Thursday, 27 September 2012

Valkyries in the news

Valkyries head for the sidelines to coach boys' teams


After two undefeated championship seasons in the Western Women's Canadian Football League, members of the Saskatoon Valkyries are taking on new roles as coaches of boys' teams around the city.
"It's been a ton of fun. I've coached other sports before, and it's nice to be able to coach football, which is kind of a big part of my life right now," said Marci Kiselyk, who is coaching the receivers for the Aden Bowman junior team this season.
Although she knew almost nothing about the game before joining the Valkyries two years ago, Kiselyk had no trouble taking on the instructional role.
"I feel a lot more knowledgeable than I would have anticipated," she said. "We had really good coaches with the Valkyries, and they let us ask questions. I asked a ton of questions - it was probably irritating. So I just kind of have really developed my knowledge of the game."
So far, gender hasn't been any sort of issue for Kiselyk and the team.
"The guys are great. They listen to me and seem to respect what I have to say. I think that's huge for the game of football, that they can allow themselves to be coached by a female," she said.
"I think they could just see that I was really passionate about it, and excited to be around, and that to an extent I do know what I'm talking about. They were able to kind of feed off that." Read more...