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A joint Presentation was made on the U.S. NCAA WCA and the Japanese WCA at the “8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport”


Jan 16, 2023
The 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport was held in Auckland, New Zealand, November 14-17, 2022. As one of the sessions of the conference, the “NCAA WCA” from the United States and the “WCA” from Japan gave a joint presentation. Due to the high level of interest, the presentation room quickly filled up to capacity, and the room was so full that all participants could not fit in the room.
Ms Liz Masen, an instructor at the NCAA WCA in the U.S. and also WCA in Japan, gave a history of the NCAA WCA since its inception in 2003. Then, Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara, Executive Director, and Natsue Koikawa, Deputy Director, of the Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS), gave a presentation about their experience at the NCAA WCA in the U.S. in 2014, the differences between the programs at the U.S. and Japanese WCA and the value of being in a women’s-only environment.

Ms. Liz Masen presenting about the U.S. NCAA WCA
Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara, Executive Director(right), and Dr. Natsue Koikawa, Deputy Director presenting about the WCA

As for how the WCA came to be held in Japan, the audience gave a big round of applause when JCRWS Executive Director Dr. Ogasawara said, “After participating in the NCAA WCA in the U.S., which was one of the most exciting things I had ever seen in Japan, I immediately decided to hold the WCA in Japan (starting in 2015, 9 months after participating in the academy).
When Deputy Director Koikawa then shared about the emotional changes that occurred as a result of her participation in the NCAA WCA, the audience again applauded loudly. She also explained the differences between the WCAs of the two countries and the cultural differences between the U.S. and Japan. In Japan, there are few female coaches at the collegiate level, and nutritionists, trainers, and school teachers are involved in coaching, which means that Japanese WCA has a wider target audience. She also introduced that, unlike in the U.S., where a specialized staff is responsible for the physical care of athletes, in Japan, where the system is not yet in place, the program includes not only coaching, but also medical and nutritional knowledge. This was praised by the audience as an excellent program.

With IWG Secretary General Ms. Lisa O’Keefe (second from right), a well-known WCA lecturer

As a way to build ongoing relationships with alumni, it was noted that in Japan, JCRWS holds seminars (WCA follow-up seminars) to disseminate information on an academic level, and that alumni continue to network with each other.
During the Q&A session, many questions were raised by audience participants and conference applications. In response to a question about funding to hold the academy, the support of Juntendo University for the WCA in Japan was cited as an example, and a suggestion was made to collaborate with the university as one idea to make the academy a reality.
Furthermore, the session was very active, with presenters and participants sharing their experiences.

The “8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport”
Dates: November 14 to November 17, 2022
Place: Auckland, New Zealand

*For more information on the “IWG World Conference on Women & Sport”, please visit the “World Conference on Women and Sport” page.
*The report for the “8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport” will be posted soon.

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