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CAAWS – CAAWS is proud to present our Impact Report for 2018-2019, representing one of the most substantial years of growth in the organization’s 39-year history. 

Flip through to see how we’re moving the Canadian sport system forward when it comes to gender equity!

Read the report!
How can you #ChampionChange with CAAWS? 
  • Are you a researcher with an interest in girls and women in sport and/or in equity, diversity and inclusion? We’ve just launched a call for members for our new Impact Research Committee. Submissions are due September 23. Read more here

  • Did you miss our Power of Positive Coaching webinar in April? Did you love it and want to learn more? To celebrate National Coaches Week, Jane King is back on September 19 with another webinar about positive coaching practices that are fundamental to keeping girls in sport. Register here!   

  • We’re excited to announce the names of the talented group of advisors who will be contributing to the development of our new Gender Equity Playbook for sport organizations. Read more about our advisory committee!  

  • Our grant applications for this year will open on October 11 – International Day of the Girl! Stay tuned for more information about eligibility criteria.  

  • Looking for a theme that will get people excited for your Annual General Meeting? Focus on gender equity and book a CAAWS workshop! Choose from a variety of topics such as boardroom best practices, long-term athlete development, or LGBTQI2S inclusion. Email to learn more.  


What’s catching our eye this month?

Photo: Alana Paterson

Vancouver-based photographer Alana Paterson was shocked to discover that while forty percent of all athletes in the United States are women, only four percent of media coverage is focused on women’s sport.

“Seeing [role models] on TV, in media, posters, whatever, does phenomenal things for keeping girls in sports. It does phenomenal things for keeping boys in sports, too. It’s just taken for granted because they’ve always seen that, that’s just part of their culture.” – Alana Paterson

In her latest project, named ‘Title IX’ after the 1972 US law that bans gender discrimination in federally funded sport, Paterson strives to mimic the style of sports photography in the 80s and 90s. Her photographs, shot on film, include portraits and action shots of girls from 14 junior and college hockey teams across the US and Canada.

See more from ‘Title IX’

Celebrating organizations that #ChampionChange

Photo: Hampton Ladies Triathlon

The Hampton Ladies Triathlon, organized by Fundy Sports and Tourism, started eleven years ago with just 36 participants competing in a race with no set distances. This year, over 300 women competed in a 400-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike, and a 5-kilometre run, making the event one of the most-attended triathlons in the Maritimes.

The race has taken on a life and culture of its own, with the participants actively supporting one another in an environment that is welcoming and non-judgmental – an expectation intentionally set with the volunteers. The organizers strive to build trusting relationships and an active dialogue with the participants. They also try to add something new to the program each year to keep people coming back – this year, they hosted a “Pasta Party” dinner and panel event with guest speakers the night before the race.

Participants of all skill levels and body types are made to feel welcome, and those who might not feel comfortable competing in another event find a sense of community in this race that makes the program unique and valuable.


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Research that drives us forward

As many clubs and coaches gear up for a new season to start in September, now is a great time to reflect on how to design a sport or physical activity environment where women and girls can meaningfully and safely participate.

There are a variety of reasons why women and girls choose to whether to participate in sport. One model for understanding this concept is a social-ecological model (below). 

Our resource “Actively Engaging Women and Girls” provides detailed recommendations for how sport and physical activity providers can account for some of these factors and enhance the long-term development of their athletes. 

Check out our variety of one-page guides, including:

Learn more about LTAD for women and girls!
Congratulations to…
  • Sue Hylland, who was named the new Federal Government Representative to the Coaching Association of Canada’s Board of Directors.
  • Jessica Rogue, who became the first Canadian woman to join the bench of an NBA team earlier this month when she spent a week as a guest coach with the Sacramento Kings.
  • Shirley Cameron, who was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame as a player, coach, and builder of women’s hockey.
  • Canadian Olympic Committee President Tricia Smith, who was elected to the Pam American Games Sports Executive Committee.
  • Leah MacNab, who was named the Managing Director of NBA Canada.
  • Andrea Shaw, who was named to the Own The Podium Board of Directors.
  • Carey Calder, who was named Chief Executive Officer of The Aboriginal Sport Circle.