Kathy Newman is dedicated to improving the lives of countless individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to participation in sport from the grassroots to the international level. She was integral in the creation of the Bridging the Gap Program and is one of CAAWS 2006 Women of Influence alumni.
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Allison McNeill has been the head coach of the Canadian National Women’s Basketball Team and led them to the World Championships in 2006, 2009 and 2010. She is an accomplished keynote speaker and provides female basketball coaches with many mentorship opprtuities.
Diane Clement became the first New Brunswick male or female athlete to compete in the Summer or Winter Olympics, running in the 100 and 220 yard dash, and 440 yard relay. Diane is the first woman to coach the University of British Columbia’s women’s track team and is the co-founder of the Vancouver Sun Run,… Read more »
Gail Wilson had a remarkable career at the University of Toronto as a star on the ice hockey, swim and field hockey teams. She coached one of the best UBC Women’s Field Hockey Teams and used statistical analysis to enhance her role as Assistant Coach, National Women’s Field Hockey Team. In 1995 was the first… Read more »
Misty Thomas had an outstanding career in stand up and Wheelchair Basketball and was the first Canadian to be a member of both an Olympic and Paralympic Team. Misty coached UBC Women’s Basketball and Team Canada. She is a founder for Night Hoops and the Athlete in Residence Program.
Kristine Chambers, a successful triathlete, coach and teacher on the world stage, also founded Exceleration: Triathlon and Multi-sport Club with the goal of creating a positive sporting environment for lower-income children and youth.
Sarah Blyth is a well-respected woman in the male dominated sport of skateboarding. As founder and head of Vancouver Skateboard Coalition she spurred the creation of six new skateparks and helped make Vancouver a world-leader in this sport.
Sarah Burke (d.2012) single-handedly changed the face of Freestyle Skiing. This multi-award winning woman is the reason females can now compete in Slopestyle Skiing and her hard fought campaign resulted in Ski Pipe becoming a 2014 Winter Olympics event. She was a 2012 Inductee to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.