Women In Ski Racing Initiative
Investing in our Future: Keeping Girls & Women in Sport
Objective of session(s) – to promote sustained participation of girls and women in ski racing and to ensure they have a positive relationship with sport. The purpose of the proposed sessions is to empower girls and women to develop lifelong participation in sport, and to create a sense of belonging among women and girls in the ski community.
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- U16 attendees (athletes, parents, coaches)
- Sr. National attendees (athletes, parents, coaches)
Format: Moderated Panel - 60 mins
Facilitator: Alexia Tam
- Cassidy Gray - Canada Ski Team Athlete
- Britt Richardson - Canada Ski Team Athlete
- Montana Molyneux - BC Alpine Coach
- Steph Currie - Ontario Ski Team member
- Shelley Johnston - Ontario Para-Alpine Coach
- Mary-Beth Hemphill - Craigleith U16 Head Coach
- Marie-Eve Boulianne - Quebec Ski Team Coach
Since this event is being held at the cross over between the U-16 Finals and Senior Nationals it is important to engage that community. Current statistics suggest that girls are dropping out of sport between the ages of 13-18 for several reasons. Further, 62% of girls are not participating in any sport and in youth populations aged 9-12; 1 in 3 girls versus 1 in 10 boys drop out of sport. This workshop will be focused specifically at keeping girls in sport and presenting the challenges that many young athletes face during this critical time in their growth and development. The objective is to engage parents, coaches, and athletes in a conversation about how to keep girls and women engaged with ski racing. In an effort to support our young women athletes’ development, there will be specific attention on building healthy and positive relationships with sport and physical activity, their bodies, and their peers.