Excellence in Sport Panel

Listen, learn, and reflect on the experiences of underrepresented individuals in sport contexts. The panelists include exceptional contributors to sport performance, coaching, research, and teaching. This session will take place on March 25th at 4:30pm. There will be a Q&A in the latter portion of the session. If you have questions that you would like to be answered, please share them with us here [INSERT HYPERLINK]. 

Registration is included in your ECSEPS registration. We encourage you to learn about our panelists below.

Meet the Panelists

Chris Cheng

Head Coach of the University of Windsor Men's Basketball Team

Chris Cheng is the head coach of the Lancer men's basketball team, and just the sixth coach in Windsor's program history. Prior to joining the Lancers, Cheng served as the first-ever head coach of men’s basketball at Nipissing University in North Bay where he was their coach for five seasons.  Cheng is a current Assistant Coach with our Junior Men's National Team. Cheng is a graduate from York University where he earned a Sociology Degree and an Education Degree. He is also a graduate of Humber College where he completed both his Early Childhood Education and Recreation and Leisure Services diploma. He was awarded the provincial Jill Logan Teaching Award, the Sport Alliance Award and was the recipient of the Humber College Board of Governors Award during his time there.  Cheng is also currently completing his Masters of Kinesiology in Sport Management at the University of Windsor. Diverse representation in sport is important to Cheng because it enhances participation and provides role-modeling.  

Dr. Leisha Strachan

Professor at University of Manitoba

Dr. Leisha Strachan is a first-generation Black Canadian, proud daughter of Jerome and Margaret Strachan who immigrated to Winnipeg 53 years ago from the Caribbean island of Grenada. She is blessed to stand on the shoulders of elders in her family and Black community in Winnipeg who came to Winnipeg facing discrimination and racism yet remained for the opportunities that they foresaw for their children. Dr. Strachan began her career as a physical educator after completing a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba. After teaching for three years at the K-8 level, she left teaching to pursue graduate school. She completed a Master of Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor (advisor – Dr. Krista Chandler) and a PhD in Sport Psychology at Queen’s University (advisors – Dr. Jean Côté and Dr. Janice Deakin). Currently, Dr. Strachan is a Professor and serving as Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba. Her research is focused on positive youth development through sport and she is interested in exploring positive coaching behaviors and parent involvement. Along with Dr. Dany MacDonald and Dr. Jean Côté, she began Project SCORE (www.projectscore.ca), an online resource for coaches and parents to learn about the 4 Cs in sport (i.e., competence, confidence, connection, and character) and how the Cs could be incorporated to promote positive youth sport spaces. She is currently working on a SSHRC/Sport Canada research project evaluating Project SCORE. Further, Dr. Strachan is interested in cultural relevancy within the field of positive youth development and has recently completed a SSHRC-funded grant that explored the Cs through the voices of Indigenous youth. In addition, Dr. Strachan is part of a research team exploring anti-racism policies and practices in Winnipeg and the sport experiences of newcomers in the community. Her experiences in the field of sport psychology have also involved applied work, spending five seasons as a mental performance consultant with the University of Manitoba women’s soccer team. She is a former national team member in the sport of baton twirling, earning 2 bronze medals at the world championships. She has been coaching in the sport for the past 26 years and is a judge and choreographer in baton, working with athletes across Canada, Scotland, England, and Australia. She continues to engage and develop the next generation through directing ANANSI School for the Performing Arts, a group working to teach African and Caribbean culture through the arts.

Ashley Duguay

Professor at University of Manitoba

Registration is included in your ECSEPS registration. We encourage you to get to learn about our panelists below.

Paul McCrary

Owner of Limitless Training

Registration is included in your ECSEPS registration. We encourage you to get to learn about our panelists below.

Randy Beardy

Recruiting Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach at the University of Windsor Football Team

I am the Recruiting Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach at the University of Windsor.  For education, I graduated from the University of Windsor with a B.A. in Psychology, and afterwards became a certified strength & conditioning specialist.  As an indigenous man, diverse representation in sport is important because of the culture of understanding it cultivates.  Removed are the concepts born from ignorance because of the relationships that are fostered through mutual understanding.  Go Lancers!

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