One of the most interesting neighbour we have here at Centro Motel is located just up the road on the way out of town. Canada Olympic Park is always up to something interesting. Whether flinging Municipal Government officials down the fastest zipline on the continent, letting your average Joe and Joette rocket down an icy tube at highway speeds, or just teaching people how to ski, you can always count on something interesting going on up there. Speaking of which, coming up at the end of this month, there's an event you should definitely take notice of.
Something you may have realized if you were paying attention during the last Olympics is that women tend to be vastly underrepresented in sports. In every sport from Hockey to Judo, the women's teams are smaller, have less funding, and are generally regarded as the “B” team when compared to the Men's divisons.
This segregation isn't caused or effected by any one thing, You can argue that Society is to blame, constantly programming young girls to shy away from physicality in favour of femininity, what with Cosmopolitan Magazine and so on. But, a big part of what keeps women's divisions small is the lack of support, and role models, for young girls in sports. If you ask any given Canadian-born professional Hockey player why they wanted to get into the game, and why they stuck with it, it's almost always the same two-part answer; “I wanted to be Wayne Gretzky”, and “the community, the friends I made”. Quick! Who's considered the female equivalent of Wayne Gretzky? Hint: If you don't know the answer, neither do any young girls.
Hoping to provide a solution to the two-part problem of involvement is an organization called Fast and Female. With their events, programs, promotions, and key note speakers, they are looking to build a female-centric community of support and celebration for young female athletes. Coming up on the weekend of the 29th is their 3rd Annual Sports Day in Canada.
“Fast and Female - a non profit organization dedicated to inspiring and motivating girls to stick to sports - is inviting ladies ages 8 to 99 years old for a morning of fitness and inspiration at Canada Olympic Park. Held in conjunction with the CBC Sports Day in Canada, the women-only Fast and Female event will feature sporting activities for ladies of all skill and abilities.”
All proceeds from the event will support Fast and Female's programs for 2013.
As the flyer would suggest, you don't necessarily have to be already involved in any sports to get something out of the day. Also, any sport will do. From Yoga, to fencing, to Ice Hockey and Boxing, come on down and meet some of your contemporaries!
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