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Apprentice Coach opportunities relaunched for 2019

By: Swimming Canada - Mar. 29, 2019

The Apprentice Coach role will give the selected coach(es) the opportunity to work with the National Senior, Development, Para, and Open Water teams at specific international events. This includes specific competitions and camps across all pathways.

“Swimming Canada believes that coach development and this practical experience is critical to future athlete development,” said Swimming Canada High Performance Director John Atkinson.

“We are delighted to partner with the CSCTA to offer opportunities for coaches on our National teams. The program was a great success in 2018 and we believe this will be the case this year.”

The CSCTA will help cover expenses, and will work closely with Swimming Canada to select candidates to attend these initiatives.

“The CSCTA are excited to continue our partnership with Swimming Canada through the funding of several apprenticeship opportunities and to build on the success of this program in 2018.  These programs offer real world international experience for our Canadian coaches as a direct part of the national team programs and will further expand our available professional development opportunities,” said Chris Hindmarch-Watson, executive director of the CSCTA.

One of Swimming Canada’s main goals is to enhance development of world-leading high performance coaches and believe the Apprentice Coach opportunity will allow selected coaches to gain international experience and further their professional development.

“I had an amazing experience last season as an apprentice coach. It’s the best way to learn; being engaged full time with the team,” said Abderrahmane Tissira, Head Coach for the Regina Optimist Dolphins.

“Having a chance to observe the best staff interacting with the best swimmers at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships was just amazing. I call it The Golden Workshop.”

2018-2019 season opportunities:;

18th FINA World Championships;

FINA World Championships
Gwangju, Republic of Korea
Tour Dates: July 6 – 29, 2019
Staging: July 6 – 21, 2019
Competition: July 21 – 28, 2019

World Para Swimming Championships;

Location TBC
Tour Dates: TBC
Staging: TBC
Competition: TBC

World Junior Championships;

Budapest, Hungary

Tour Dates:  Aug. 12-26, 2019

Staging: Aug. 13- 18, 2019

Competition:  Aug. 20-25, 2019

Open Water BestFest;

Mallorca, Spain

Tour Dates:  May 22 – June 2, 2019

Application deadline for all opportunities is April 15, 2019. To learn more about these opportunities and how to apply for them follow the link HERE.


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