By Sam Cortes, Communications Coordinator

Women and girls are an integral part of the sport system in Manitoba and around the world.  To help them continue to excel and achieve their dreams, our communities can make a big impact by uniting to support gender equality in sport.

In this post, we share what programs, events, and support Sport Manitoba offers right here in our province to advance women and girls as athletes, coaches, and officials. 

 

PROGRAMS

Female Mentorship Program

The Female Mentorship Program, run by Sport Manitoba Coaching, is a crucial effort aimed at boosting the number of confident and capable female coaches across the province. The program focuses on working with mentees who are passionate female coaches and matching them with educated and eager female mentors. 

The purpose of this mentorship program:

  • Create a mentoring program for female coaches in Manitoba that includes relevant mentee/mentor matches.
  • Assist mentee coaches in expanding and improving their toolkits by providing an online community of practice.
  • Provide opportunities for female coaches from a variety of sports and contexts to learn from other experienced coaches across the province.
  • Increase the number of Manitoba coaches who are qualified and equipped to coach in a variety of settings, from Fundamentals through Train to Train.
  • Create long-lasting and supportive relationships among coaches, ensuring the sustainability of our present female coaches across the province.

For more information on the Female Mentorship Program, including mentee/mentor criteria and how to sign up, click here

 

EVENTS

Women in Sport events are critical to acknowledge and build on the successes of women and girls in sport, and to inspire young women to excel.

Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series

A series of professional development opportunities, these sessions are aimed to empower and inspire women to become leaders in sport, community, and life, and help increase their engagement in sport. 

At each session, you’ll hear from inspirational leaders, coaches, administrators, and volunteers from many different sports. They’ll tell personal and professional stories, and offer valuable advice and guidance that you can apply in your everyday life. 

For example, discover and learn about provincial and national initiatives for women in sport from high-performance athletes, coaches, and other distinguished leaders!

The 2021-2022 Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series will be a FREE, five-part, online series hosted by media personality, Sara Orlesky.

Remember, everyone is encouraged to join! We welcome people of any gender and from any background to register and be a part of advancing women and girls in sport in Manitoba.

To learn more and register, visit our website

All our previous sessions from the 2020-2021 sessions available on-demand. To watch them, click here.

 

 

SUPPORT

One of the barriers women may face in sport are the associated costs and limited resources available. As a sport organization, we believe providing women and girls with ongoing support and resources will help to enhance sustained participation and growth of women in sport.

 

Women to Watch Grant

The Women to Watch is a grant program administered by Sport Manitoba Coaching designed to assist young girls and women to further their involvement in their chosen sport. A $500 sport grant will be awarded to a female athlete, official, or volunteer, as well as a female coach who meets the criteria. The funds for this grant are provided by Sport Manitoba Coaching.

Nicole Desrosiers (Photo credit: Ringette Manitoba Facebook)

Ringette Coach, Nicole Desrosiers, is a former Women to Watch grant recipient.

 “I am beyond grateful to be awarded this grant,” said Nicole. “As a full-time student, athlete, and coach, I am so thankful that I can use this grant towards developing as a coach, without stressing about the financial side of it, while pursuing all of my dreams and goals.” 

Nicole’s commitment and guidance towards young athletes in the ringette community is inspiring. 

For a full description of the grant, eligibility requirements, and application forms, click here.

 

Women in Sport Supplemental Grant

The Women in Sport Supplemental Grant is available to those who identify the need for additional assistance and is to be used to cover childcare related expenses in addition to those included in the Coach, Official, or Volunteer Assistance Grants. Applicants should complete the Supplemental Grant application form and include it with their initial Coach/Official/Volunteer grant application. 

For more information on eligible events, available assistance, registration and more, click here!

Coaching for Women and Girls 

Coaches and other members of the Integrated Support Team (strength and conditioning coach, physiotherapist, biomechanist, sport psychologist, dietitian, sport scientist, physician, and others) need to be aware of the impact of poorly designed training programs and competition schedules on their female athletes.

Compared to males, female athletes have unique responses to flawed implementation programs and competition schedules. Parents and athletes should be well-informed of these issues to ensure best practices are being adopted for the health and wellness of the athlete.

  • Keeping Girls in Sport Presented by Jumpstart

Keeping Girls in Sport is an online resource that helps coaches and youth activity leaders to create safe and respectful environments for female athletes. The program is designed to do exactly what it says: help girls stay enrolled and engaged in sport and physical activity.

For more details on how to get started, click here.

  • Gender Equity eLearning

Canadian Women & Sport’s Gender Equity LENS e-learning module gives you the information and tools you need to act on your commitment to gender equity, helping you make policy and program decisions to better serve women and girls in your sport. 

Click here for more information or to register for the Gender Equity e-Learning Module.