On Thursday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), and Deloitte launched Game Plan – a high performance athlete wellness and transition program designed to give Canadian athletes new tools to pursue excellence during and beyond their sporting careers.
The COC and Deloitte also announced the renewal of their partnership through 2032 – an unprecedented term of engagement, highlighting Deloitte’s positive impact on the sport system in Canada. The COC also announced today that human resources leader, Morneau Shepell, is partnering with the organization through 2020 as an official supporter and founding partner of the Game Plan program, providing a suite of mental health services to athletes. As a Premier National Partner of the COC, RBC will also be joining the program as a Founding Partner and lending their expertise in financial literacy to the athlete community.
The Game Plan program, which is supported by the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSI Network), has a goal to provide Canadian athletes with resources for life beyond sport. This new initiative which has been near three years in development, takes a proactive approach to total athlete wellness. It is designed to alleviate life’s common stressors and distractors, allowing athletes and coaches to focus on performing when it matters most.
The Game Plan program takes the very best information from all of its partners to cultivate an elite ecosystem of resources all in one place. Game Plan Advisors will form part of the integrated support teams for athletes, working alongside sport scientists and performance experts. Game Plan Advisors are skilled in supporting athletes, drawing on their knowledge of high performance sport, career development, transition planning and goal-setting.
Both Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls will be encouraged to access the five distinct elements of the Game Plan program, which include: education, skill development, health, network, and career management. Each element is then made up of various pertinent modules – 33 initially, with others being added as the program evolves. Some examples of specific modules and resources that will be available to athletes include:
- Career Management – a job board featuring flexible work opportunities for athletes
- Network – a mentoring program set up between transitioning athletes and next generation hopefuls
- Education – specialized training opportunities and flexible class schedules at participating institutions
- Skill Development – conferences and webinars educating athletes on personal and corporate brand management, public speaking skills and financial planning
- Health – access to mental health support 24/7 and mental health awareness training.
Ease of use and accessibility for athletes will be key to the program, with all resources being consolidated in a new website at www.mygameplan.ca. Specific resources will be delivered in multiple platforms at convenient times including through conferences, digital applications, one-on-one counselling, and group sessions.
Game Plan is now available for athletes, with modules for each element becoming more comprehensive as the program grows and develops.
For more information on Game Plan, please visit: www.mygameplan.ca