True Sport Spotlight: Coach Profile - Kirsti Mason

In honour of National Coaches Week, we are putting the Spotlight on coaches from across Canada who are living the True Sport Principles.

Kirsti Mason is a ringette coach with a passion for
giving back to her community through sport.

Ms. Mason coaches community U16 Tier 1-level ringette
with the Harbour City Lakers and provincial U19 AA-level
ringette with Ringette Nova Scotia’s Excellence Program.

“Coaching is in my blood. Both my parents and grandfathers
were or still are coaches. Seeing the impact my family
had on their community inspired meto give back to the
sport I love so much,” said Ms. Mason. 

A former competitive ringette athlete, Ms. Mason has been
a coach for over 10 years and implements the True Sport
Principles in her work.

“True Sport is stated in my mission as a coach and has influenced me to reflect on my philosophy more frequently to ensure my actions are aligning with my values,” said Ms. Mason. “All the athletes I coach sign a team contract each year which includes information on the True Sport Principles. It is important for athletes to understand the value of values-based sport.” Additionally, through her role as Director of Coaching at Harbour City Lakers (HCL), Ms. Mason has been instrumental in HCL joining True Sport, and activating their commitment through True Sport education for their coaches, as well as by implementing the True Sport coach and player selection processes.

“I chose to commit to True Sport as the principles have helped me understand my purpose as a coach, have helped shape my coaching philosophy and have shone a light on how my values influence my actions as a coach,” said Ms. Mason, explaining that True Sport is important to her because it provides a framework for values-based sport and creates a better understanding of the importance of good sport, has resulted in buy-in from all stakeholders.

She advises coaches who are beginning their True Sport journeys to take time to deeply reflect on themselves, their values, their coaching philosophy, and identify how they align with their behaviours.

“I think everyone involved with sport should be familiar with True Sport. Everything we do in life is driven by our values,” said Ms. Mason. “The True Sport Principles encourage reflection on your behaviours and challenges you to compare your personal alignment with the seven principles that promote good and values-based sport.”