Inaugural event November 1st, 2014 at WinSport in Calgary

Yes! In the summer let’s ride with our friends! Bellas, bikes and BBQ is an event we have in Canmore.Jessie Diggins (left) is like the living, breathing spirit of Fast and Female. So fun, so caring, so incredible fast! World Champion Jessie gives a TON of her time to inspiring girls.The Park City event is the crown jewel of Fast and Female’s goal of making all Champ Camp’s into annual events. This event started with just a couple dozen girls and in three years grew to 135 participants. Way to go!



September 22, 2014 (Canmore, Alberta) – Fast and Female is entering its tenth year of existence with a bang by launching a new Fast and Female Summit event series. The inaugural event will be held November 1 at WinSport in Calgary, AB.


Since its inception in 2005, Fast and Female has hosted more than 80, half-day, sport-specific Champ Chat events, reaching over 8,000 female youth in sports.


The new Summit events intends to build on the continuing Champ Chat series by offering full day, multi-sport, dryland, inspirational, educational and leadership building programming for athletic girls ages 9-19, their parents and coaches.


As part of the Summit, girls will be segmented by smaller age categories that are aligned with the Canadian Sport for Life Long Term Athlete Development model (9 to 11 years old for the “learn to train”, 12 to 14 years old for the “train to train” and “15 to 19 years old for the “train to compete” stages). Older event participants will also be dubbed “Junior Ambassadors” and get to expand their leadership skills.


“We’re taking action on the feedback we’ve received from our community are through the Summit, we’re increasing the number of Fast and Female events we offer and are creating activities that deliver more value to each age group,” explains Chandra Crawford, Founder of Fast and Female. Crawford is a three-time Olympian and 2006 Olympic champion in Cross Country Skiing with tremendous passion for the empowerment of females in sport and life.


chandra_summitWatch the video where Chandra explains what the Fast and Female Summit events are all about.


“Our vision is to continue our popular half-day events (Champ Chat) and club events (Power Hour) and add the Summit to bring together multi-sport communities annually in all major Canadian cities.”


The inaugural Summit in Calgary will feature an impressive roster of female athletes including:

  • Jessica Gregg, 2010 Olympic silver medalist, Short track speed skating
  • Jessica Groeneveld, 2013 Pan Am champion, Whitewater kayaking
  • Alex Gough, 3x Olympian and 2x Bronze world championship medalist, Luge
  • Allison Long, Canadian National Team member, Swimming
  • Maria Samson, 2014 World Cup Final competitor, Rugby
  • Erica Wiebe, 2014 gold at the Commonwealth Games, Wrestling
  • Heidi Widmer, 2014 Olympian, XC skiing


Parents and coaches are also invited to attend the Calgary Summits to expand their network and knowledge at presentations by:

  • Shawnee Harle, Assistant coach to the Women’s National Basketball Team
  • Clare Fewster, Sport performance consultant
  • Pam Ruhland, Nutritionist
  • Steve Norris, Vice-President of Sport at WinSport


“We are working with the sport system to keep evolving our programming,” adds Crawford, who recently retired to work towards her MBA at the University of Calgary.


“We want everyone everywhere saying: ‘what are we doing to keep girls healthy, happy and confident?’ Fast and Female’s vision of positive empowering sport environment is the answer,” she concludes.


Toronto will host the next Fast and Female Summit in November 2014 and Richmond, BC will be the stage of another event in March 2015.


The Fast and Female Summit event series are presented by Precision Nutrition. Summit series gold sponsors include Buff Canada, CLARINS, BP, and Cross Country Canada. WinSport Canada is also a gold sponsor for the Calgary event.


Participants can register online for the Calgary Summit at:


For more information about Fast and Female and its programs, visit:


Marie-Hélène Thibeault
Executive Director
Fast and Female
Phone: (403) 678-4806