TEAM – FAST AND FEMALE CANADA

Fast and Female Team - Chandra Crawford

Chandra Crawford
President and Founder

Chandra Crawford is a music-loving mountain girl born and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Canmore, Alberta. In 2005 she started Fast and Female. Four months later, at the age of 22, Chandra won the Olympic Gold medal in cross-country skiing and captured many hearts when she belted out the national anthem from the top step of the podium. On the start line of the 1.1 km sprint race final, the announcer on CBC pointed out her big smile, saying “this young lady is having a blast and showing it.” In 2008 Chandra’s great friend and competitor Kikkan Randall (5x Olympian, Olympic and World Champion) from Anchorage, Alaska joined forces with Chandra and today she leads the expansion of the program in the US. In March 2014 she retired from ski racing after three Olympics and 13 years of international ski racing with the Canadian National Team and completed a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Calgary. She is currently working full time for Fast and Female as well as sharing her performance mindset skills in corporate motivational presentations. Chandra currently lives in Calgary and spends her weekend doing mini-adventures in the mountains with her husband Jared, toddler Kyla, baby Bruce and their dog, Stella. In the fall of 2018, Chandra received International Olympic Committee Women & Sports Trophy for the Americas, Chandra won the Bruce Kidd Leadership Award and was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. She credits this recognition to the tireless work of the Fast and Female team and our network of volunteers, ambassadors and contractors all over North America.

Una Lounder
Program Director

Una Lounder is from Dartmouth, NS, and has been a Fast and Female Ambassador for over five years. She is thrilled to have joined the team as the Event Coordinator for Atlantic Canada and believes in the positive impact of sport and the important role it can play in a young girls’ life. Una raced for Team Canada in the sport of sprint kayak for over 10 years, attending 5 Senior World Championships, numerous World Cups and the Pan American Games. She thinks that active and healthy lifestyles come in all shapes and sizes, and in her spare time she loves to do yoga, garden, and walk around Lake Banook with her giant dog!

Gabriela (Gaby) Estrada
Events and Research Manager

Gaby is a Toronto-born native, having grown up in Scarborough, ON. Her family is from Guatemala with Gaby being the first of three siblings born in Canada. Gaby has been a part of Fast and Female since 2017, first as an ambassador, then as an Event Coordinator, and now as the team’s Events and Research Manager. Beyond her involvement with Fast and Female, Gaby is very passionate about getting girls and women involved in sport, recreation and physical activity. She has worked in the sport and physical activity sector for over 10 years and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Exercise Science at the University of Toronto, with her research focused on racialized and marginalized female youth and the barriers that they face in accessing and participating in physical activity. Gaby is also a soccer coach, a sport facilitator and loves to stay active by playing soccer, ultimate frisbee, running, going to the gym and participating in mud runs. Gaby looks to work towards creating an inclusive, accessible, diverse and welcoming sport and physical activity environments for girls of all ages, ability and fitness levels.

Krista Temple
Event Support Coordinator

Krista is a world-class athlete who achieved the pinnacle of athletic achievement by winning a silver medal in women’s rowing at the 2012 Olympics. Her rowing career began as a student in 2001 when she joined a learn-to-row program at Simon Fraser University. After graduating from SFU, she moved to Ontario to train with the National Team and competed in her first Olympics in 2008. Her resilience and commitment paid off in August 2012, when she and her teammates competed in the women’s eight and won a silver medal for Canada. Krista stands out as a role model for young athletes and has volunteered countless hours to educate, coach, and mentor young athletes. She contributes her time to numerous community events and charitable causes, including Fast and Female, 60 Minute Kids Club, Game Ready, Via Sport, and KidSport. Her achievements in rowing at the national level, World Cup Regattas, World Championships and the Olympic Games rank Krista among the top female rowers in the history of Canadian rowing. After the London Olympics, Krista settled back at her home in Vancouver. Through writing about her transition from high-level athlete to the next chapter, she hopes to help others prepare and manage the transition from sport successfully. Since her time in sport, she has taken a one-year fashion merchandising program at Blanche Macdonald, worked at Lululemon in store and on the website. She now coaches youth, leads indoor cycling classes, and is passionate about helping people feel empowered, confident, motivated, and worthy. She is passionate about her growing family!

