Adolescent girls invited to develop leadership skills at Canada Games – The Brock News

A new program from the Center for Sport Capacity (CSC) at Brock University seeks to develop leadership skills in young girls through the power of sport.

With the highest sport dropout rate attributed to girls in adolescence, Lead Like a Girl will use sport to help participants aged 11-13 build confidence, develop leadership skills and find purpose. ‘inspiration.

Taking place from Tuesday August 9th to Thursday August 11th, during the first week of the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games, the program will feature elite women in action as young participants visit events like the rugby, box lacrosse, wrestling and beach volleyball. .

CSC director Julie Stevens says the positive role sport can play in adolescent development is one of the main reasons why dropping out among girls needs to be tackled.

“We want to foster a place where young women can thrive and be inspired,” says Stevens, who is also a sports management professor. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity, with the backdrop of the Canada Games and strong female personalities in attendance, to guide these young girls on this important journey.

Through this program, CSC aims to provide young girls with the opportunity to learn to be leaders in a safe and confident environment. The mornings will be filled with interactive and immersive sessions built around sport. After lunch, participants will be guided to women’s sporting events at Brock University and Canada Games Park before wrapping up the day with reflections on skills and experiences.

Margot Page, program manager and Brock women’s hockey coach, says the program is a “special opportunity for participants to learn leadership and life skills in the unique environment of the Canada Games.”

“The sessions will introduce these topics in an interactive and dynamic way in group and individual settings,” says Page, who served as an assistant coach for Canada’s gold-medal winning women’s hockey team at the 2006 Olympics. also the benefit of seeing strong female role models as program facilitators and Canada Games athletes, coaches and support staff, using everything they witness to develop their skills and grow. »

For more information on program costs and application deadlines, please visit the Center for Sport Capacity website.

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