Resources for Leaders

Policies, Reports and Publications

Actively Engaged: a Policy on Sport (PDF, 17 pages)
Sport Canada, Heritage Canada
Provides renewed direction for the leadership and programs of Canadian Heritage in promoting and developing a strengthened sport system where women and girls are full, active and valued participants and leaders, experiencing quality sport and equitable support.

  • Actively Engaged Action Plan 2009-2013 (PDF, 9 pages)
    Sport Canada, Heritage Canada

    Describes Canadian Heritage’s initial activities to implement Actively Engaged, the new policy on sport for women and girls.
  • Canadian Sport Policy Renewal: Women and Sport Round Table (PDF)
  • National Roundtable on Aboriginal Women in Sport (PDF)

Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching
Coaching Association of Canada

Timely, accurate and targeted information contributing to the creation of a healthier and more positive environment for women coaches, in Canada and around the world.

Gender Equality As Smart Economics – A Work in Progress (PDF)
World Bank Group’s Gender and Development Group in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Network

Gender equality in sport and development cooperation toolkit (PDF)
toolkitsportdevelopment.org

How do you approach your boss or other leaders about the value of diversity in a work environment that doesn’t think it’s important?
Read Real Action on Catalyst.org

Sport and Gender: Empowering Girls and Women (PDF)
Right To Play

Success Stories: Increasing Opportunities for Girls and Women in National and Multi-Sport Organizations (PDF, 25 pages)
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity

A sampling of the many programs, projects and strategies from national and multi-sport organizations that have been successful in encouraging opportunities for girls and women in sport.

Taking the Lead: Strategies and Solutions from Female Coaches
Coaching Association of Canada and the University of Alberta Press

Eleven provocative and insightful articles by leaders in women’s coaching provide an extensive and frank exploration of the values women bring to the profession. The authors are among Canada’s top thinkers and advocates in women in coaching.

Towards Better Sport: Good Practice for Women and Girls
Australian Sports Commission

Strategies and initiatives implemented by organizations in Australia and internationally to increase the participation of women and girls in a variety of roles in sport. An action plan template assists organizations in their planning initiatives.

The Volunteer Experience of Women in Sport and Recreation
Recreation Nova Scotia
A provincial benchmark for female volunteerism within the sport and recreation sector in Nova Scotia. Between 2005 and 2006, data for this report were gathered from sport and recreation administrators and from female volunteers working at both the provincial and community level.

Women in Sport Leadership Toolkit Increasing Opportunities for Women in Paralympic Sport (PDF)
International Paralympic Committee

Women in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games: an Analysis of Participation, Leadership and Media Opportunities (PDF, 54 pages)
Women’s Sports Foundation
An examination of the participation trends among female Olympic and Paralympic athletes and the hiring trends of Olympic and Paralympic governing bodies with respect to the number of women who hold leadership positions in these organizations.

Women on Boards: a Guide to Getting Involved (PDF, 72 pages)
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity
Provides organizations and women who are interested in serving on boards with practical resources to ensure strong representation and leadership from women at the board level.


Advocacy – Take Action!

Women and Leadership (.pdf, 4 pgs)
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity
A trilingual English/French/Spanish promotional flyer highlighting its numerous women and leadership opportunities that was produced for the 2012 IOC 5th World Conference on Women and Sport.

Influence Change with Advocacy 101 (PDF, 1 page)
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity
A fact sheet with quick tips to be an effective advocate for girls and women in sport and physical activity.

Sex Discrimination in Sport – an Update (Executive Summary, PDF, 2 pages or Complete document PDF, 20 pages)
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity
An up-to-date legal snapshot of the ‘lay of the land” as it applies to sex discrimination.


Stats & Facts

The Benefits Hub (formerly the Benefits Catalague)
Managed by the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association
A “living resource” summarizing the evidence that recreation and parks services really do make a difference.  Provides an invaluable resource for policy development, planning, marketing, program/service development and/or evaluation.

Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Institute
a national research agency concerned with educating Canadians about the importance of leading healthy, active lifestyles. The Institute monitors change in the physical activity and health status of Canadians through the Physical Activity Benchmarks Program – a great source for up-to-date statistics.

Health Benefits of Physical Activity for Girls and Women (PDF, 214 pages)
BC Centre of Excellence of Women’s Health
A review of literature and recommendations for future research and policyabout the health benefits of physical activity for girls and women.

Her Life Depends On It ll, 2009
Women’s Sport Foundation
A comprehensive review of more than 2,000 studies examining women’s athletics and health, and  emphasizing the vital roles that sports play in the physical and social health of girls and women.


Communication Tips

Making the Most of Your Opportunities: A Media Guide For Athletes And Their Coaches
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity
Learn the fine art of effective self-promotion and how to raise your profile with advice on how to feel comfortable and in control, when meeting the media. Tips and checklists for athletes and coaches. Contact CAAWS to order your copy.

Positive Messaging for Girls and Young Women (PDF, 2 pages)
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity
Making a difference in the lives of girls and young women can be easy.

Successful Speaking Tips (PDF, 1 page)
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity
Helpful tips to make you a better public speaker.

Words for Wise Women (PDF, 1 page)
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity

All speakers share the same goal – clear communication. This fact sheet lists the do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when speaking on behalf of women.


  • Don’t forget to visit the Networks’ QUOTABLE QUOTES section which features words of wisdom from Canadian female sport leaders and other great thinkers that can be used in presentations.
  • We invite you to visit our section with French language publications: www.caaws.ca/f/ressources/autres/index.cfm

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