with the University of Manitoba. A 4-time CIS (USport) medalist and All-Canadian athlete, Donna has also led programs with Athletics Canada, Athletics Manitoba, and Racquetball Canada, and holds a Master of Arts in Kinesiology. Her thesis explored the impact of passion on the performance and lives of elite coaches and their partners. Donna left sport in 2020 to pursue an opportunity as a wellness consultant in the private sector. She is a co-founder of Toogood Consulting and the Heroes in Our Midst podcast.









Shari Hebert
Shari has been the Manitoba provincial coach for Rhythmic Gymnastics for almost 20 years and the Head Coach of the HPTC International. She is a certified level 4 coach along with a high-level Judge within the sport. Shari is also currently on the Board of Directors for Rhythmic Gymnastics Manitoba.

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Alanna Boudreau
Alanna began her career in sport as a high jumper and participated on many Team Manitoba and National Teams. She has coached at multiple Western and Canada Summer Games and is an assistant coach with the University of Manitoba Bison Track program. Alanna is also currently the Executive Director of Athletics Manitoba.










Wendy Shewchuk
Wendy has been coaching swim since 1986 and has been a full-time coach since 1999.  She has coached Team Manitoba many times and assisted in the planning sessions and training camps. She is also responsible for the planning and implementing of annual swim programs for athletes in the Fundamentals, Train to Train and Active for Life LTAD stages at her club. 









Mentees: Apply Now!

If you self-identify as a female, are a registered coach in Manitoba with a Provincial Sport Organization and have a minimum one year of coaching experience, you could be mentored by one of these outstanding coaches! Visit our website to apply by September 7, 2020

Together with Bison Transport, we can affect positive change and continue to empower females in our sport community.