True Sport Foundation announces 2018 recipients of the sport study scholarship from the Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund

(Ottawa, Ontario – June 26, 2018) – The True Sport Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 sport study scholarship recipients from the Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund. The awards, in the amount of $2,000 each, have been awarded to Regan Taylor for her PhD study “Examining the Employee-Employer Dyad Between Professional Coaches and Volunteer Sport Boards” and Kaitlin Vanderbeek for her master’s project “Rising to the Surface: Experiences of Elite Female Swim Coaches Gendered Influence on Career Advancement.”

The Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund is a national endowment fund established by life-long leader in sport, Lyle Makosky. The sport study scholarship program provides annual financial awards to support the study of current values- and ethics-based challenges, and related policies affecting (non-professional) Canadian sport, with the program being managed, and award winners selected by, the True Sport Foundation.

“I am truly impressed by the sophistication and scope of the study topics that will be examined by the two award recipients and by the evident potential of the study results to contribute useful learning and applied lessons to real challenges in Canadian Sport,” noted Lyle Makosky on the announcement.

“We believe that Regan and Kaitlin’s research will contribute to a deeper understanding of some of the important issues facing the sport community,” said Karri Dawson, Executive Director of the True Sport Foundation. “Their projects will examine subjects, specifically coaching and gender challenges, that are very topical in Canadian sport at this time. We are pleased to support their studies and hope that they will stimulate further conversation on values-based and ethical sport in Canada.” 

Ms. Taylor is currently in the first year of her PhD program in interdisciplinary studies at the University of New Brunswick. Ms. Vanderbeek is completing her master's of coaching at the University of Alberta. Both are former amateur athletes who are currently active in the Canadian sport community as coaches.

“I am honoured to be one of the recipients of this award and I appreciate the support and recognition for my research,” expressed Ms. Taylor. “The funds will go towards tuition and analysis software to continue to examine and investigate the dyad of coaches and volunteers in community sport. I strongly believe in the necessity of this research to improve the sport experience for women in sport whether coach, athlete or volunteer.”

“I am very grateful to have received this year’s scholarship through the Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund,” said Ms. Vanderbeek. “These funds will assist in allowing me to attend sport conferences to present my research with the intent of effecting positive change to occur for women in coaching within all sporting communities.”

For more information about the Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund and for updates on previous sport study research projects, please visit

About the True Sport Foundation

The True Sport Foundation is a national charitable organization committed to ensuring that sport makes a positive contribution to individuals and communities. The Foundation works with its many partners through programs and activities that promote values-based and principle-driven sport for all Canadians.



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