On Saturday, March 27, 2021, the Western Mustangs are hosting a free one-day conference aimed at promoting the continued involvement of women in sport beyond graduation – “Stay in the Game: Pathways for Women in Sport”. Registration is required
We hope to include many female athletes, coaches and allies of women in sport from across the country on this day of learning and discussion. We would appreciate it if you could distribute this information to your women’s teams, and any women student athletes who you think have an interest in continuing in sport after graduation.
This conference will feature role models for women in all areas of sport, who are excited to share the successes and challenges of their experience. There are breakout sessions with speakers and panelists, with special Keynote Speaker Jayna Hefford, a multi-time women’s hockey medalist at the Winter Olympics and IIHF World Women’s Championships and current Operations Consultant for the Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association (PWHPA). The diverse selection of coaches, board members, journalists, administrators, and officials was intentional and aims to represent the variety and abundance of opportunities for women in sport.
Stay in the Game originated with an idea from our Western Mustangs Men’s & Women’s Head Track and Field Coach – Vickie Croley, after realizing that there was an opportunity to show the abundance of value that sports bring to our Mustangs student athletes once they graduate from university sport but also to other young women both locally, provincially and nationally.
The Stay in the Game conference covers many different questions and concerns that women who wish to stay in sport often ask themselves. The breakout sessions will be a chance for those interested to engage in topics such as: athletic identity, sport activism, sport leadership, work-life balance, women in sport entrepreneurship, dealing with conflict in sport setting, mental health and self-care in sport, and using your sport experience when building your Resume/CV.