Bios for the WIC (Women In Coaching) Canada Summer Games Apprenticeship Program!
Jennifer has been Middle-Distance coach in the sport of Athletics for almost 20 years - ranging from elementary school to university level athletes. She has held coaching staff positions on both provincial and national teams and is currently an assistant coach at the University of British Columbia. She works as a secondary school teacher with the Surrey District School Board with over 10 years of experience teaching Physical Education. Jennifer is a certified NCCP Level 4 Middle Distance coach and a Master Learning Facilitator/Evaluator for Athletics Canada’s grass roots program - Run Jump Throw. She also holds a Master’s degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor and a Diploma in High Performance Coaching from the National Coaching Institute in Victoria. During her time in university she was a nationally ranked middle distance runner and a four time All-Canadian. Recently, she was inducted into the University of Windsor’s Sports Hall of Fame and is still the only Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) athlete to win six national team championships. Balancing her love for both coaching and travel, Jennifer also volunteered as a Coach Trainer with Right To Play in two United Nations Refugee Camps along the Thailand/Burma border.
Jennifer is delighted to be mentoring Nikki in the Women in Coaching Canada Summer Games Apprenticeship program and is grateful to return the support she received through the Coaching Association of Canada and Coaches BC. In 2005 and 2007 Jennifer was granted Women in Coaching High Performance Tuition Scholarships to attend the National Coaching Institute in Victoria. “I am thrilled that the support provided by the Coaching Association of Canada and Coaches BC can come full circle and be passed on to other up-and-coming young female coaches” stated Jennifer. “This funding made it possible for me to further my coaching education and I am proud to be part of a program that makes such a direct and significant impact on women in the profession of coaching.”
With a multi-sport background, Nikki began focusing on cross country and middle-distance running in university when she joined her hometown University of Windsor Lancers for five seasons as a dual-sport athlete. During this time, she discovered her passion for running, being part of multiple banner-winning teams, and also for leadership and coaching. Nikki began coaching high school athletes in 2004 and has coached multiple seasons with the Windsor Legion Track & Field Club. She has spent time coaching a carded para-athlete and is now excited to be coaching university athletes as Head Coach of the Women’s Cross Country Running team at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus. Additionally, she coaches with the Okanagan Athletics Club. She is a certified Club Coach and has been involved with NCCP coaching education since 2006.
Nikki obtained her master’s degree in Human Kinetics with a concentration in Biomechanics in 2010 and is now working as Laboratory Coordinator in the School of Exercise Sciences at UBC Okanagan. Nikki loves sport science and pairs her academic background and her practical experiences as a runner. She also teaches biomechanics courses at UBC Okanagan and works with runners in the community doing running gait analyses. She still trains and competes in local road running races.
Nikki is honoured to be a part of the Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program and is excited to work with her mentor coach, and fellow Lancer Alumni, Jennifer Schutz. Coming from Ontario, Nikki looks forward to gaining experience with the BC Athletics and the collegiate athletics communities out west. As an avid learner, she aims to build her coaching career and explore new ideas through professional development opportunities and by joining Team BC at the Canada Summer Games in 2013.
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