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CAAWS – The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) announces the 10 recipients of the WISE Fund grants.

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Ottawa, February 17, 2016 – 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 building on Canadian Sport for Life.  Ten recipients will receive a grant of $1000 each to support professional development or programming.

“CAAWS with the support of Sport Canada is pleased to recognize the WISE Fund grant recipients for their efforts in building leadership skills as coaches or officials and in offering sport programs that will give girls and women an opportunity  to participate and develop. ” said CAAWS Executive Director, Karin Lofstrom.

The following recipients have been supported by their noted National Sport Organization:

2016 WISE Fund Recipients

  • Canada Basketball – Toronto, ON
  • Canmore Cycling Culture – Canmore, AB (Supported by the Canadian Cycling Association)
  • Freestyle Skiing Ontario – Toronto, ON (Supported by the Canadian Freestyle Association)
  • Judo Quebec – Montréal, QC (Supported by Judo Canada)
  • Laura McPhie – Guelph, ON (Supported by Swimming Canada)
  • Niagara Falls Rowing Club – Niagara Falls, ON (Supported by Rowing Canada Aviron)
  • Ontario Ball Hockey Federation – Oakville, ON (Supported by Hockey Canada)
  • Tonya Derkson – Winnipeg, MB (Supported by the Canadian Soccer Association)
  • Victoria Synchro – Victoria, BC (Supported by Synchro Canada)
  • Women’s Sledge Hockey of Canada – Edmonton, AB (Supported by Hockey Canada)

For detailed bios of the grant recipients, please visit the CAAWS website.

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating an equitable sport and physical activity system in which girls and women are actively engaged as participants and leaders.  CAAWS provides a number of services, programs and resources to a variety of clients, including sport and physical activity organizations, teachers, coaches, athletes, volunteers, health professionals and recreation leaders.  Since 1981, CAAWS has worked in close cooperation with government and non-government organizations on activities and initiatives that advocate for positive change for girls and women in sport and physical activity.

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Haley Wolfenden

Communications, Marketing and Events Manager

Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity

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