Article in Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching - Sheila Robertson's latest article for the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching: Generosity Pays Dividends. "This is a story with many dimensions, but one indisputable conclusion: when circumstances become opportune, women coaches can flourish in university sport as full-time paid employees. Admittedly, benefactors such as Sheryl and Dave Kerr, whose generosity has made McGill University’s Women in Sport initiative possible, are rare. However, what is unfolding at McGill could, and should, prompt other Canadian institutions to investigate a similar approach to furthering opportunities for the many skilled women
40 Years Ago
1977 Green Paper lays the groundwork for Canadian amateur sport - The initial proposals leading to a definite statement on federal policy for amateur sport were unveiled on October 24, 1977 when a Green Paper entitled “Toward a National Policy on Amateur Sport,” was tabled in the House of Commons by The Honourable Iona Campagnola, Minister of State, Fitness and Amateur Sport. The Green Paper – a working document – focuses on four general areas for discussion: funding, administration, technical development, and promotion. Green paper... COA sets tougher performance standards to make 1980 team - In order to be selected to a Canadian Olympic team, athletes must show by their previous performances that they have a reasonable chance of finishing in the top 16, or in the top half of the field, whichever criteria is more stringent.
Canada’s Boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games
On December 27, 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. The invasion set off a chain of events that dominated the headlines. A crucial fallout was the American-led boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games, which Canada eventually joined. 212 Canadian athletes were forced to shelve their Olympic dreams, some temporarily, many permanently. Shattered Hopes is an oral history of athletes, coaches, and other leaders affected by the boycott. More on this book...