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Fast & Female Champ Chat – Saskatoon, Sk – September 8, 2019
Attended by Prairie Central District Community Consultant, Aileen Martin
Fast & Female is an organization whose mission is to keep girls healthy and active in sports. Their number one goal is to inspire the next generation of female athletes by sharing their love of sports. This event was hosted in partnership with the City of Saskatoon, Sask Sport, CAAWS and the Canadian Sport Institute. If you were anywhere near the Sasktel Sports Centre in Saskatoon on Sunday, September 8th you would have felt and heard the energy and enthusiasm spilling out the doors as over 150 females aged 8-17 were gathered there.
PCD had girls there from the communities of Warman, Martensville, Watrous, Hanley, Davidson, Silton and Fort Qu’Appelle.
The female athletes participated in a series of activities promoting and developing physical literacy as well as inspiration and motivation from their peers and from female ambassadors. They learned the ins and outs and basic skills in Ringette, Football, Fencing and Wheel Chair Basketball!
They took part in a nutrition session learning the difference between proteins and carbohydrates, and what food fuels what part of their work out! They all went home with a bag of hand-made trail mix and had a healthy Greek yogurt parfait snack.
A favourite activity by many was sitting down and chatting with the Olympic Athletes that were in attendance! Jessica Furlan, Kia Schollar, and Mercedes Nicoll were a few of the champions on the panel. Mercedes shared stories on her Snowboarding accident at the Olympics that almost took her out of the sport.
“All that mattered to me back then was getting sport back in my life and my sparkle back. “- Mercedes Nicoll.
Another great story was how Jessica Furlan never thought she would or could be a professional athlete. She always looked up to others and thought how amazing they were. She spoke on the journey of watching her idols on TV, then training at the same gym, then competing at the same meets and then standing on the same podium. All the athletes’ echoed the same message…Sport is so much more than a game, it truly is life changing with the people you meet, the places you go and how it shapes you as a person. One motto from Fast and Female is “confidence is always in style.” And these gals rocked it!
Team PCD had some amazing athletes in attendance! Hopefully we see them wearing the PRAIRIE CENTRAL colours at any upcoming games; maybe even in TEAM CANADA gear!
The girls all left with an amazing Fast & Female T-shirt, some autographs and inspiration and memories to last a life time!
Aileen felt fortunate to have been there and working alongside the female coaches, volunteers and sport ambassadors. Thanks to all involved.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport have developed an online coaching resource called Keeping Girls in Sport. The 90-minute course was developed using the research of Dr. Vicki Harber, professor emeritus at the University of Alberta, and teaches how to create a safe and respectful coaching environment for female athletes, and ultimately, keep them engaged and enrolled in sport long-term.
Two-time Olympic Gold Medallist Rosie MacLennan recognizes the value of tailoring your approach to meet the needs of female athletes: “My coach created a training environment conducive not only to female athletes staying, but succeeding in sport. Had I quit as a teenager, I would have given up much more than Olympic medals. If you work with female athletes, it’s important to understand not only the barriers female athletes face, but the motivators that help us improve: that’s why I recommend coaches take Keeping Girls in Sport.”
To read more about this resource that is available in the October 2018 CAAWS ‘In the Loop” E-news click here.
The Women in Sport Encouragement (WISE) Fund was created to support women leaders’ development and organizations that are currently offering or creating diverse opportunities and programming, along with positive experiences for girls and women in sport and physical activity. Ten recipients will receive a grant of $1000 each to support professional development or programming. The 2018 WISE Fund applications are now closed. Visit the CAAWS Website for updated information.
Top 10 tips for staying active after school:
Check out the CAAWS Top 10 Success Factors for designing after school programs for girls to get their daily physical activity minutes. They also suggest integrating the ideas, tracking and rewards of the ParticipACTION 150 Play List