Canada’s dairy farmers are empowering female athletes with their national initiative – Fuelling Women Champions (FWC), dedicated to the advancement of women in sport. For the second year, Canada’s dairy farmers launched the Champions Fund, a national $150,000 grant program designed to encourage and support the next generation of girls and women in their pursuit of achieving sports excellence and a healthy lifestyle. The Champions Fund culminated this year on October 24 with the announcement of 30 recipients, each with their own unique stories, needs and goals.
Among the applications are tales of athletes, sports teams, and athletic organisations struggling to reach the bare minimum needed to pursue their love of sport. For the 30 chosen recipients, the Champions Fund grant will help them get basic equipment, help cover tournament fees, and generally help all recipients jump some of the hurdles in their way to allow them to focus on staying in the game.
The list of 30 recipients includes athletes from coast to coast, and across a range of sports chosen from the thousands of applications by the selection committee. You can meet the 30 inspiring female athletes, teams, and organizations who are changing the Canadian sports landscape, and have been awarded a $5,000 grant on the Fuelling Women Champions website.
Among their stories:
- Wheelchair Basketball player Bethany Johnson who plans to use her grant to buy a wheelchair for herself, freeing up a wheelchair for another athlete in her club to use. The grant means she will be able to pursue her dream of inspiring other women and girls to play wheelchair sports.
- The Kugluktuk Grizzlies are a Soccer Team located in Nunavut in an area so remote that it costs an average of $1500 per athlete to attend a single tournament. These athletes live below the poverty line and the grant will make a huge impact on their ability to participate.
- Rower Lucy Black placed 2nd this summer while competing in an older boat designed for a 110kg man, where a newer women’s boat could have meant gold. The grant will allow her to purchase a women’s boat for the club, allowing her to compete at her full potential.
The goal of the Champions Fund, and the overarching initiative, Fuelling Women Champions, is to inspire girls and women, regardless of age or ability, to discover the benefits of sport in their lives. As a mother of two girls, that is definitely something I can get behind, and something I hope you will support as well. The need for this type of initiative and grant program is crucial.
Canada’s dairy farmers have proven themselves to be champions of healthy living by providing nutrition and also by playing such an active role in our communities. Their mission with FWC is to help remove the hurdles that exist and to support women’s sports so they will become more watched, more appreciated and more financially stable, from the grassroots level to the elite level.
For more information and to see the recipients, visit womenchampions.ca. Follow and join the movement online by using the hashtag #ChampionHer
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own..