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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 means having the responsibility to promote the female game and inspire the generations to follow. Too often you hear of young girls quitting sports due to societal pressures, so it's important for us athletes to be role models and make sports something that anyone can pursue, no matter your gender.

Stephanie Roberts
McMaster Marauders, 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

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 means that I can inspire other girls and help show them that there is opportunity for them to compete at a higher level in basketball.

Eve Uwayesu
Windsor Lancers, Basketball

To me, being a varsity athlete means so much more than just competing in your sport. It forces you to grow as person, create and develop long-lasting relationships with teammates, coaches, and the varsity community as a whole. It means being 100% dedicated to your sport, striving to be your best every day, and having a competitive mindset. Not only does it shape you as a person but it connects you to like-minded people and makes you feel part of a community, all experiencing the same challenges that you are.

Kate Ferguson
Western Mustangs, Volleyball

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

Being a varsity athlete means something different for each athlete. For me, its being a part of a group of strong women working towards similar goals and helping each other reach our full potential. It means being inspired and motivated by others but also knowing you’re someone else’s inspiration. It is the fulfillment of a dream and goal that most young female athletes set for themselves at a young age.

Nicole Gilmore
Carleton Ravens, Basketball

Being a varsity athlete to me means that I am pushing my physical and mental limits for something bigger than myself. I train and compete to achieve my personal goals, and in doing so, I am also helping my teammates reach theirs. I also hope that my role as a varsity athlete inspires future generations of girls to pursue sport through and beyond the university level.

Robyn Jeffries
Western Mustangs, Rugby

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 woman in sport and supporting women in sport is imperative in upholding this mindset to push other women to be their best. The hope is, that when others see you being the best athlete and student you can be, it pushes others to be the best versions of themselves. Women in sport are so important. Our society in general is healthier and happier when each sex is supported equally and is given the same opportunity. The more female competition that can be driven from female support and promotion, the better.

Jennifer Mead
Waterloo Warriors, Field Hockey