Maddy Schmidt
Communications and Marketing Team

I am from Ottawa ON, but I currently live in Halifax NS as an athlete training in her sprint kayak. I won a bronze medal at Junior Worlds in 2013, I have raced at U23 Worlds, Senior Worlds, and competed at many World Cups as well over the last 6 years. I train full time as a high performance paddler, but nothing makes me happier than spending my time outside playing: running, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, surfing, SUPing, and all of the activities outside! I am hardly ever caught sitting still, unless it's with a coffee. Movement and living a healthy life style run deep in my core and I want to share my passion for it, especially with girls, to show how enjoyable, empowering, and freeing it can be!

Alyson Suzanne Coleman
Program Director

Alyson is a Midwest girl, born and raise in the state of Minnesota. Upon moving to Canmore, AB in 2014 she joined the Fast and Female team as Program Director. She has a passion for the athletics, the outdoors, empowering girls, events and program management… so naturally the Fast and Female organization was a perfect fit! Alyson completed her Bachelor degree in Marketing and Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Since then, she has had the privilege of working with companies such as Goodwill Easter Seals, Event Lab, BI Worldwide, and Semester at Sea. She’s dedicated and driven to spread the word of Fast and Female with the dream of hosting F&F events around the world!

TEAM - FAST AND FEMALE USA

Fast and Female Team - Kikkan Randall

Kikkan Randall
President

Olympic Champion in Cross-Country Skiing and Active Mom. Born in Salt Lake City, UT on New Years Eve in 1982, and then raised in Alaska since age three, Kikkan has always been an athlete at heart, aspiring to the Olympics and beyond. Kikkan has raced in five Olympic Games; was the first US woman to win a World Cup and a World Championship medal in cross-country skiing; and is a 3-time Overall World Cup Sprint Champion. In addition to her athletic and academic pursuits, Kikkan is a passionate “Get-Active”ist promoting healthy lifestyles. She leads our USA division of Fast and Female as the President.

Sara Salo
Executive Director

Sara brings experience in program management and a passion to promote healthy lifestyles to Fast and Female USA. She is thrilled to become part of the Fast and Female team, particularly due to her experience as a junior Nordic race coach, which taught Sara to the impact that positive role models can have on young athletes. Sara recently created and managed The School Food Tour, a nationwide initiative to educate youth about healthy food and physical activity. Sara lives in Jackson, Wyoming and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health.

SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE

Kirsten Fleming - Calgary, AB

Kirsten Fleming is the Executive Director of Run Calgary - the premier race organization behind 7 events including the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend in Calgary, Canada. A former morning show host and tv journalist, Kirsten was introduced to running when her TV station sponsored the Calgary Marathon in 2008. For the last 5 years Kirsten and her team have been putting up finish lines for some 20,000 runners annually. On a mission to get the people in her city moving, Kirsten also co-leads @yycruncrew, owns a hot yoga studio called My Yoga Calgary and is a lululemon ambassador. 

FUNDRAISER COMMITTEE

Carolyn Robertson - Calgary, AB

Carolyn joined Fast & Female as a volunteer in January 2017. Carolyn has been a long-time volunteer in her community, with a passion towards advancing leadership in youth and young girls. Prior to joining Fast & Female, Carolyn served as volunteer (2006-2008), a Director (2009-2013) and Board Chair (2013–2016) for The Famous 5 Foundation. It was her involvement with the Foundation that sparked her passion for mentoring, inspiring, and empowering youth. Carolyn has worked as a client services marketing professional for over 20 years. She’s held senior positions with the AIR MILES Reward Program, Critical Mass, and is currently VP Marketing & Client Services with RMG, a company that brings loyalty and advertising solutions to companies across Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary. A native Calgarian, Carolyn also serves as volunteer with the Calgary Stampede as a Senior Associate on the Concessions and Exhibits Committee.  Carolyn recently moved to Canmore with her husband Troy and her 13-year old twins, Graeme & Joanna. With both kids in competitive activities, she spends much of her time keeping up with basketball game, swim meet, and music recital commitments.  Thankfully, she enjoys running.