By age 14, girls drop out of sport at twice the rate of boys the same age
– Women’s Sport Foundation.
This is where Fast and Female comes in. Fast and Female is a nonprofit created by Canmore Olympian Chandra Crawford. She wanted to change the culture around girls in sport by inspiring kids with real-life sports heroes. Fast and Female makes it possible not just for girls to meet Olympians, but to workout with them!
Why is this important? There are many benefits to being active, aside from the obvious health benefits, sports can help develop leadership skills, confidence and team-building skills.
Did you know that 41% of girls age 3 to 16 don’t participate in any sport?
We’ve written about Fast and Female before because we think it’s such a fantastic opportunity for girls to meet a different kind of hero and an opportunity to be inspired.
On November 3rd, Fast and Female is having their biggest event of the year in Calgary; the 6th annual Fast and Female summit. This year’s theme is BE. YOU. BE REAL. This will be an opportunity for the girls to not only meet Canadian Olympians and train with them but to participate in activities for the “mind, body and heart.”
Details of the 2019 BE YOU. BE REAL. Summit.
Who: Girls ages 8-18, their parents, coaches
When: November 3, 2019, 10am – 4pm
Where: Winsport in Calgary
What: Full-day conference for girls. As part of the Summit, participants meet many inspirational female athletes and sports experts (Fast and Female Ambassadors) and take part in empowering activities for the mind, body, and heart.
Your day includes:
- Inspirational Chat with Paralympic, Olympic and elite athlete ambassadors
- Circuit of exercises to develop physical literacy (suitable for all backgrounds)
- Leadership and team-building activities
- Sports psychology and Nutrition presentations
- Fun and social activity (dance/boxing/sport – depending on age group)
- Autograph signing
Canadian Paralympic Medallist, Alana Ramsay (Para Alpine Skiing), Canadian Olympic Medallist Steph Labbé (Soccer), and Parapan Am Medallist and Rio Paralympian Tammy Cunnington (Para-Swimming) will be at the summit for a lunchtime discussion panel, (more Ambassadors to be announced)!
Girls are placed in age appropriate groups with an Ambassador to enjoy high-quality face-to-face time with their female role model (approximately 1 ambassador for every 8 girls).
As part of the Summit, each participant receives a Fast and Female technical t-shirt, lunch, snacks, and an autographed poster to take home.
A Parent & Coach Seminar will be taking place on November 3 as well, with inspiring workshops from leading parenting and sports experts.
Not able to make the Calgary Summit? Not to worry, Fast and Female has events happening around the province, and around Canada on a regular basis. Check their website for more information and event locations and times.
*this was not sponsored by Fast and Female. We just love them*