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About Us

Our Story: What is Fast and Female?

By age 14, girls drop out of sport at twice the rate of boys the same age (Women’s Sport Foundation, 2008).  Fast and Female exists to change this statistic.  The villain in this story is the restricted potential of girls. The heroes are the girls themselves as they learn from role models about the power of sport participation to make them more resilient and confident women.

Fast and Female’s mission is to keep girls healthy and active in sports because it sets them up to succeed and lead in life beyond sports.  We are driven to fulfill our mission because aside from the obvious benefits of physical health and wellness, we know that sports help young women develop the confidence, leadership and teamwork skills that are essential for success in later life.

Founded in 2005, Fast and Female is a registered charity led by two friends, athletic rivals, and moms who happen to be Olympic gold medalists in cross-country skiing: Canadian Chandra Crawford and American Kikkan Randall.

41% of girls age 3 to 16 don’t participate in any sport.
CAAWS, 2016

Our Mission

Keep girls healthy and active in sports.

Our Values

Listen and learn. Be as welcoming, kind and accepting as possible. Caring is cool.

There is a unique and much-needed leader in each and every one of us.

Teamwork makes the dream work. Enjoy the journey and celebrate successes along the way.

Social Change
We are part of a bigger picture. Let’s work together to make the change happen.

Be You. Be Real.
Vulnerability is strength. Do your best. You are enough.


The top three actions Fast and Female believes must be undertaken to ensure girls don’t quit sports and miss out on the benefits they provide include:

Create Social Belonging

The first and most fundamental reason girls participate in sports is for a sense of belonging. Each of us can make a difference in creating a positive and inclusive team culture – girls need social acceptance to stay engaged in sports.

Prioritize Health

Keep our girls healthy – mind, body and spirit – by educating girls, coaches, teams and parents about injury prevention and recovery.

Promote Female Role Models

You can’t be what you can’t see! Identify, elevate, and celebrate female athlete role models and their stories.


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