FAST AND FEMALE CANADA TEAM

Fast and Female Team - Chandra Crawford

Chandra Crawford
President and Founder

Chandra Crawford is a music-loving mountain girl born and raised in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. In 2005, along with her teammates, she started Fast and Female to meet the next generation of ski racers and “inspire and be inspired.” In 2006 Chandra won Olympic Gold in cross-country skiing and captured the hearts of Canadians when she belted out the national anthem from the top step of the podium. In 2014 she retired from competitive ski racing after three Olympics and 13 years of international ski racing with the Canadian National Team where she visited the world cup podium 7 times. She graduates from the University of Calgary in 2016 with her Masters in Business Administration, a degree that is really enhancing her ability to take Fast and Female to new levels. In the summer of 2016, Chandra is expecting her first child with her husband Jared Poplawski. Her main interests beyond Fast and Female consist of doing the following activities with friends, family and her golden retriever, Stella: running, road biking, yoga, camping, dancing, reading, languages, eating seafood, travel, concerts, and any kind of adventure out in the mountains.

Kelsey Robin
Executive Director, Fast and Female Canada

Kelsey combines her passion for coaching girls with her finance and change management skills to the dream job of Fast and Female Canada’s Executive Director. Mixing academic and sport at Carleton University, she graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree while racing for the Nordic ski team. Kelsey went on to achieve a Chartered Accountant designation during her tenure at Ernst and Young followed by a diverse set of professional experience employed as a Controller of a Venture Capital firm; Sales Executive at Microsoft and project lead with IBM’ SAP practice engaged on large scale business transformation programs for Public Sector clients. Kelsey prioritized family mid way through her career taking time off to raise her two sons while actively volunteering in her local community acting as program coordinator, treasurer, sponsorship coordinator, and coach for several amateur sports associations. Kelsey’s zest for Fast and Female is inspired by her own struggles during her teen years with body image, understanding friendships and watching her friends dropping out of sport.

Alyson Suzanne Coleman
Program Director, Fast and Female Canada

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!

Una Lounder
Events Manger, