Halifax, Nova Scotia -- Record-breaking thrower Nicole Kenney of Bridgewater and Junior National Medalist Tracy Brown of Dartmouth have been selected to attend the 2017 Canada Summer Games in apprenticeship roles.
The Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program provides the opportunity for each province and territory to send two female coaches to the Canada Games as demonstration of their mission to provide women coaches with practical and integrated major national multi-sport games experience.
“We believe that this is an essential part of the development of a coach,” says Mike Hudson, a provincial government consultant with the Communities, Sport and Recreation division. “Among other things, apprenticeship programs can be used as a means to build coach capacity within underrepresented populations.”
Nicole Kenney’s involvement in athletics began at New Germany Rural High School where she won multiple NSSAF medals and set records in discus and shotput. She went on to compete at regional and national championships and attended both 2005 and 2009 Canada Games as an athlete.
“I’m so excited to continue my path transitioning from athlete to coach.” says Kenneywho now coaches with the Bluenose Athletics Club in Bridgewater. “My goal is to build the grassroot programs for local kids to get involved, realize their potential and find their passion for the sport. Athletics has played a huge role in my life; I want to give back.”
Tracy Brown was a competitive junior athlete, representing Team Nova Scotia at the 1993 Canada Games and various regional and national competitions. She won a bronze medal in Women’s Double Sculls at the Junior National Championships in 1992 and remains a competitive master’s athlete training up to six days a week.
“When I thought about what I really loved to do, and when I got the most positive feedback, it was when I was coaching rowing." After nearly two decades in management roles in the corporate sector, Brown has transitioned to a career in sport. Her list of coaching qualifications is long and growing. She volunteers heavily, coaches at the MicMac Amateur Aquatic Club and Lunenburg Yacht Club, and is a Director on the Board for Row Nova Scotia. “The sport of rowing and the coaches I have worked with along the way have had an extremely positive influence on my life. I am passionate about the sport, the community, and ‘paying it forward’.”
The Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program is a partnership between the Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives (PTCRs), the Canada Games Council (CGC), and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC).
For more information, please contact:
Consultant– Coaching Education/Leadership Development
Dept. of Communities, Culture and Heritage
Tel: (902) 424-3913