OTTAWA- Patrica Landry (St-Etienne-des-Gres, QC) is diving right into the coaching world. After retiring as a player following the 2010 World Cup in Venezuela, Landry began the next phase of her baseball career by accepting a coaching position with the Women’s National Team. Her first role with the team was accompanying a group of Bantam Girls to Cuba in February for a baseball and cultural experience. Landry’s next journey took place in late March where she was fortunate enough to attend the Women in Coaching National Coach Workshop put on by the Coaching Association of Canada.
“It was a great experience for me as a coach as well as for my own growth,” said Landry when reflecting on the 3-day event. “The workshop gave me and others the opportunity to share our experiences, philosophy and to learn from different aspects of other sports.”
Landry was nominated to attend the event held in picturesque Jackson’s Point, Ontario by Women’s National Team Head Coach André Lachance (Québec, City, QC).
“Patricia was a valuable member of the National Team for many years as a player and I think she will have a similar impact on the coaching side of things,” said Lachance. “The workshop is a great opportunity for her to gain knowledge in coaching and refine the coaching tools that she already has.”
The workshop featured opportunities for female coaches to share their stories and experiences, exchange information and form new relationships that will become valuable in the future. Some notable guest speakers were also on hand to offer their knowledge and insight.
One such speaker who had an impact on Landry was Manon Perron, who spoke about her experience with Olympic bronze medalist Joanie Rochette after the figure skaters mother passed away mere days before competition.
“Her presentation was very emotional and inspiring,” explained Landry. “In a few minutes she got through a lot of things about coaching- especially the coach's mental preparation and how important it is to know our athletes.”
Melody Davidson, the Women’s National Team Hockey Coach also shared her knowledge about the importance of team building, team preparation and how you need to be able to adapt as a coach to get the most out of your team.
“Both of them have great experiences and wisdom and I am grateful that they took the time to share them with us,” continued Landry. “In a short time they gave us a lot of knowledge that will help me grow as a coach.”
Landry’s experience also afforded her the opportunity to speak with athletes that are newly retired from competitive sport. The thing that impressed Landry the most was their desire to stay involved in sport while also living busy lives away from the games they love.
“It was impressive to see more than 20 women involved in sport at a high level, and how they juggle every aspect of their life,” added Landry. “They travel around the world, they have children, they have another job and they are doing this for the same reason, passion.”
It is easy to see that Landry is passionate about her new coaching role which can only mean positive things for women’s baseball in the future.