Paddler Co-op (Shawna Babcock), Palmer Rapids, Ontario
Sport: Canoe and kayak
Supported by: Canadian Canoe Association
Paddler Co-op is a not-for-profit association that provides educational, inspiring and safe outdoor canoe and kayak programs. It intends to develop a 12-week summer program called the “Active Women and Girls in our Community Paddling Program”. The program will target women as well as girls aged 8-15 and the WISE Fund grant will be used to promotion and to pay staff salaries.
Erin Lally, Calgary, Alberta, age 12
Supported by: Hockey Canada
Erin is a developing hockey athlete currently training at the National Sport Academy in Calgary, a combination educational and athletic institution. Erin finds academics challenging and has also had trouble mastering the required skills of her chosen sport; skating did not initially come easy to her, but she has quickly proven that perseverance yields results. Hockey Canada has identified her as a potential elite level player. She will use the WISE Fund grant for equipment and training fees.
Basketball New Brunswick, Rothesay, New Brunswick
Supported by: Canada Basketball
Basketball New Brunswick’s Female Basketball Centre for Performance – Atlantic is a standardized training program for developmental athletes with national team potential. Players selected to be part of this program work on their individual skills, as well as game strategies, the mental component of the sport and sport science. Through a series of training camps, players aged 12 to 17 are encouraged to move up through the ranks from provincial team status to positions on the national junior and senior teams. Coaches also receive support and education through this program. The WISE Fund grant will be used to assist athletes from Newfoundland with travel costs associated with upcoming training sessions in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
The Brick Gym (Susanne Dandenault), Winnipeg, Manitoba
Supported by: Canadian Weightlifting Federation
Susanne Dandenault, a member of the National Women’s Weightlifting team since 1998, is currently working as an assistant coach at The Brick Gym, a weightlifting club in Winnipeg that has a history of producing female weightlifting champions. Located in an aboriginal high school, the Brick Gym is offering a weightlifting program to the 100+ aboriginal students at the school. Susanne, an aboriginal athlete herself, plans to focus on a “women in weightlifting” program to encourage the female students at the school to try the sport. The WISE Fund grant will be used to purchase special junior-level equipment that will be appropriate for newcomers to the sport of weightlifting.
PEI Recreation and Sport Association for the Physically Challenged (P.E.I.R.S.A.P.C), Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Supported by: Canadian Blind Sports Association
The P.E.I.R.S.A.P.C is a non-profit association that supports the participation of persons who are physically challenged in recreation and sport activities. Its goalball program encourages more women with visual impairments to become involved in the sport and has a history of success on the national goalball scene having stood on the podium at 6 of the last 10 national championships. In 2004, Team PEI will participate in yet another Canadian Championship in Saskatoon and will utilize the WISE Fund grant to help offset travel and accommodations costs for its team members.
Lacey Truelove, London, Ontario, age 14
Supported by: Diving Canada
Lacey, a competitive gymnast for 8 years, has only recently taken up the sport of diving, but has already shown that she is a contender on the national scene. After only 8 months in the sport, she has already qualified for the 2004 Junior and Senior National Championships in Victoria and Calgary. Lacey hopes to continue to climb the diving ranks and eventually compete for Canada at the Olympic Games and will use the WISE Fund grant to help cover her training costs.
Lorena Campbell (Victoria City Rowing Club), Victoria, British Columbia
Supported by: Rowing Canada
Lorena is a young up and coming coach of the Victoria City Rowing Club’s junior girls program (athletes aged 16-18 years of age). The club believes strongly in the importance of quality coaching and makes every effort to ensure that its girls team has access to Lorena’s expertise, yet, often Lorena volunteers her time and covers coaching costs herself in order to participate in regattas with her athletes. The club will utilize the WISE Fund grant to pay for Lorena’s coaching certification fees, equipment and travel so that her young athletes have the opportunity to excel under the guidance of their coach and so that Lorena will be able to further develop her coaching skills.
Quebec Kin-ball Federation (QKBF), Quebec, Quebec
Supported by: Kin-ball Canada
The Quebec Kin-ball Federation is a non-profit organization with more than 20,000 members whose mission is to develop the sport of kin-ball throughout the province. In Quebec, kin-ball is the most popular extracurricular sport at the primary school level, yet there is a lack of female officials in the sport. The QKBF will utilize the WISE Fund grant to run a one-day training session that will be available to female level-1 athletes who wish to rise through the ranks and become level-2 referees in an effort to boost the interest level of girls and women in the sport.