Seven B.C. women recognized as influential sport leaders in Canada

Jan 13, 2014

January 13, 2014

Seven B.C. women recognized as influential sport leaders in Canada  
CAAWS releases list of  influential women in sport and physical activity for 2013
Vancouver, BC – viaSport British Columbia is thrilled to congratulate seven B.C. women named to the Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity List, presented annually by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS).

The following B.C. women have been recognized for their incredible leadership and influence in sport in British Columbia, in Canada and on the international playing field in 2013:

  •          Beverly Boys – Official; “A Level” International judge; coach from (Surrey, BC)
  •          Carol Huynh – FILA Panelist to IOC to Save Olympic Wrestling (Hazelton, BC)
  •          Dr. Jane Moran – Chair ISU Medical Commission; IOC Medical Commission (Victoria, BC)
  •          Christine Sinclair – Captain, Canadian Women’s Soccer Team (Burnaby, BC)
  •          Tricia Smith – VP, International Rowing Federation (Vancouver, BC)
  •          Michelle Stilwell – Paralympian; MLA; Advocate (Parksville, BC)
  •          Dr. Joan Wharf Higgins – Professor and Research Chair; Volunteer (Victoria, BC)

“We are very proud of the women recognized by CAAWS this year and support their efforts to increase participation and equality for girls and women in sport,” says Cathy Priestner Allinger, viaSport CEO. “In particular, we’re thrilled to have Dr. Joan Wharf Higgins and Carol Huynh sit on two of viaSport’s leadership groups; the Girls & Women Advisory Group and Sport Leadership Committee, respectively. I can personally understand the many challenges faced by female athletes, both on and off the field of play. It’s the talent and expertise of women like these that will help us overcome gender barriers, making opportunities more abundant for women to participate and be more active everyday.”

To read the full list and profiles of the Influential Women named to the 2013 list, visit the CAAWS website:

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About viaSport British Columbia:

viaSport British Columbia is a not-for-profit organization established in 2011, responsible for providing strategic leadership to sport in BC in order to increase levels of physical activity at every stage of life, in every community. Formed in partnership with the provincial sport sector and the Province of BC, viaSport is shaping a new, more effective model for sport delivery and funding allocation which drives increased participation, powers sport excellence and unifies all sport-related activity throughout the province.

For more information please contact:
Amanda Brkich, Manager, Communications
T: 778 331 8657