Who are our new Home Study Tutors?
NCCP Learning Facilitators by day, NCCP Home Study Tutors by night
Our viaSport Home Study Tutors are responsible for supporting coaches who engage in the NCCP Home Study Program. Given the variability in a coach's physical location, nature of work or coaching schedule, the NCCP Home Study Program is designed for coaches who are unable to attend an in-class NCCP course.
Home Study Tutors are highly skilled facilitors with an unwavering passion to advance coach training and education across British Columbia. They pride themselves on providing quality, individual feedback to coaches, and we're eager to have these new tutors as part of our dynamic coaching team.
What led you to facilitating, and why do you like Home Study? There was a national coach that supported and mentored me, very early in my coaching career. His guidance inspired me to continue to mentor other coaches in gymnastics and broaden my experiences. Becoming a Learning Facilitator seemed like the next logical step. It allows for diverse learning from other coaches in different sports. Home Study allows me the opportunity for flexibility, one on one discussion and thought sharing.
Which sports would you combine to create a new sport? Artistic gymnastics and ice hockey. Call it Hocknastics. Gymnastics would provide the difficult skills of the sport with the specific strength and flexibility required. Hockey would provide the speed & excitement. A penalized player must perform a gymnastics skill on the ice. He/she is scored by a panel of judges. The score will reflect the duration of the penalty time or if a penalty is given. (Crazy thought!?)
What was your most memorable personal sport highlight? Moment of glory? In 2017, I took my eldest son and his best friend to Lithuania to compete in the World Children’s Games. Ryan and Gabriella sailed in challenging conditions, far from home. Both children were not aware that they were in medal contention until their names were called to the podium – where they were each presented with bronze medals. They were beyond thrilled!
What message would you like to send to B.C. coaches for Coaches Week? Coaching should be fun – for you and your athletes. If your current coaching situation is leaving you or others unhappy, determine why and take steps to turn things around. Your emotional and mental wellness plays an important role in whether you and your athletes can achieve success – however success is measured.
What was your most memorable sport highlight? Moment of glory? Coaching my athletes at the 1984 Olympic Games.
What led you to facilitating, and why do you like Home Study? The role of the coach is important as they affect so many lives. I love working with coaches in person during courses. Being a Home Study Tutor allows me to have more connections with coaches and hopefully inspire them to learn more.
Which sports would you combine to create a new sport? Artistic Triathlon.
What was your most memorable personal sport highlight? Moment of glory? I switched to speed skating in my early 20's and was training in Calgary. For two years, my locker was beside Catriona Lemay Doan's. Every day, I was able to watch, interact and learn from the best in the world. It can't get more inspiring than that. Being able to train and skate on the same ice with Olympians and world champions was amazing.
What message would you like to send to B.C. coaches during Coaches Week? It takes a tribe to develop an athlete. As coaches, we have the opportunity to make a life long impact on our athletes. What we say and do leads to the development of these champions. We are their role models. Mentor with the coaches you wish to be like and continue to learn.
What led you to facilitating, and why do you like Home Study? It's a great position to be in to learn from other coaches and see how they interpret and apply the questions in the home study modules. Additionally, it's incredibly insightful into the mind of a coach to read their answers and work through their mindset when completing the modules.
What message would you like to send to B.C. coaches for Coaches Week? Don't underestimate the skill of coaching. There are many skills that people can learn and get better at, but not everyone can coach. There are not many sectors that require such a balance of the art and the science - to be strong technically and tactically while knowing how to lead people and help them improve physically and mentally. Be proud of this unique quality you've developed and continue to give it the respect it deserves.
What was your most memorable personal sport highlight? Moment of glory? Setting a Canadian record in para-swimming’s for men’s 200M.
What led you to facilitating, and why do you like Home Study? Facilitation combines two of my passions; coaching and sports science. I like being a home study tutor because of the flexibility and freedom to engage in courses when in person isn’t available.
Which sports would you combine to create a new sport? Rugby 7s and speed swimming.
What was your most memorable personal sport highlight? Moment of glory? In spite of not knowing much about baseball (I played for three seasons and never got a hit), I was named the 1995 Forest Hills Little League T-Ball Coach of the Year. Glory abounding!
Which sports would you combine to create a new sport? I would follow my grandson Knox who wants to combine bean bag toss and skating.
What message would you like to send to BC coaches for Coaches Week? Do something to learn more every year, even if it's not sport-specific. Strive for "kaizen" (constant improvement)!