University of Windsor women's basketball head coach Chantelle Vallée works with players during a practice on Jan. 31, 2018.University of Windsor women's basketball head coach Chantelle Vallée works with players during a practice on Jan. 31, 2018.

Value of same-sex coaches extends beyond the court, says UWin student

Taylor Imeson wants to see more women in head coaching positions.

Not only would it provide female athletes with same-sex mentors, but she says it would inspire future generations of female coaches to pursue the career.

"I had always noticed that women's sports were growing, but there were barely any female coaches," says Imeson.

"Participants felt they had the necessary skills and self-efficacy to coach, however, due to various reasons, a majority did not identify coaching as a career aspiration."

The Master of Human Kinetics graduate utilized an online survey and focus group sessions with U Sports athletes, (formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sport) to study the influence of coaches and their aspirations to coach as a career.

As a medium-sized city, Imeson says Windsor has many sports programs for females at competitive and recreational levels, and yet there are still few women holding leadership positions.

"Female athletes weren't seeing women in these positions and overcoming the barriers women feel in sport," says Imeson.

"Male coaches would be supportive of athletes pursuing coaching but didn't really understand the barriers."

UWindsor graduate student Taylor Imeson is studying the absence of female coaches in sport.

UWindsor graduate student Taylor Imeson is studying the absence of female coaches in sport.

Imeson says barriers to female athletes in sports can include an unequal assumption of competence, hiring from a principle of similarity, lack of female mentors, perfectionism, lack of assertiveness, inhibition in promotion of accomplishments and high stress of balancing work and life.

"In a number of instances, study participants suggested that intimidation by males or lack of support from their male counterparts discouraged them from becoming a coach," says Imeson.

 "There's also a lack of support from female coaches in some instances because they felt they worked hard with little help so why can't the next woman?"

While having a female coach does positively influence athletes, Imeson's research shows that educating coaches of both genders is most beneficial.

"Women are so used to having male coaches that many didn't really consider what it'd be like to have a female coach," she says.

"Educating coaches of both genders on how to guide females into coaching as a career is really needed."

In addition to those programs, Imeson says athletes should have better access to coaching resources.

"It is clear that athletes need to be educated about available programs to help them become coaches," says Imeson.

"Developing a program that creates awareness for athletes who may not be considering coaching could be a vital tool to increase the number of females in coaching and leadership roles."

- Dylan Kristy

Gordon Smith, Julie PayetteGordon Smith accepts congratulations from Governor General Julie Payette on his investiture in the Order of Canada, January 24 in Rideau Hall. Photo: Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2018.

Nation recognizes contributions of two UWindsor alumni

A pair of UWindsor alumni have received one of the country’s highest civilian honours, appointment to the Order of Canada.

Governor General Julie Payette announced the appointment of political scientist Janine Brodie (BA 1974, MA 1976) on December 29, and invested movie make-up artist Gordon J. Smith (BFA 1975) at a ceremony in Rideau Hall on January 24.

Dr. Brodie is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Alberta, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Political Economy and Social Governance. She completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Windsor before earning her PhD at Carleton University.

Her Order of Canada citation notes her contributions as a scholar of Canadian politics and public policy, notably in the areas of social governance and gender politics. Her 1985 book, Women and Politics in Canada, was the first on the topic.

She was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002 and awarded a Trudeau Fellowship in 2010. In 2013, she became a fellow of the Broadbent Institute and, in the following year, she was awarded the Royal Society of Canada’s Innis-Gerin medal for significant and sustained contributions to the social sciences in Canada.

She will be invited to accept her insignia at a ceremony to be held later this year.

A master of illusion, Smith is considered a pioneer in the film and television make-up and prosthetics field. He has designed special effects make-up and meticulously crafted cutting-edge prosthetics for more than 80 motion pictures, including Platoon, JFK, and the X-Men movie franchise.

A release announcing his investiture noted the ground-breaking contributions of his Canadian crew in the development of silicone gel prosthetic technology, now the industry standard around the world.

Nominated for an Emmy for his work on the 1995 television biography Truman, Smith won a Saturn award for best make-up from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films for Guillermo del Toro’s 1997 Mimic.

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and have taken to heart the motto of the order: Desiderantes meliorem patriam (“They desire a better country”).

JD Leslie seated holding catalog, Áine Donnelly standingThérèse Dubuc (JD Leslie) marvels at the household goods available to Germaine Lauzon (Áine Donnelly) through a contest win of 1,000,000 trading stamps. Photo by Douglas MacLellan.

Contest offers opportunity to win tickets to University Players production

University Players is offering DailyNews readers a chance to win two tickets to see its current production, the Canadian classic Les Belles Soeurs. The play’s run continues through Sunday, February 11, at Essex Hall Theatre. Wednesday through Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; weekend matinees are at 2 p.m. For more information or tickets, call 519-253-3000, ext. 2808, or visit

To enter the contest, just send your answers to the following three trivia questions. The winner will be randomly selected from all correct responses received by 4 p.m. Monday, February 5.

  1. Michel Tremblay wrote Les Belles Soeurs in 1965; what year was it first produced?
    a) 1966
    b) 1967
    c) 1968
    d) 1975
  2. The play is perfomed in English, translated by John Van Burek and Bill Glassco from what language?
    a) French
    b) Greek
    c) Italian
    d) Spanish
  3. The play is set in which Canadian city?
    a) Montreal
    b) Quebec City
    c) Toronto
    d) Trois-Rivières

Contest is open to all readers of the DailyNews. Send an e-mail with your responses to One entry per contestant, please.

The Tea Party's Jeff Burrows performs at the Horse Shoe Tavern in Toronto while wearing one of Dr. Nadia Azar's BodyMedia Armbands. (Photo courtesy of Adrienne Jones/UWindsor)The Tea Party's Jeff Burrows performs at the Horse Shoe Tavern in Toronto while wearing one of Dr. Nadia Azar's BodyMedia Armbands. (Photo courtesy of Adrienne Jones/UWindsor)

Drummers wanted for online survey

Nadia Azar is looking for the particulars on the perils of being a percussionist.

The UWindsor associate professor of kinesiology has launched an online survey for drummers of all levels to gather information on playing-related pain and problems.

“The purpose of this study is to gather information on how often drummers experience pain and injuries that are directly related to playing the drums and what kinds of injuries they experience,” Dr. Azar said. “I also want to know about any playing-related or lifestyle habits that might either help drummers avoid playing-related pain/problems or put them at risk of developing them.”

Azar has also been studying drummers’ energy expenditure during live performances using sensors that monitor movement, sweat, skin temperature, and heat flux.

Those interested in the online survey must be over the age of 18 and play the drums a minimum of five hours per week. Participants cannot take part if they play forms of percussion other than a drum kit like the tympani or xylophone. Click here for more information about the survey or to participate.