Coaching Association of Canada

Rose Labreche

Match Official, Rugby Canada
Senior Policy Analyst, Government of Canada

Topic: The Experience of Change and Transition within Sport: Learnings from the Story Arc

Bob Dylan’s iconic song “The Times They Are A-Changin” is a compelling call to embrace change or “sink like a stone”. The ability to navigate unpredictability is essential for both athletes and the sport system to remain buoyant in the world of high performance sport. This session will highlight “change” as experienced in the life of an athlete, examine transitions and learnings along the sport journey.

Rose has been involved in rugby since 2003 as a player, coach, administrator, and most notably, match official. She transitioned to refereeing after sustaining a number of injuries and has not looked back. She has refereed at the highest level of the sport worldwide at prestigious events such as the Pan American Games in 2015, the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in 2016, and the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017. Outside of sport, she recently obtained a Master's degree from the University of Ottawa in International Development and Environmental Sustainability, and currently works for the federal government in Ottawa.