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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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: