Coaching Association of Canada

Nicole Czajka

Sport: Biathlon

Current Coaching Position: Apprentice Coach, Biathlon Manitoba; Coach, Cadet Corps Biathlon Program

CAC Program Involvement: Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program

Mentor: Gregg Campbell

“It has been a real pleasure for us to work with Biathlon Manitoba as they are working hard on developing young coaches. Nicole has shown a keen interest in advancing her coaching skills and has shown a level of confidence that the athletes and her mentor coach, Gregg Campbell, feel will make her an invaluable part of our 2011 Canada Winter Games program. Nicole comes to us from the Cadet Corps biathlon program, as an athlete from 1999 to 2003 and began her coaching career in 2006. It is always our goal to encourage athletes to make the transition to coaching. Nicole’s commitment, drive, and positive attitude make her a great part of our program.”Greg Guenther, Director of Coaching, Sport Manitoba

Sport History
Athletic
As a child, Nicole’s parents encouraged her to participate in many different sports – swimming, track and field, skating, cross country skiing, rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming, roller blading, biking, and intramural sports in high school – and she also took dance classes. She was introduced to biathlon when she joined the Cadet Corps program. Since she could already cross country ski, she decided to add shooting to her repertoire. She attended many national championships under the direction of a great coach, Gerry Mychajlshyn, and won bronze medals in team relay and all-round team. Once she retired from her Cadet career, she was asked to coach a local unit and has never looked back.

Coaching
Nicole has been coaching with the Cadet Corps biathlon program for five years and started coaching with Biathlon Manitoba in 2010.

Current Occupation
Administrative Assistant, Library and Archives Canada

Hometown
Winnipeg

Education
• Science degree, University of Manitoba

Expectations of the Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program

“I hope to gain insight into my coaching style and identify my strengths as a coach and the areas I need to improve upon in supporting my athletes.”

Quick Facts
Greatest achievement: Obtaining my glider pilot’s licence.
Source of motivation: Watching athletes improve and accomplish things they thought were impossible.
Greatest wish: Equal sport opportunity for all kids.