Ontario PGA and Golf Association of Ontario Announce Upcoming Ontario Golf Coaches Summit and New Golf Coaches Website


Ontario PGA and Golf Association of Ontario Announce Upcoming
Ontario Golf Coaches Summit and New Golf Coaches Website

(Pickering, Ont., February 8, 2011) – As part of its continued commitment to coach development, the Ontario PGA and the Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) announced today the inaugural Ontario Golf Coaches Summit and the launch of the new GAO coaching website.

The Ontario Golf Coaches Summit will be the first ever conference in Ontario focused on junior golf development and coaching. Held at White Oaks Resort & Conference Centre in Niagara Falls on April 11-12, 2011, the Summit will bring together some of the worlds leading experts in the field of junior golf coaching.

“This event will provide coach participants with a toolbox of strategies for coaching the developing junior golfer,” said GAO Director of Sport Development Mike Kelly. “It will include topics such as long term player development, cognitive science, fitness, biomechanics and mental management, and will help coaches become better facilitators of learning.”

Presented in partnership with Golf Canada, the event will give participants the opportunity to interact with renowned speakers including author and golf professional Fred Shoemaker, performance consultant Dr. Rick Jensen, acclaimed junior coach Rudy Duran, biomechanics expert and ZenoLink founder Chris Welch, sport science expert Dr. Greg Wells, and leading coaching and physical activity professional Penny Werthner as well as former National Cross Country Ski Coach and Mr. Cross Country Jack Sasseville.

Ontario Golf Coaches Summit registration benefits include:

• Full access to keynote and breakout sessions with world renowned presenters in an interactive environment, including the Royal Niagara Golf Club practice facility and White Oaks’ famous performance and fitness centre.
• Accommodation at the five star White Oaks Resort and Conference Centre.
• Access to a number of coaching tools, training aids and presentations from on site exhibitors
• Welcome gifts including two books from presenters Rick Jensen and Fred Shoemaker.
• Full conference delegate package including USB key with all keynote and breakout presentations.
• Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks during both days of the event.
• Sunday Masters reception; the opportunity to eat, drink and relax while you watch the final round of the Masters on the big screen alongside colleagues and presenters.
 • Coaches Gala Banquet featuring presentation of Coach of the Year Awards, including dinner and reception
•Coach membership with the GAO, which includes coach shirt, hat, access to the GAO coaching website, and several other benefits.

Full information about the Ontario Golf Coaches Summit can be found on the new GAO Golf Coaches website at http://coaching.gao.ca

This new website will serve as a portal for golf coaches in Ontario and for users seeking information about obtaining a golf coach in the province. The first website dedicated exclusively to golf coaches in Ontario, it has been created in partnership with the Coaches Association of Ontario, Golf Canada, the Canadian PGA and all three of its Ontario zones.

Features of the website include a coach locator, apprentice and funding opportunities, parent education, an event calendar, and a host of sport-specific resources for coaches in the province. A members only section, set to launch in the spring, will include lesson plans and templates, multimedia resources and coach message board, and will serve as the go-to resource for Ontario’s golf coaches.

Both the Ontario Golf Coaches Summit and the new GAO Coaches Website have been made possible by funding delivered by the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport.

For more information, please visit http://coaching.gao.ca



Scott Pritchard
Associate Director
Ontario PGA

Mallory Dayman
Sport Development Coodinator – Participation and Coaching
905.852.1101 ext. 237
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