This year’s International Women’s Day theme #PressForProgress is a call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. The Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women NL will be hosting #PressForProgress Girls in Sport Workshop on Saturday, March 10 from 11:00-3:00 pm at Manuals River Interpretation Centre, CBS.
Open to young girls age 12 – 18, this free interactive workshop will discuss the benefits for girls in sport along with the barriers females face in terms of gender equality; sexism in sport; and media and online portrayal of female athletes. The event is also intended to give participants a chance to identify issues they see hindering the progress of girls in sport.
Participants will look forward to a presentation by Dietician, Sports Nutritionist and Athlete, Holly Foley as well as a panel discussion with: Amanda Hancock, champion rower and spokeswoman on gender bias in sport; Meghan McCabe, Journalist with CBC, lifelong dancer and teacher; Jenn White, Reporter and Producer with CBC, horseback rider, three-time Tely 10 runner; and Sara Diamond, multisport athlete and assistant coach for the NL Canada Winter Games women’s hockey team. Moderating this discussion will be Dr. Anne-Marie Sullivan, the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Research in the School of Human Kinetics & Recreation at Memorial University and advocate for inclusion of persons with disabilities in sport.
Both federal and provincial governments have set out increasing participation in sport as a priority. Linda Ross, President of The Provincial Advisory Council comments “We just have to look at the benefits of sport, aside from health and wellness. It builds confidence, self-esteem, and leadership skills. With recent research showing that as females enter adolescence their participation in sport drops by 22%, we only have to look at who is engaged in recreational sport, later in life, and see that it is primarily men. We need to press for progress here”.
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Linda Ross, President/CEO