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Ontario University Athletics is determined to help spearhead a change in the culture of sport. Our conference hopes to help spark continued female participation and retention in athletics at the university level; empower future female leaders in the industry; and celebrate those who have already made their mark as influencers and champions.



Across the conference and our 20 members, we aspire to provide paths, resources, and development for women to access at every turn.



As a collective, we not only want to take part in the conversation, but help it move forward in a positive and meaningful way.



We want to make a difference to ensure athletics at the university level is inclusive and equitable on the field and behind the scenes.

Female Student-Athletes
Female Coaches
Female Athletic Staff
Female Athletic Directors

Being a varsity athlete is a dream come true. Representing my school as well as my team is something special and I will cherish it forever. It has also allowed me to expand and meet other female athletes that are truly inspiring. Being a female athlete is empowering.

Rachel Chantler
Windsor Lancers, Hockey

Being a female varsity athlete means everything to me. The reason I chose to participate in varsity sport, is that it’s a place where women can come compete at a high level and show their strength and determination. I admire all the women who are pursuing their goals in a varsity sport. They may not realize it at the time, but they are inspiring other women around them to stay active and persevere through any challenge life throws at them. My hope as a varsity athlete is that we actively engage women and young girls to stay passionate and determined as leaders in sport and in life. As a varsity athlete at Trent University, who is striving to become a teacher, it is important to me to promote and mentor women in sport and have a lot more females represented, so that young girls know that anything is possible.

Donna Ward
Trent Excalibur, Lacrosse

I'm grateful for this experience, it changed my life in so many ways. Being a varsity athlete is a privilege in itself. It gives me the opportunity to play the sport that I love, get a great education, be inspired by other athletes, and inspire future athletes. Especially being a woman, there can be so much bias, but I just think it is so uplifting to see so many amazing female players motivate one another, it really does break down barriers.

Arianne Soriano
McMaster Marauders, Basketball

As a varsity athlete, we have the ability to inspire young girls in the crowd to be their best self through hard work, determination, and perseverance. Every time I step on the field I play for my teammates and for the little girl in the stands who is aspiring to be a varsity athlete just like me.

Alicia Levy
Queen’s Gaels, Soccer

Being a varsity athlete allows me to be a role model for all the young girls that attend our games. We are able to show them that it doesn’t matter your gender or background, but with dedication and a hard work ethic, you can be successful in sport.

Lexi Contratto
Windsor Lancers, Hockey

Being a student-athlete means that I get to put the black and gold on my back and represent my school while doing what I love. Many people look up to student athletes and it feels good to be respected in that way. We have the power to influence the people around us and that’s what motivates me to keep playing the sport I love.

Danielle Erb
Waterloo Warriors, Soccer

I believe that being a varsity athlete has given me the opportunity to grow in every aspect of my life and provided me with the motivation to continue with sports even after graduating. I also have the opportunity to inspire and be a voice for younger female athletes.

Juliana Hifawi
McMaster Marauders, Soccer

Engaging in a sport like soccer gives me an undeniable identity with something greater than myself. I started out as a very timid player who was set on picking every dandelion on the field rather than kicking a ball into a net. That all changed when my older male cousin tried to insinuate that I was doing that because the sport wasn't 'made' for me. I was determined to prove him wrong and after scoring my first goal, I found myself hooked. Hooked to this belief in myself. Hooked to pushing boundaries. Hooked to being a woman in sport. Soccer has consistently been my outward expression of the statement 'Anything you can do, I can do better'. I have been lucky enough to have an incredibly strong and talented woman dedicate considerable time into developing every part of my physical abilities. That, in and of itself, is the entire essence of women supporting each other that keeps me playing.

Teni Odetoyinbo
York Lions, Soccer

Being a varsity athlete has given me opportunity to excel in what I love to do. It has provided me with a pathway to achieve dreams and goals not only in my sport, but in my everyday life. It has taught me things sitting in classes never could and showed me just how tough I really am. Being a varsity athlete has been the most enjoyable aspect of my undergraduate years.

Megan Pakulis
York Lions, Rugby

Being a varsity athlete has allowed me to proudly represent my school. Varsity athletics has been a channel to develop strong relationships and lasting friendships. My participation on the Laurier lacrosse team has been a tool in providing indispensable life skills.

Haley Montague
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, Lacrosse