2016 WISE Fund Recipients

Canmore Cycling Culture
Sport: Cycling
Supported by: Cycling Canada

WISE_2016_Canmore_Cycling_ClubCanmore Cycling Culture is a women’s cycling club in Canmore, Alberta registered with the Alberta Bicycling Association. Some club members are involved in high performance competition, while others are pursuing sport and physical activity for fitness, health, personal satisfaction and social connection. The WISE Fund will be used to assist in two ways. The first is to offset costs for some equipment to offer greater experiences to members, as well as subsidize costs for winter indoor cycling sessions. The second is to offer a professional development course for 2 volunteer ride leaders. This course will provide women with an opportunity to continue to develop their coaching skills. They want to provide women of all abilities with opportunities to develop confidence, cycling skills, physical fitness and social connection within a supportive community.


Women’s Sledge Hockey of Canada
Sport: Sledge Hockey
Supported by: Hockey Canada

WISE_2016_Womens_Sledge_HockeyWomen’s Sledge Hockey of Canada promotes and supports an inclusive environment for Canadian girls and women with disabilities to participate in sledge hockey at all levels of development, from initiation to an elite level. They will provide a new opportunity for high level female sledge hockey players to achieve their Hockey Canada’s NCCP Level 1 coaching certificate. This is an opportunity to empower the athlete to give back to the community through leadership. The coaching clinic will be facilitated by Tara Chisholm, head coach of the Women’s national sledge team, who will bring her knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the clinic to educate and inspire future coaches. To assist with cost factors, the coaching clinic will be created around a sledge hockey training camp. The funding will cover part of the costs of this new program.


Victoria Synchro
Sport: Synchronized swimming
Supported by: Synchro Canada

WISE_2016_Victoria_SynchroVictoria Synchro Club is a regional training centre for recreational, competitive and elite athletes. They will provide educational opportunities for new young female coaches who have just retired from synchronized swimming, and are now coaching 8-10 year olds. This new program will provide them with valuable coaching skills so they can continue to develop as coaches in the sport. The WISE fund will be used to bring in physical literacy experts and synchronized swimming experts to provide professional development for coaches and athlete clinics. Moreover, they also want to provide physical literacy camps in conjunction with synchro camps targeted to female athletes aged 8-10. The funds will also be used to cover the rental cost of the gym and the pool, and to subsidize the camp fee in order to provide this opportunity at an affordable rate, as well as encourage girls to stay active.


Tonya Derkson
Sport: Soccer
Supported by: Canadian Soccer Association

WISE_2016_Derkson_TonyaTonya Derkson grew up playing soccer and was recruited and awarded a scholarship to play in University at 20 years old. After a knee injury which ended her university soccer career, she started developing herself as a coach and a teacher of the game. After obtaining her provincial B license, she worked to gain experience and knowledge about the administration side at PSO level as a Technical Administrator. She was, at the same time, able to coach with the Provincial National Development Centre. In 2013 she obtained her Canadian National B License. She is the youngest of three females in Manitoba who hold this accreditation, and is currently the only active coach. She was then offered the position of Assistant Technical Director at one of the local clubs in Winnipeg. She will put the funding towards her development as a coach, and travel to the US to take her NSCAA National Diploma to enhance her knowledge and prepare herself to take her Canadian National A License in 2017.


Niagara Falls Rowing Club
Sport: Rowing
Supported by: Rowing Canada Aviron

WISE_2016_Niagara_Falls_RowingThe Niagara Falls Rowing Club, founded approximately 4 years ago, provides the community of Niagara Falls with an opportunity to develop and train for the sport of rowing. During their first years, they noticed the lack of female coaches in the sport, and they decided to do something about it. In the summer of 2015, they implemented a coaches training program for young women. In their first year, they had five young women participate. They have decided to continue the program in the summer and fall of 2016, with the original 5 coaches and new coaches who wish to participate. The program will focus on young women, university and post-graduate age, who will get the opportunity to train, be mentored and become qualified rowing coaches. The funds will help to cover the costs of workshops, boating license courses, coaching mentor bursaries, coaching kit to each participant, water and boating safety kit, as well as promotional materials.


