Coaching Association of Canada

Peggy Falkenham-Boutilier

Sport: Biathlon

Current Coaching Position: Coach, Cadet Corps; Development Squad, 2011 Canada Winter Games

CAC Program Involvement: Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program

Mentor: Stephen Hale

“Peggy is a competent biathlon coach. Her dedication, experience, and positive attitude have helped to develop the Cadet Corps biathlon team into provincial-level competitors. Her participation in the Women in Coaching program will have a positive impact on coaching development for biathlon in Nova Scotia.”Liz Pace, Sport Consultant, Department of Health Promotion and Protection

Sport History
Athletic
Prior to the age of 40, Peggy made sport important in the lives of her two boys. They participated in the summer sports of soccer, swimming, and sailing. Winter sports included hockey and biathlon. When her boys were old enough, she played golf but quickly was drawn to competitive running and biathlon. In 2009, during the competitive Run Nova Scotia running circuit, she placed first in her age category. A highlight of her athletic history is qualifying for and competing at several marathons, including the Boston Marathon.

Coaching
Peggy coached soccer briefly, but in 2003 the sport of biathlon caught her attention and she started helping at a local Cadet Corps. As she says, “the rest is history.” She has steadily been gaining knowledge and experience at many events, including Easterns and the North American Cup. She continues to coach the cadets and the development squad for the 2011 Canada Winter Games.

Current Occupation
Executive Assistant

Hometown
Lunenberg, N.S.

Education
• Legal diploma, Miss Murphy’s Business College
• National Coaching Certification Program, Community Coach training and Level 2 Technical in biathlon, Competition – Introduction training

Expectations of the Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program
“Being selected as an apprentice coach for the 2011 Canada Winter Games in the sport of biathlon is a tremendous honour. The learning opportunities as a result of this selection are huge. The sharing of information is valuable as meaningful connections with a network of other women is established. It is my pleasure to take part in this ambitious undertaking.”

Quick Facts
Greatest achievement: Qualifying for and completing the Boston Marathon.
Source of motivation: My passion for physical activity and goal setting. Tie that to my family’s support and it’s a win-win combo.
Greatest wish: That my family has health and happiness.