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Our Story: What is Fast and Female?

Fast and Female is a Canadian charity on a mission to keep self-identified girls aged 8-14 healthy and active in sports. Founded in 2005 by Olympic gold medalist Chandra Crawford, Fast and Female believes in the power of positive sport experiences and role models to give girls leadership, teamwork and resiliency skills. 

Why Do We Exist?

For the girls! 

In comparison to boys, girls are less likely to get involved and stay involved in sports. By age sixteen 1 out of 3 girls who played sports drop out, versus 1 out of 10 boys the same age (Canadian Women and Sport Rally Report, 2020). The top 3 ways to reverse these trends are: 

  1. engaging with the girls to identify how to create a sense of social belonging, 
  2. prioritizing their mental and physical health, 
  3. and providing relatable role models from within their own communities.

With these calls to action, Fast and Female strives to provide a safe space to explore new sports and physical activities.

How Do We Do Strive to Accomplish This?

In our endeavour to foster lasting involvement in sports, we host national and local events and programs in collaboration with community partners and like-minded individuals. Fast and Female provides opportunities for powerful connection with REAL (Relatable, Empowered, Active Leaders) Role Models from within the girls’ communities. 

Check out our 2019 Annual Report by clicking here!

41% of girls age 3 to 16 don’t participate in any sport.
CAAWS, 2016

Our Mission

Keep self-identified girls healthy and active in sports.

Our Vision

Harnessing the power of sports and role models to forge a new generation of women leaders.

Our Values

Inclusion

Empowerment

Fun

Social Change

Be You. Be Real.

CALLS TO ACTION

The top three actions Fast and Female believes must be undertaken to ensure girls don’t quit sports and miss out on the benefits they provide include:

Create Social Belonging

The first and most fundamental reason girls participate in sports is for a sense of belonging. Each of us can make a difference in creating a positive and inclusive team culture – girls need social acceptance to stay engaged in sports.

Prioritize Health

Keep our girls healthy – mind, body and spirit – by educating girls, coaches, teams and parents about injury prevention and recovery.

Promote Female Role Models

You can’t be what you can’t see! Identify, elevate, and celebrate female athlete role models and their stories.

HOW CAN YOU
GET INVOLVED?

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DONATE via our website…

APPLY to host a Fast and Female event…

LEARN everything you can…

about the barriers facing women and girls in sports.

WATCH women’s sporting events…

and stream them online.

FOLLOW Fast and Female…

Fast and Female Team

Chandra Crawford, MBA (she/her)

Founder & CEO

Gabriela (Gaby) Estrada (she/her)

Program Director

Tracy Grierson (she/her)

Financial Leader
Dominique-Bouchard-Fast-And-Female

Dominique Bouchard (she/her)

Communications Manager

Emily Jago (she/her)

Program Coordinator
Micaela-Widmer-Fast-and-Female

Micaela Widmer (she/her)

Program Coordinator

Chloe Vance (she/her)

Inventory Coordinator

Meg Ohsada

Inventory Coordinator

Jesse Wirachowsky

Bookkeeping