BC Coaches Week Profile - Monica Gignac

BC Coaches Week Profile - Monica Gignac

Author: BC Games Society/Wednesday, September 18, 2013/Categories: 2013 News

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British Columbia Coaches Week is September 14-22.  An initiative of Coaches BC, this week focuses on the recruitment, development and celebration of sport coaches with events around the province.

The BC Winter and BC Summer Games are an important part of BC’s athlete development pathway, but the Games also provide an important opportunity for coaching development including earning certification, attending coaching clinics, and learning from other coaches around the province. Organizations like Judo BC have taken advantage of the BC Games and used the opportunity to increase the number of coaches in the province.

In honour of BC Coaches Week, we wanted to introduce and profile one of our BC Games Coaches.

Monica Gignac from Salmon Arm has been involved with Judo since she was eight years old.  Now an NCCP Dojo Instructor, she attended the 2010 and 2012 BC Winter Games as a coach for the Thompson Okanagan (Zone 2) team. 

Why did you choose to get into coaching?

It was a natural transition from competing to coaching.  In 2010 competed at the Canadian Nationals and was the assistant coach at the BC Winter Games and I just keep going from there.  It’s something I have been doing since I was eight, and even with school and work and how life is always busy and changing, Judo remains.  First when I was young, it was a form of self defense and physical activity, then as a teenager it was for competition and fun, now as a coach I am giving back to the sport that can provide so much to people in so many different ways. 

 What is your favorite thing about coaching?

My favorite thing in knowing that the people doing this sport are enjoying it, and having fun and that they will continue to do this sport because they are enjoying it.

Do you have a particular coaching style?

I just want to keep things fun, safe and keep everyone learning. When something is fun people will continue to do it.  I also try to teach to all the learning styles, visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.

What was your favorite memory from the BC Winter Games?

My favorite memory was watching one of the competitors from my own club who had only been doing Judo for a little over a year and was extremely hesitant about going.  I spent time with her before the Games talking with her about the event and why she should go - for the experience and to be able to say that she had gone and had done her best.  She went, had a great time, met lots of people from all over the province doing her own sport, as well as many other sports, and won a gold medal.

What were you able to learn from other coaches at the BC Winter Games?

That being a great coach takes time and practice, just like being a great competitor.  That it is not something that just happens over night.  That the best coaches are the ones that are able to communicate with their students and have fun being a coach.

What are your next goals as a coach?

I am planning to coach at the 2014 BC Winter Games and would like to getting my next level of coaching certification. 

PHOTO: Monica and her Thompson Okanagan Team at the 2012 BC Winter Games

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