Females in Sport

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The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) provides leadership and education, and builds capacity to foster equitable support, diverse opportunities and positive experiences for girls and women in sport and physical activity.





PhiWomen is an interdisciplinary research team funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The Team is working to reduce gender and health inequities by advancing effective health promotion for women, through the development of a conceptual framework to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based health promotion to improve women’s health.






The Becoming an Outdoors Woman® (BOW) program is a workshop primarily aimed at women but is an opportunity for anyone 18 years or older to learn outdoor skills – skills usually associated with hunting and fishing, but useful for many outdoor pursuits.


CBC Archives Fair Game: Pioneering Canadian Women in Sports.  Throughout history, “ladies” were discouraged from participating in team sports because it was thought competition would lead to “manly” behaviors. But thanks to pioneering athletes such as Bobbie Rosenfeld, Nancy Greene and Hayley Wickenheiser, young women now have the freedom to participate and excel in any sport — be it track, skiing or hockey. These women not only excelled in their chosen fields but were instrumental in shattering stereotypes of the female athlete.



Canadian Heritage is committed to a sport system that provides quality sport experiences, where women and girls are actively engaged and equitably supported in a full range of roles. In doing so, women and girls should have meaningful opportunities to become involved in and develop in sport according to their interests, abilities, talents and choices, throughout a lifetime’s involvement.




InMotion Network is working towards gender equity in sport and physical activity. This means that girls and women should have access to the same range of physical activities as boys and men, without having to share them. Girls and women are often more willing to participate in physical activity in their own way, without the concerns of extra competition, the fear of injury, the increased self-consciousness, and the frustration of being excluded that are common in co-ed activities. InMotion Network envisions a future where girls and women have access to a full range of sport and leadership opportunities.


The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching provides timely, accurate, targeted information to aid in creating a healthier and more positive environment for women coaches – in Canada and around the world.  As well as tackling pertinent issues, the Journal goes one step further by providing practical, hands-on, and proactive suggestions and solutions that inform coaches, their employers, the parents of their athletes, and their clubs and associations. Above all, the Journal is designed to make sure that readers will develop an understanding of the unique challenges women coaches face.



In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) announces the publication of Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors, a new resource designed to increase opportunities for women and girls as both participants and leaders in the Canadian sport and physical activity system. The publication is a supplement to the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) foundation document, and complements other Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) resources.





The Mothers in Motion website was originally created to support Canadian women and their families in their pursuit of healthy, active lifestyles. Web-based tools and resources encourage active living, physical activity and sport as well as healthy eating habits for both mothers and their children, from infancy to adolescence.





The British Columbia Center for Excellence in Women’s Health promotes a women-centred approach to the health of girls and women. We partner with local community agencies, provincial initiatives, national organizations, and international agencies to conduct research and/or to exchange knowledge among community members, academic researchers, policy makers, and health care professionals.

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