Coaches Helping Coaches – Laura & Lauren

Laura & Lauren

The Coaches Helping Coaches (CHC) program supports experienced coaches in recruiting and mentoring new coaches into the Ontario sport community. Laura and Lauren   are a coaching pair who successfully completed the program in 2016-2017. Read on to find out more about their experience!

Lauren-Stokes-Headshot-138x138New Coach – Lauren Stokes
Synchronized Swimming Coach
Nepean, ON
NCCP#6105510

 

 

 

Where did you actively begin coaching during the program?

I coached a Novice team aged 16-20 years throughout the 2016-17 season.

What NCCP workshop(s) did you complete?

Synchro Competition – Introduction Coach Workshop, Make Ethical Decisions and Making Head Way in Sport.

What was the most important thing that you learned as part of your NCCP Training(s)?

One of the most important thing I learned through NCCP trainings is that planning is your best friend. Creating long-term plans, short-term plans, and practice plans allow coaches to establish realistic goals and adequately prepare their athletes. Planning also enables the proper progression in an athlete’s development, and prevents injury and encourages healthy growth.

What is your favourite part of coaching?

My favourite part about coaching is being able to share my love for the synchronized swimming with the athletes. Being able to share one of my biggest passions with athletes and seeing them fall in love with the sport as well is very rewarding.

What are the next steps for you in coaching?

The next step for me in coaching is to coach a competitive team, which I am doing in the 2017-18 season.

Laura-138x138Mentor Coach – Laura Mouck
Synchronized Swimming Coach
Nepean Synchronized Swimming Club
Nepean, ON
NCCP#856730

 


Why did you decide to become a coach?

As an athlete I loved the sport and wanted to provide the same positive experience I had the benefit of enjoying to new swimmers.

What is your favourite part of coaching?

Building positive relationships with the athletes, my fellow coaches, and the parents in our club.

How has the program benefited you as a mentor?

It provided a more formal structure and motivated me to ensure I was meeting with Lauren frequently and providing relevant feedback throughout the season.

What type of feedback was given to your New Coach?

Keep it up! Keep asking questions and challenging yourself.

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