In an effort to improve coach development opportunities, Volleyball Alberta is pleased to offer occasional coaching clinics and symposiums within the province. Each of these events showcase a collection of high profile speakers and presenters delivering topics relevant to the modern day game of volleyball and sport in general. Many of these clinics and symposiums will offer PD points for trained coaches.

See below for upcoming events or previous offerings.

Upcoming Events

2024 Female Sport Summit

Date: January 6 (9:00am – 4:00pm) & 7 (9:00am – 2:00pm), 2024

Location: WinSport, Calgary, AB 

Attendance: 130 attendees & 25 presenters/facilitators


Instagram: @femalesportsummit 

Purpose: Empowering Female Athletes 

Description: The Female Sport Summit is a two-day conference specifically designed to support female athletes between the ages of 15 years and 25 years. The event’s primary objective is to spotlight the skills often overlooked in the pursuit of excellence and create awareness as to their potential impact on the unique journey of the female athlete. Identifying and understanding the often-unquantifiable aspects of performance and how they can shape experience and enjoyment of sport are vital to realistic goal setting. The intentional development of these skills can be keys to continuous improvement, sustainable performance and success in life and sport. 

Through expert speaker presentations, interactive panels and round table discussions, this inspiring summit will encourage collaborative exploration on topics such as confidence, leadership, values, fear, identity, emotions and decision-making. Participants will leave with heightened self-awareness and relevant tools to proactively plan for and overcome life adversity while strengthening their love of sport.

2024 Topics and Themes: 

Leading on and off the court: Who can lead?

How your truth can either help your success or hurt your success in sport and in life!

More than an athlete: Powering what you do with who you are

Courage is a Muscle: Make Yours Bigger!

The Tough Times Toolkit

Social Media & Branding: How to create your brand

Leadership Sport Panel: Sport after being an athlete

Making decisions in line with your values

Performance care and injury prevention OR What’s next? Planning your future as a student athlete and zyoung professional

Be Curious, Not Judgemental

GET NOTICED: For All The RIGHT Reasons (social media content creation tips & tricks from BOTH sides of the lens)

How to be an Ally and Advocate for a cause you believe in. Gender inclusion and Diversity advocate

2024 Confirmed Presenters and Table Mentors:

Kelly VanderBeek – Keynote Presenter     OLY  |   Alpine Racing

Haley Daniels – Keynote Presenter, OLY  |  Slalom Canoe

Shannon Winzer – Head Coach, Canadian Women’s National Volleyball Team

Mayor Jyoti Gondek

Lauren Ritchie – Mental Performance Coach, BA / MEd / ESFCC / Dance 

Janine Stephens –  OLY  |   Rowing

Shawnee Harle – Master Coach Developer, 2 x Olympian / Basketball 

Tara McNeil – Sport Physiologist, PhD Candidate 

Tonia Evans – Athlete, Alberta Bobsleigh 

Alysia Rissling – OLY  |   Bobsled 

Claire Hanna – TSN, Broadcaster and Sports Reporter 

Kelly Drager – CSI Calgary, Performance Dietician 

Perri Ford – CSI Calgary, Mental Performance

Kelleigh Ryan – OLY  |  Fencing

Leah Callahan – OLY  |  Wrestling

Rebecca Johnston – OLY  |  Hockey, Calgary Flames

Danielle Fujita – OLY  |  Hockey

Paige Boklaschuk – Mental Performance, Leadership 

Morgan Rogers – PhD, Leadership

Jessica Zelinka – OLY  |  Track and Field

Jasmine Mian – OLY  |  Wrestling, City Council

Leah Pezer – UBC Athletic Director, Volleyball 

Sandra Prusina – Sports Broadcaster

Dr. Amy MacKinnon – Coalition Calgary

Past Events

Sunday, September 24th, 2023:
NORCECA Final 6 Coaching Clinic (info below)

Volleyball Alberta hosted their 1st Annual Coach and Referee Symposium on December 14, 2019 at Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB. 

This multi-stream symposium brought together Alberta’s volleyball coach and referee community for a day of professional development and sharing of best practices.  As leaders in the volleyball community within Alberta, participating coaches and referees had the opportunity to learn from each other and from leading experts in their respective fields. 

The 2019 Coach and Referee Symposium featured a coach education stream and a referee education stream, as well as combined sessions throughout the day where all participants came together to share experiences and best practices. 

2019 Volleyball Alberta Coach and Referee Symposium Handbook

2019 Volleyball Alberta Coach and Referee Symposium Videos (click on the link to view):

Coach Stream
Referee Stream

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