Laura McPhie
Sport: Swimming
Supported by: Swimming Canada

WISE_2016_McPhie_LauraLaura McPhie has been coaching in swimming and triathlon for 14 years. She is a coach with the Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club, which currently has 5 women coaches out of the 7 primary coaching roles. In the past years, she has been mentored through her NCCP 1 and 2 by Kendra Burton, the current Director of Swimming Development at the Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club. Through the years, she has continued to coach higher levels, and has utilized her personal experiences in creating a safe space for her athletes. The next step for Laura is her NCCP level 3, offered once a year somewhere in Canada, and requires a series of NCCP general sport courses first. The WISE Fund grant will go towards the costs for the courses involved in the NCCP 3.


Ontario Ball Hockey Federation
Sport: Ball Hockey
Supported by: Hockey Canada

WISE_2016_OBHFThe Ontario Ball Hockey Federation will partner with the minor female provincial hockey association along with the professional women’s hockey league to host a community outreach and awareness day for girl’s participation in ball hockey. This event will invite all girls across Ontario at the FUNdamentals stage to participate in a clinic that would spend time facilitating structured activities that develop basic ball hockey skills. It would also target the Learning to Train stage, where those who have those developed skills can utilize them with confidence across a variety of physical activities. Lastly, the event will provide an opportunity to participate in an exciting exhibition game of ball hockey with professional ice hockey players who also play ball hockey. The event will promote and have present current certified female officials and coaches. They will use the WISE fund to cover costs of this event.


Canada Basketball
Sport: Basketball
Supported by: Canada Basketball

WISE_2016_Cda_BasketballCanada Basketball will implement a “Women in Coaching Sponsorship Program”. The focus of this program is to encourage, support and educate female basketball coaches within Canada, with a focus on club level female coaches. Canada Basketball will be looking for active mentor/mentee pairs that will act as sponsor pairings within basketball communities countrywide. Mentors will receive an honorarium for completing the program, and both members of the pairing will be offered discounted prices to enter Canada Basketball’s NCCP Super Clinic Professional Development streams. The goals of the program are to help grow and empower Canadian female coaches, and to be an active solution in helping with the issue of gender equity. The Women in Coaching Sponsorship Program will be an active part of the Women in Sport night at the NCCP Super Clinic. The WISE Fund grant will cover the mentor coaches’ honorariums, and the website development for the mentor pairings’ profiles.


Freestyle Skiing Ontario
Sport: Freestyle ski
Supported by: Canadian Freestyle Ski Association

WISE_2016_FSOFreestyle Skiing Ontario (FSO) has developed the “Ontario Female Freestyle Development Project”. As part of this project, FSO has offered training and professional development for a female leader who is an active coach and a driving force in Ontario. The funds will be used to increase her coach training. With this training, the coach will become the female liaison between Freestyle Skiing Ontario and Ontario Freestyle Clubs, and will help to develop and deliver female focused ski programs, as well as promote and implement all-girls freestyle camps across Ontario. The WISE fund will be used to subsidize the cost of professional development and training of this female leader, and to promote and reduce the cost of participation to FSO All Girls Camps.


Judo Quebec
Sport: Judo
Supported by: Judo Canada

WISE_2016_Judo_QuebecJudo Quebec will implement a mentorship project for women officials in Judo. This project aims to assist the women officials at the provincial level in developing their potential and skills, improve their performances and reach their personal goals. All the participants will be required to take two officiating provincial clinics. As part of the training, over the course of 6 events, one international official expert (Diane Couture) will work with the group of 8 young women officials at provincial competitions. The WISE Fund will be used for the officials, in reimbursement of expenses of travel and accommodation. In the 2 years this project has been implemented, the number of women officials in the sport of judo doubled, thanks to this set up of female mentorship.