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Provincial Coaching Program Impacts COBA Club/Team


A gala luncheon for “Changing the Game” (mentorship program) was held, in Brampton, on Jan. 20, 2018. The guest speaker was Diane Matheson (of the Canadian women’s bronze medal soccer team). 200 mentor coaches and apprentice coaches were in attendance (including local badminton coach, Wayne King). The intent of the 2017  “Changing the Game” initiative was to work with female coaches to create a support network for those coaches where they could learn, develop and build relationships within the sport and across other sports as well.


Meanwhile, “Changing the Game” impacted a COBA club/team as Julie Brooks, assistant coach of UOIT Ridgebacks varsity badminton team, was accepted as an apprentice coach by CAO in August 2017 and was mentored by head coach Wayne King for the past six months. Her training involved being trained as NCCP Level I Competitive Coach in September 2017 and working with the varsity badminton team at UOIT for the entire badminton season within OUA (September to March). Julie attended several workshops and accepted many responsibilities within the Ridgeback team both at practice as well as at competitions. Said Coach King, “Our intention is to provide our female athletes, on the badminton team, with a positive role model and mentor as they progress through their own development as an athlete”.

Coach Wayne King and Coach Julie Brooks at the Gala Luncheon