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Women in Sport Series: She Can Coach

Updated: Jan 15

Join us live on Zoom on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 7:30pm for our first edition of the Women in Sport Series: She Can Coach! This event is free to register.

Hear from industry experts on coaching and community sport as well as a keynote address from Shelley Coolidge who has over 30 years of experience in Canadian sport including time with Hockey Canada, Coaches of Canada, the University of Alberta and now the founder of her own Consulting firm to develop values-based leadership in organizations, the Canadian sport landscape and as a mentor to other coaches.

Our coaches panel has decades of expertise as both competitors and coaches and includes Colette McAuley (Gryphon Women's Rugby Head Coach), Megan Reid (Gryphon's Women's Basketball Assistant Coach) and Chantique Carey-Payne (Gryphon's Swimming Head Coach). Full bios below.

Our community sport experts come from the GMHA and Guelph Soccer and will both share stories and insights on working in the community sport space hosted by Jen Brisbin (GMHA) and Sara Orrell (Guelph Soccer).

Hosted by Zoom (details will be provided only to registered guests)




Shelley Coolidge | Principle Owner and Educator, Cool-Edge Consulting

Shelly is an entrepreneur who developed her business and brand based on years of education and experience competing, coaching, mentoring, officiating, and developing programs. Coolidge is a certified educator, chartered professional coach (ChPC), master coach developer, mentor, and leader across multi-sport, international, national, provincial, post-secondary and community sport sector.

Shelley was Team Canada’s assistant coach at the inaugural World university Games. Canada defeated the host Chinese team, 3-1 to capture the first ever women’s hockey FISU Gold Medal. She is also a former manager of the Female Hockey Development program at hockey Canada and past-president of the CIS Women’s Hockey Coaching Association.

Collidge was selected as the mentor coach for the 2012 IIHF Female Hockey Development Program in Verimaki, Finland, collaborating with female hockey leaders to better the skills of internal coaches and athletes.

Shelley was the recipient of the Canadian Women in Sport Breakthrough Award and Hockey Canada’s Hal Lewis Award.



Colette McAuley | Head Coach, Guelph Gryphon Women’s Rugby

Colette McAuley played fullback for the Guelph Gryphons while attending the University of Guelph. She was also a member of the Ontario provincial team from 1994 to 2007 and was team captain in 2005.

McAuley's first international cap was at a Can-Am test match in Saranac Lake, N.Y. on the 6th of August 2000] under Coach Ric Suggitt. She would spend ten years with the program including participation at the 2002 Women's Rugby World Cup. McAuley played in the 2011, 2003, and 2005 Canada Cups.

For two years, McAuley also represented Canada at international sevens tournaments in Hong Kong, Dubai, and Los Angeles; including winning tournaments in San Diego and Toronto.

After retiring from her international rugby career, Colette McAuley spent a decade as an assistant coach for the Guelph Gryphons before becoming the head coach in 2006. Under her supervision as head coach, the program won eight OUA championships and a national title in 2011.

She runs an athlete-centered program which focuses on technique as much as the psyche of her players. Her ability to develop and spot talent earned her the title of Pathway Coach to National 15's and 7's programs for the past decade[4] including representation as Maple Leafs 7s Assistant Coach at the invitational Las Vegas sevens tournament in 2017.

McAuley has also been a member on the Rugby Canada Board of Directors, Past-President of the Canadian Rugby Foundation, and the Monty Heald National Women's Fund committee member.

