A Total Athlete Wellness Program
Game Plan, powered by Deloitte, is Canada's total athlete wellness program that strives to support national team athletes to live better and more holistic lives. Through the development of their skills and network, athletes are able to focus on health, education, and career opportunities both during their high-performance career and beyond. The program helps to develop mentally stronger athletes who apply what they have learned as leaders in sport for the betterment of themselves and their communities.
Game Plan is a collaboration between the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), Sport Canada and Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSIN) to provide the best resources this country has to offer to our national team athletes - a team that has given so much and inspired so many.
The services offered around the 5 Game Plan elements:
For more information on the program or resources available, please visit the Game Plan website.
Athletes and coaches are encouraged to contact the Canadian Sport Institute in their area to learn more about athlete eligibility requirements and services available under Game Plan.
For athletes in Saskatchewan, please contact:
Michelle Dezell, Game Plan Advisor
In conjunction with Bell Let's Talk day, the Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan hosted two mental health workshops for coaches. The workshops were facilitated by Game Plan advisor Lisa Hoffart, and addressed the importance of coach mental health. Conversations highlighted the significant ways that coach wellness can contribute to the sporting environment and demonstrated coaches' willingness to have ongoing conversations about mental health in sport.
Additional presentations can be offered to coaches or athlete training groups, as a way to continue the conversations about mental health in sport. To inquire about setting up one of these sessions, please contact Michelle Dezell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental health resources can also be found here:
GamePlan YXE 2018 was an empowering, engaging and exciting day of events and presentations held on September 8th in Saskatoon. Hosted by the Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan (CSCS) for Saskatchewan high performance athletes and coaches to come together, share and learn.
Many thanks to the presenters who shared their knowledge, personal experiences, challenges, successes and tips for life in sport, outside sport and beyond!
Also many thanks to Lisa Hoffart and Heather Hynes on providing some great ice-breakers and sharing excellent tips on sport physiology and nutrition.
Game Plan: a wellness story
The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games were memorable for several reasons: seeing our athletes perform at home, experiencing the excitement up-close, not to mention the Canadian domination of all competitions (14 gold medals in 9 of the 15 disciplines).
The Vancouver Games were also an opportunity to analyze the athletes' preparation for the Games, their performance and their subsequent planning. What happens to athletes after the Olympic Games? What resources are available to them? Are they supported enough to take on the challenges of a new life? The answers to these questions were presented in the document Own The Podium - 2010 Olympic Preparation and Post Games Feedback Report, written by Dr. Kirsten Barnes (ANP). Two main recommendations emerge from this report: the importance for athletes to find a better balance between life and high-performance sports and their need of support for their athletic retirement. Inspired by these findings, proven international practices, extensive feedback from active and retired athletes, as well as identified gaps within service offerings, many recommendations have been made for the implementation of a world-class program to cater to the unique transition needs of Canadian athletes.
This is how, in a collaboration between the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSI Network) and Sport Canada, the Canadian program Game Plan (powered by Deloitte) came to light in 2015. Focused on the holistic well-being of athletes, the program provides support services through five pillars: career, education, health, skill development and networking.
Through its sports medicine and sports science services, as well as its facilities across the country, the COPSI Network benefits from its close proximity to all of Canada's carded athletes. Adding Game Plan to the existing service offering allows COPSI Network members to broaden their services of personal support to athletes and helps ensure that all components of the athletes' performance are covered.
Nine Game plan advisors, all across the COPSI Network share the same goal: support athletes in their personal development and in managing a better life balance. Their responsibilities include informing athletes of the various possibilities available to them and helping them discover options they might have not considered. For example, they can help them develop an academic plan that is compatible with their sporting career, support them in setting personal and professional goals, or making decisions.
When it comes to sports performance, athletes are surrounded by a team of professionals to ensure that all performance components are taken into account. The goal of Game Plan is to help athletes manage everything surrounding their sports performance. This way, they can focus on their sports goals while knowing that their personal and professional goals are also looked after.
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Written By: Institut national du sport du Québec for the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network