Book Recommendations

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

“The ultimate parenting book. The ultimate book on connection. The ultimate case for vulnerability and self-compassion. A great book. The title expresses encouragement for anyone you gift it to, which I love. I gave it to my mom, who really inspires me with her pursuit of becoming a Pilates instructor at the age of 61.” –  Chandra Crawford


The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine M.D.

“This explained so much to me that I reference it in every presentation. Learn some useful tips for understanding every female in your life and, as was my experience, yourself.”   – Chandra Crawford


Mindset by Carol Dweck

“This book is so good. I’ve read it three times (it’s also nice and short) and always come away ready to grow, embrace challenge, and improve my ability to succeed with a simple update to my mindset.”   – Chandra Crawford


Play it Forward: 50 Years of Women and Sport in Canada by Guylaine Demers, Lorraine Greaves, Marion Lay, and Sandra Kirby

“It is hard to put into context how much the world of sport has changed. This book helps us remember the distance we have come and the enormous debt we owe to women who fought for inclusion and equal support.”  – Silken Laumann, Canadian Olympian


Pursuit of Excellence by Terry Orlick

“I love the athlete stories interwoven with proven methods for attaining better performance with a positive approach. In this third edition, Orlick explains how to focus one’s commitment, overcome obstacles to excellence, and achieve greater personal and professional satisfaction.”    – Chandra Crawford


Redefining Girly by Melissa Atkins Wardy

“This book raises some serious issues that we work hard to counter at Fast and Female. Important for any parent who’s sick of the gender differentiation between the toy stores “pink aisle,” and the “cool toys aisle,” and is looking to balance their kid out a bit.”  – Chandra Crawford

Reaching for the Ring by Kim Brassor

“In 2012 our Canadian Women’s National Soccer team brought home the Olympic Bronze medal-Canada’s first Summer Games medal in a traditional team sport since the 1936 Berlin games!Canada’s soccer bronze ignited a golden age for soccer in this country that can only be compared to the thrill Canadian hockey fans have felt for decades.   The 350,000 girls and women who play soccer in Canada finally have their own role models to look up to and they want to read about them! It’s not an easy task for our young and motivated female soccer players to find out more about their very own soccer ‘SHE-ROE’- the one they look up to and practice to be like whenever they step out onto the field.Now they can. This book gives them the opportunity to get to know their role models, get inspired to improve their own soccer game and design their very own plan to Reach for the Rings!”