Under the innovative programme, Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs), in partnership with one of their National Sports Organisations (NSOs), had the opportunity to fully integrate an aspiring female coach into their Gold Coast 2018 coaching team. A total of 20 quota positions were earmarked specifically for coach interns that CGAs could apply for over and above their allocation for team officials. The participants selected to join the first-ever programme come from Botswana, Canada, England, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand. The interns will stay in the Games Village and begin duties on 5 April.
Canadian Jill Perry is Head Coach at Beaver Boxing Club and Senior Marketing Manager for a technology firm in Ottawa and will be mentored by Boxing Canada’s High Performance Director Daniel Trépanier. Jill said: “I am eager and excited to be part of the Women’s Coaching Internship Programme. The CGF’s investment in this programme is validation that women coaches matter and is acknowledgement that gender equality issues need to be addressed. I want to be the best coach I can be, and this experience is going to help me be just that. I am delighted the Commonwealth is taking a lead on this in international sport.”
Nico Coetzee, Head Coach of the South Africa Wrestling Federation will be mentoring former Commonwealth medallist Mpho Madi. Nico said: “Mpho Madi was one of my athletes and is a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist. She is qualifying as a coach and administrator and I want to assist her where I can because long-term development includes lifelong development. I want her to have a good understanding of high performance preparation and planning and practical coaching experience. Some opportunities come only once in a lifetime; I am honoured to be a Commonwealth Games coach for the third time, to be a part of something special, and to play a role on the lives of young people.”
The participants for the inaugural WCIP are:
- Botswana: Grace Mmolai (Boxing) mentored by Luza Lechedzani;
- Canada: Martine Drugenier (Wrestling) mentored by Tonya Verbeek; Tina Hoeben (Swimming) mentored by Martyn Wilby; Jill Perry (Boxing) mentored by Daniel Trepanier;
- England: Amanda Booth (Swimming) mentored by Grant Robins; Evangeline Collier (Table Tennis) mentored by Alan Cooke;
- Kenya: Sheila Gakii (Badminton) mentored by John Odhiambo; Carolyne Anyango Kola (Athletics) mentored by John Anzra;
- Malaysia: Nik Lini Hayati binti Nike Kazim (Triathlon) mentored by Peter Lau; Bah Chuh Mei (Lawn Bowls) mentored by Zuraidi Puteh;
- Mauritius: Isabelle Andre (Table Tennis) mentored by Sahajasein Aladd;
- Mozambique: Soraya Santos (Swimming) mentored by Orlando Dingane;
- New Zealand: Victoria Grant, (Rugby Sevens) mentored by Stu Ross; Amanda Murphy (Athletics) mentored by Dale Stevenson; Cordelia Norris (Diving) mentored by Steve Gladding;
- Northern Ireland: Laura Kerr (Athletics) mentored by Jackie Newton;
- South Africa: Dumisane Chauke (Netball) mentored by Norma Plummer; Mpho Madi (Wrestling) mentored by Nico Coetzee; and
- Uganda: Gamba Mildred (Athletics) mentored by Nalis Bigingo.