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Ontario Cycling presents its 2023 Coaching Conference

Are you a developing coach working with cyclists at the club level? Are you interested in the significance of communicating with competitive athletes?

Ontario Cycling is proud to present its 2023 Coaching Conference, focusing on Effective Communication and Language in Coaching. In partnership with the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario and with support from the Coaches Association of Ontario, coaches will gain theoretical & practical experiences from our provincial high-performance cycling coaches, current athletes & sport science experts. 

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Speakers at the conference

The 2023 Ontario Cycling Coaching Conference is unique in the sports sector because it speaks to many topics, all affecting one common theme, Effective Communication and Language in Coaching

Kevin Iwawa-Madge, Sports Nutritionist and Strength and Conditioning Coach from Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, will focus his workshop on exploring communication strategies that coaches can use with athletes based on their development and how this can promote sustainable and appropriate athlete development in sports nutrition. Kevin Iwasa-Madge completed a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Human Nutrition at the University of Guelph and a Master’s in Nutrition Communication at Toronto Metropolitan University. Kevin is a former member of the National Wrestling Team, has nearly a decade of experience as a college professor, and has worked with many sports at the provincial and national level, including wrestling, judo, karate, weightlifting, rugby, swimming, canoe kayak, and cycling.

Judy Goss, Ph.D., is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant who works with National and Olympic/Paralympic team members, including athletes from Skate Canada, Wrestling Canada and Athletics Canada. Judy received her Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from the University of Maryland. Her work with athletes and coaches focuses on performance enhancement, performance under pressure and building resiliency. She takes an educational approach, so athletes and coaches understand the theoretical concepts and develop the skills and strategies to integrate into their daily training and competitive experiences. Judy’s session will address some strategies to help enhance general communication between coach and athlete and coach and parent. Parents can help the coach and athlete use them to their advantage.

David Jack is an NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) Performance Competition Development Certified Coach with over 25 years of experience. After retiring from competitive road racing, David founded his coaching business, the Cyclist’s Edge. He worked with all levels of athletes, from those new to the sport to current Olympic athletes. His experience includes coaching Team Canada at two UCI Junior Track World Championships and Tour de l’Abitibi, coaching Team Ontario at the 2022 Canada Summer Games, and serving as Ontario’s Provincial Track Coach for the past three years. Dave will begin his session with a theoretical discussion on educating athletes and parents about realistic expectations & outcomes. Dave will follow this session in the afternoon with a practical opportunity for coaches to observe the Team Ontario training camp on the Mattamy Velodrome Cycling Track.

Jocelyn Stel is cross country mountain bike racer in the under-23 category. Stel started racing as a kid ten years ago at the local Kelso Race Series, working with a coach and training full-time in late 2020. Since then, Jocelyn has qualified for multiple national teams to compete at World Cup and World Championship projects. She has been part of the national team ever since and works with Catharine Pendrel as her head coach. In addition to training full-time, Jocelyn is pursuing a degree in Biomedical Sciences at Brock University.

Roxy Slotegraaf is an experienced mountain bike racer who has been actively pursuing an interest in coaching. In addition to coaching with the KW Cycling Academy, where she works with various ages and abilities, Roxy has been involved in leading Ontario projects, including high-performance mountain bike camps in BC, Rising Stars Skills Camps, and supporting Team Ontario at Canadian Mountain Bike Championships. Last summer, Roxy was selected to be the Team Manager/Assistant Coach for Team Ontario at the 2022 Canada Summer Games, where the team captured five medals, including two golds.

Being paired as coach & athlete during the 2022 Niagara Canada Summer Games, this duo will co-deliver a discussion on their experience working together at this event. Jocelyn and Roxy will specifically discuss areas during the event, including project-based communication and coach/athlete expectations pre-project.

Ontario Cycling strives to provide national-leading, high-quality workshops that connect coaches with appropriate services to better recruit, retain & recognize them through their coaching journey. This conference will occur on March 25th from 9:00 am-4:30 pm EST at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, Milton, ON.