Current Coaching Position: Apprentice Coach, 2011 PEI Canada Games Squash Team
CAC Program Involvement: Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program
Mentor: Derek Lawther
“Shara was quite involved in the athletic world as a player in the sports of softball and karate throughout her youth. In the past three years, she has become very involved in squash, rising to the highest competitive level for women in the province within a very short time. Her past experience at national-level competitions in softball and karate, along with her enthusiasm and excitement for the sport of squash, will be very beneficial not only to her in becoming a high performance coach, but to the athletes she will be working with. Shara is an excellent candidate for the apprenticeship program and will be a wonderful role model for female athletes in our province.” – Jo-anne Wallace, Provincial Coaching Coordinator, Sport and Recreation, PEI Department of Health and Wellness
Shara grew up playing softball as much as she could every summer. “I couldn’t get enough! I would play until it was too dark to see and then find a spot under a street light or park light and continue to play until my curfew.” She represented Prince Edward Island several times at the national level and played for her high school team, which twice won the provincial championship. She also did karate during her teens and as a young adult competed at the regional and national levels. After university, looking for something to satisfy her need to continue to learn and her competitive nature, she was introduced to squash by co-workers and was immediately hooked. She is currently female vice president, Squash PEI, and teaches the game to women as a volunteer. Shara continues to play squash and as much softball as possible during the summer.
Shara has just begun her coaching career and is excited to embark on the journey.
• Science degree, with honours in biology and a minor in chemistry, University of Prince Edward Island
Expectations of the Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program
“I feel very lucky to have been accepted for the apprenticeship program. As an athlete just making the transition to coaching, I believe the program will afford me specific experiences that will help me to develop more quickly as a coach and will give me the resources and contacts needed to help me become the best coach possible. Having a mentor coach is a great perk as it provides new coaches with support and guidance. I love being part of the squash community and watching the development of the junior and adult players and the community as a whole.”
Greatest achievement: Completing university.
Source of motivation: All of the coaches I have had over the years, including my parents and my husband, who are my life coaches.
Greatest wish: To be able to participate in sport for my whole life.