2011May 18

2011 SPAD Grad Already Working Internationally

Stephanie Outside the SVGOC Headquarters

By 2011 SPAD Grad Stephanie Johnson

Just 2 days after my last university class, I moved to St Vincent and the Grenadines where I will spend the next 12 months working in partnership with the St Vincent and the Grenadines Olympic Committee (SVGOC) as a representative of Commonwealth Games Canada.

2011 marks the 3rd year of Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC)’s groundbreaking Capacity Support Program (CSP) where15 young Canadians will individually be placed throughout the Commonwealth- from the Caribbean and the Americas to Africa, Asia and Oceania.

This worldwide sport development program, which launched in 2009, is co-funded by the Commonwealth Games Federation and this year by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Olympic Solidarity. Under the CSP, young Canadians with sports administration backgrounds are sent to work as Capacity Support Officers (CSOs) with Commonwealth Games Associations and National Olympic Committees in developing countries.

The officers’ goal is to augment the sport management capabilities of each organization and thus reinforce CGC’s mandate of encouraging international development through sport.

“I can’t begin to imagine the kind of things I will learn over the next 12 months about international sport development, culture, national sport organizations and multisport events. I hope that I can bring the kind of energy and knowledge I learned from my experience in the SPAD program as well as my event management internships and integrate well into the SVGOC.  I know over the next year I will gain enormous benefits from the international experience that will be unique and valuable to the development of my sport career.”

I need to thank Tony Church for the support and guidance he has given me in my application and acceptance to the Capacity Support Program. I wouldn’t be in the hectic and amazing position I am today without his efforts in helping me begin my career in sport. Thanks TC, you’re amazing!

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