Coaching Association of Canada

Meredith Gardner

Sport Development Director, Freestyle Canada

Topic: Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Strategies to Disrupt the Status Quo

Many organizations have identified gender equity as a priority, but struggle to know where to start or what to do next. This panel presentation will feature representatives from national and provincial/territorial sport organizations who will share their experiences with “disruptive innovation” to enhance programs, influence organizational culture, and advance significant and lasting change for women and girls in their sport. To support leaders and organizations in taking action, discussion will explore panelists’ efforts, impacts, challenges and learnings related to a range of topics, from participation and training environments, coaching approaches, the recruitment and retention of female leadership, to organizational culture and leadership.

As Freestyle Canada's Sport Development Director, Meredith has developed effective coach education and competition restructuring strategies to improve the sport experience for female athletes. Meredith draws on her unique perspective as a former freestyle world champion, journalist and television producer in implementing inclusive and high value programming.