The University of Toronto conducted a study that concluded that despite a rise in the number of female athletes in Canadian universities, the rate of female coaches is still staggeringly low. Only 17% of all head coaches at Canadian Universities are female.
The rates at the University of British Columbia are similar, 41% of all athletes are female yet only 15% of all coaches are.
UBC field hockey coach, Poonam Sandhu said from personal experience it’s easier for her to connect with other female players.
“For me it’s always been nice because I can connect to my players on a personal level, because I’ve gone through the same things at the collegiate level. I have been through the same experiences so I can understand and connect at a different level. “ – Poonam Sandhu, UBC Field Hockey Coach