A tribute to the leadership of women coaches at the Tokyo Games by Sheila Robertson - For Canadians, the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games reflected the growing presence of women as outstanding athletes and as medal-producing coaches. For the women coaches, the numbers were small – 22 out of a total of 131 coaches at the Olympics and 10 out of 43 at the Paralympics were women – but their impact was powerful, not only in terms of medals but as exemplars for girls and women who aspire to join the profession. To honour and to
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...
After the 1976 Olympics, Roger Jackson says “Canada could be 5th in the World” - Dr. Roger Jackson, Olympic gold medallist in rowing in 1964 and now Director of Sport Canada, talked to Champion editor Sheila Bresalier about new programs and initiatives undertaken by Sport Canada since the 1976 Olympic Games.
The COA unveils $1.2 million club assistance program heading towards 1980 - The COA believes it is time to complement Sport Canada’s athlete assistance program and the coaching development program of the Coaching Association of Canada, by looking to the clubs and club coaches who produce Canada’s international calibre athletes.
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...