July 01, 2020
Have you seen the latest Canadian Women & Sport 2020 Rally Report? Results show that one in three girls drop out of sports in their teen years. This is over three times the dropout rate of their male peers. And, 62% of women don’t play any sports at all. This means a huge part of our population is missing out on the benefits of sports and all it has to offer individuals and their communities. Now is the time for bold action, innovation, and investment in active women.
If she can see it, she can be it! When women are active and have leadership roles in sport, communities are stronger and children’s sport participation rate is much higher. Studies show that 71% of the children of active women participate in sports, versus just 29% of children of inactive women. Canada's elite female athletes tell us that their inspiration often comes from the positive influence of active parents, coaches or seeing other women athletes perform. This is why so many go above and beyond to mentor budding athletes and pay it forward.
Featured above are the McColl sisters (Valerie - left, Nathalie - right) on the day they made their debut as Ontario Women's Hockey Association referees for the first time together last season. Congrats to these young leaders!
There are ways we as individuals and organizations can help support, empower, and elevate women in sport right now. Changemaker Dr. Jen Welter, first female coach for NFL and Madden, PhD Sport Psychology and Author, gave some awesome tips on how we can all be a part of the change we want to see at a #shecancoach She's4Sport panel last year. Here are her tips:
More inspiring SWSCD stories of women embracing leadership roles in the world of sport:
Cassidy & Courtney - Two sisters who love hockey and love being on ice hockey officials
Radio Western - Helping women see themselves in the world of sport broadcasting
CYGHA Coach Tayler Gorman Leads With Passion and Confidence
Let's celebrate women who coach: 5 stories that inspire
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Look for advice, stories, news and more on our Discover blog. Share your own active moment directly on our Discover blog or by using #seewhatshecando on social media and inspire others to get moving.
Written by Tina Finelli.
Tina is a Canadian-bred storyteller and Co-Founder of SeeWhatSheCanDo. Lover of all things outdoors, Tina's happy place is surrounded by forest, water and mountains. In moments when she isn't moving outdoors, CrossFitting or playing hockey, you'll find her watching her daughters on the dance floor or playing hockey, reading a book, or cooking up a storm.
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