Chantique Carey-Payne | Head Coach, Guelph Gryphon, Swimming

Chantique Carey-Payne was named the head coach of the Gryphons varsity swimming program in June of 2017. Prior to being named head coach, Chantique spent two seasons serving as an assistant coach with the U of G swim teams. As a swimmer, Payne was a four-year OUA All-Star during her time at the University of Guelph, and earned an impressive total of 11 OUA medals, and eight CIS medals. She is a seven-time OUA Gold medalist and in 2009-10 swam to a national title and First Team All-Canadian status in the 50m Butterfly. In 2011 her career culminated in an impressive four national medals at the CIS Championships including a silver in the women's 50m butterfly, bronze in the 100m butterfly and a pair of bronze medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle During her collegiate career, Payne set one OUA record in the 100m Butterfly in her fourth-year and holds three all-time Gryphon swimming records in the 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle events. She also earned two bronze medals at the 2012 Summer Canadian Championships. After swimming Payne turned her attention to coaching, and started as a full-time assistant coach with the Gryphons program during the 2015-16 season. In the last two years she has focused on growing her coaching career, learning all-facets of the program but specifically taking a lead on the dryland planning and implementation. She has also earned invaluable experience as the National Team Coach for the Canadian Lifesaving team this past year. Payne has also been coaching with the local Guelph Marlins Swim club for the past six years sharing her knowledge of swimming and competitive lifesaving. She has done an excellent job of combining her work with the Marlins and Gryphon varsity team.

Megan Reid | Assistant Coach, Guelph Gryphons Women’s Basketball

Megan Reid has been with the Guelph Gryphons Women’s Basketball team for 4 seasons, she came to Guelph after being the Lead Assistant at Mohawk College, Women’s Basketball for 8 years. Prior to working in post-secondary, she was an Assistant Coach Sr. Boys Basketball, John F. Ross, with 3 AAAA OFSAA appearances, Head Coach Jr. Girls Basketball, John F. Ross, Head Coach Sr. Girls Basketball, 1 OFSAA appearance. She spent 22 years teaching with Halton DSB and Upper Grand DSB.

Reid has 4 Silver OCAA medals, 1 OCAA Bronze Medal, has been active on the OUA East and West Women’s Basketball Officiating Panel for 5 years and officiated 3 Gold Medal and 1 Bronze Medal AAAA Boys and Girls OFSAA Championships.

Reid played on the UWO CIS Bronze Medal Team in 1996-97 and is the proud wife of Bill Price and Mom to J.J.



Jen Brisbin | Past President, Guelph Minor Hockey Association

Jen Brisbin has a PhD in Immunology and is the Global Project Lead in Research and Development for Coccidiosis Vaccines at Ceva Animal Health, Inc. Jen loves her job, but it can be stressful at times and physical activity and sport has kept her balanced.

Being active has always been extremely important to her and although she have never competed at a high level in any given sport she has participated in a wide variety of different sports. After becoming a mother she knew it was important for them to be involved with sport as well.

In an effort to give back, Jen joined the Guelph Minor Hockey Board as a Director. She was involved for 6 years holding positions such as Secretary, Vice President, President, Past President and Director of AAA Representative Hockey. Jen also for a brief period sat on the Board of Directors for the Guelph Skating Club. Being involved with Not-for-Profit Volunteer Sports Associations has taught jen more than any other position I have had.

Sara Orrell | General Manager, Guelph Soccer

A community sport advocate and avid supporter of the “Beautiful Game”, Sara Orrell has been able to combine her passion for not-for-profit, community development and sport to her current role of General Manager for Guelph Soccer.

Under Sara’s guidance since 2018 and with the support of her team of staff and volunteers, Guelph Soccer has expanded its reach within the community service sector of the City. In recognition of these efforts, Guelph Soccer recently received the Community Partner Award from Guelph Police Services and the Administrative Award from Southwest Soccer.

Before arriving at Guelph Soccer, Sara studied at the University of Guelph and went on to spend time with both the Canadian Cancer Society and March of Dimes Canada. Sara also holds certificates in Leadership and Volunteer Program Management and is currently working toward her diploma in Human Resources.

An experienced, innovative, and enthusiastic leader, Sara has demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse portfolio of individuals and organizations to bring innovative ideas to reality.

As an advocate for gender equality in sport, Sara has been instrumental in the creation and execution of Guelph Soccer’s ‘She’s Got Game Program’; an all-girls program that engages, inspires, and mentors female coaches.

Sara also lends her time to various committees and working groups that are dedicated to ensuring sport is accessible to all youth.

Sara lives in Guelph with her husband, Aaron and their two boys Peter and Johnathan and spends the little spare time away from the soccer club with family, sneaking in a quick trail run, curling up with a good book and cheering for TFC.



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