On March 8, 2016 for International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating all women – especially our women in sport! The number of women and girls participating in physical activity, recreational sports and elite competitions has increased rapidly over the last few decades. Considering there were no women who participated in the first Olympic Games in 1896 – women have come a long way! Following the Year of Sport in Canada in 2015, we can recognize the achievements of women who dominated as athletes, coaches, and sport leaders.
The CAAWS Most Influential Women List recipients demonstrate their influence from across the country and from provincial to international levels in all roles in sport and physical activity. Sue Hylland, President and CEO of the Canada Games and alumni Chandra Crawford and Hailey Wickenheiser are on this year’s list. Our new Minister of Sport, Carla Qualtrough was inducted to CAAWS’ Wall of Influence as she has been on the Most Influential Women List 5 times and continues to be a leader in sport in Canada. There are a number of ways to participate in International Women’s Day. Start by supporting the women in your community:
• Status of Women in Canada is celebrating International Women’s Day with the hashtag #YouAreEmpowerment
• International Women’s Day official hashtag: #IWD2016
• Check out this video the International Olympic Committee put together to look at the progression of female athletes at the Olympics
The 2017 Canada Games Host Society is proud to encourage women and girls to be active at all stages of participation and competition, as athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, leaders, and in all roles in sport.