CAAWS is proud to present their Impact Report for 2018-2019, representing one of the most substantial years of growth in the organization’s 39-year history. Flip through to see how they’re moving the Canadian sport system forward when it comes to gender equity. Read the Report
CAAWS announced the release of a new resource for after school program supervisors – Healthy Minds in Active Bodies. CAAWS led the development of the resource on behalf of CAASP, with the goal of addressing gaps in knowledge and programming relating to the promotion of mental health. Healthy Minds in Active Bodies makes the link between physical activity and mental health, and provides a practical resource with information on building mental health and resiliency amongst children and youth, suggestions for program enhancements, and guidelines on how to talk to children, parents and staff about the issues. Healthy Minds in Active Bodies
CAAWS LTAD Considerations to Actively Engage Girls and Young Women – Report
Beechy: Beechy SCC & Beechy Rec Board – November 21, 2019
Community Consultant: Aileen Martin
Community Hosts/Partners: Becky Dubasov & Sharron Snow
On Thursday, November 21st team PCD ventured to the southwest corner of the District to the community of Beechy. We were there for a Canadian Association of the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) workshop for Long Term Athlete Development & Engaging Girls in Sport. We invited local fitness Instructor, Michaela Jessiman from Rural Fitness, to lead young female athletes in a dry-land training session alongside RBC Olympian Natasha Fox.
Special thanks to our community partners at the Beechy School and the Beechy Recreation Board for making this event all come to fruition!
We had close to 50 participants in the two sessions from the communities of Beechy, Lucky Lake, Demaine, Birsay and Kyle.
The CAAWS workshop focused on several key issues central to supporting girls and young women as athletes and leaders, including training environments, injury prevention, role models, and “on-and off-ramps”. It generated so much great conversation and discussion about empowering young female athletes.
As a result of the session a few ideas that stuck out for creating positive change were:
“Asking the girls what they need and not assuming “
“Being a positive role model for our young girls athletes”
When asked what the most valuable information learned in the session was, participants noted:
“You can’t be what you can’t see”
“To go to bat for our girls and make sure they feel valuable in sport”
While the parents, coaches and leaders were in the classroom, female athletes aged 6-13 were in the gym working out alongside RBC Olympian Natasha Fox. She shared stories with the girls about her quest to become an Olympic Athlete! The girls had so much fun. If they weren’t sore from Michaela’s workout, they were sore from all the laughing with their peers. It was wonderful seeing them build each other’s confidence and spirit as they went through the stations.
We thank everyone who attended and assisted in this amazing opportunity!
– Aileen Martin, Community Consultant