September Newsletter – Happy Fall!

Ah September. One of the busiest months of the year. So, where shall we begin?  

We’ll start by congratulating all our Team Canada Paralympians as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics have officially closed. Our Women Paralympians leave the Games with a total of 11 of the 21 medals won by Canada! The major storylines of both the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games revolve around women. Not only on the leader boards, but for their advocacy for gender equity in this new era of sport.  

So, what were some of our favourite moments from Tokyo 2020? Stay tuned for our 10 for 10 Tokyo 2020 Gender Equity Recap to remember some highlights and opportunities for growth. Be sure to check out the article to understand why we need to support women all year round, not just on the biggest stage and what impacts that will have on the future of our sport system.   

September also marks National Coaches Week across Canada. From September 18 – 26th, we say #ThanksCoach to all the amazing coaches in our lives. We know that women are underrepresented in coaching roles at all levels throughout sport, so stay tuned for upcoming resources on coaching coming this fall.  

What’s happening at Canadian Women & Sport in September?

  • During National Coaches Week, we’ll be releasing our latest blog post about the current state of women coaches in the Canadian sport system! Learn where women coaches currently stand in community and high-performance sport and what impacts girls’ participation in physical activity has on these statistics.  
  • The 2022 WISE Fund Grant will be opening on October 12th and run until November 2, 2021! Since 2004, we’ve awarded over $300,000 in grants through our WISE Fund to leaders and organizations across Canada to create equitable opportunities for women and girls to participate and lead in the sport system. With the support of Sport Canada, this year’s program will grant 45 organizations $2500. Interested in finding out how to make your application the best it can be? Sign up for one of our 15-minute consultation sessions with a Canadian Women & Sport staff member and check out our Applications Process page for more information. 
  • With National Coaches Week quickly approaching, what better time to take an educational resource or two to up your gender equity game? Our 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. Take the training today and earn NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) PD points up completion! 
  • Looking for more resources and access to PD points? Complete our Keeping Girls in Sport module to learn how to create safe and respectful environments for girls to participate in sport and physical activity.  

While you’re here…  

  • Girls Addicted to Basketball has released “The Girl Talk Series” which are 3-minute videos that highlights building confidence, the importance of girl’s participation in basketball, how and why women should get into coaching. Check out their series now and learn tips for you and your athletes.   

Thanks for reading!