Canadian Professional Coaches Association

February 09, 2005 11:00 ET

Coaches to Prime Minister: Use Budget to Kick-start Plan for Sport

Attention: Education Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Sports Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO – FEBRUARY 9, 2005. --(CCNMatthews - Feb. 9, 2005) - Canadian coaches today urged the Prime Minister to use the upcoming federal budget to take decisive action on his new plan for sport.

"Mr. Martin called for such a plan last fall, and we know the government has been working on it," noted Ian Bird, executive director, Canadian Professional Coaches Association (CPCA). "In the budget two weeks from now we expect to see tangible signs that the Prime Minister is ready to put the plan into action."

Danielle Sauvageau, head coach of Canada's gold medal women's hockey team from the 2002 Winter Olympics, urged the Prime Minister to embrace a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in sport. "Canada's best young hockey players, and in fact all our best winter athletes, are gearing up for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2010," she said. "If we are to have any hope of achieving the goal of being the number one nation overall, there has to be a strong, long-term financial commitment from the federal government. We will be looking for that on the 23rd of February."

To make his plan a reality, Canadian coaches are expecting Mr. Martin to use the upcoming budget:
- to commit federal funding of at least $180 million per year through the 2010 Winter Games;
- to make a multi-year investment in Canada's career coaches, who play a pivotal role in the development and competitive success of athletes at all levels; and,
- to commit to a "playground to podium" investment that generates higher levels of participation in sport and physical activity by Canadians of all ages and at all levels.

More than 20 of Canada's most experienced coaches are in Ottawa this week to meet with Members of Parliament to build support for these fundamental investments in the Canadian sport system. "The sport community has come together like never before to lay the groundwork for the Prime Minister's plan," added CPCA president, Dave Johnson. "We are confident that the budget will demonstrate his commitment to making vital investments in Canadian sport."

About the CPCA
The Canadian Professional Coaches Association is a national non-profit organization that provides services to career coaches, applies research to public policy initiatives in sport, and connects Canada's community of coaches through active communications. As coaches are public leaders in Canadian sport and society, the CPCA strives to develop, to protect and to promote the leadership abilities of coaches and the public interest through a code of ethics, self-regulation, professional development programs, mentorship and public engagement initiatives.

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  • Tricia K. Spooner, Operations and Communications, Canadian Professional Coaches Association
    Primary Phone: 613-291-0420