Overview of the Program

The Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program (WIC) is a partnership between the Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives (PTCRs), the Canada Games Council (CGC), and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). This program provides the opportunity for each province and territory to send 2 female Coaches to the Canada Games in apprenticeship roles. The CGC, the CAC, and PTCRs strongly believe that the apprenticeship program is an essential part of the development of a Coach. Furthermore, apprenticeship programs can be used as a means to build capacity in underrepresented populations in coaching, such as women.

The purpose of the program is to provide women Coaches with a practical and integrated major national multi-sport games experience. Selected Coaches have direct involvement in preparation and competition and receive support from an identified mentor Coach throughout the duration of the program.

Meet our 2021 Canada Summer Games Apprentices!

Joni Colwell (Athletics)

“Currently, I am the Head Coach for ASEA’s Junior Athlete Development Program as well as Assistant Coach with the Athlete Development and Masters training programs. I was also part of the 2019 Team NB Legion Nationals coaching staff in Sydney, NS. I am Sport Coach certified and Club Coach trained and am working diligently on obtaining my certification in Sprints/Hurdles. 
My goals for this program are to gain a greater knowledge in short and long term planning, tapering, race prep, athlete psychology, as well as, staff planning and coordination. I am excited for what the next year has to hold and look forward to working with the 2021 Team NB Canada Games team and coaching staff.”


Bailey Andrews (Rugby)

“My name is Bailey Andrews and I am 22 years old. I started coaching at the age of 15 where I coached a U12 girls premiere soccer team for three seasons. From there I got involved with coaching rugby as I helped coach the Colonel G ay High School’s “A” Girls rugby team and then was head coach of Devon Middle School’s Co-ed Rugby team for 2 seasons. Last summer I was also fortunate enough to be able to coach with the Youth Loyalist program where I coached both the U14 co-ed team and the u18 girls team and was awarded the Youth Volunteer Award for 2019. 

I have always enjoyed playing sports and coaching has allowed me to share my passion with others, it has allowed me to be a part of something bigger than myself and has given me the opportunity to work with so many great coaches and athletes. To me, coaching is about constantly adapting, adapting to new players, new teams, new skills and new ways to help players develop. My main goal for this program is to not only learn from experienced coaches and gain confidence but to learn from players as well. “



  • Build coaching capacity for women in sport;
  • Provide female apprentice Coaches with domestic multi-sport exposure;
  • Provide female apprentice Coaches with enhanced professional development and learning opportunities to prepare them for higher level coaching and ensure an increase in their level of certification to a minimum of Competition-Development (apprentice Coaches complete certification within 2 years following the Games);
  • Expose female apprentice Coaches to elite women Coaches’ experiences;
  • Ensure female apprentice Coaches are prepared to play a meaningful role during the Canada Games experience;


  • Canadian citizen or landed immigrant status;
  • Coaching experience;
  • Completed some form of NCCP training, with preference given to Competition Introduction Trained status;
  • Never attended a Canada Games as a Coach;
  • Never attended the Olympics, Pan American Games, or Commonwealth Games as a Coach;
  • Demonstrated potential through the development and improvement of their athletes or as seen by the P/TSO or mentor Coach;
  • Not already selected to the coaching staff of a province/territory’s Canada Games coaching staff;

Any exceptions to the above eligibility requirements must be approved by the Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representative before a Coach can be admitted into the WiC program.

To learn more about past WIC Apprentices, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Ashleigh Milani

E: ashleigh@coachnb.ca T: (506) 444-3888 ext. 2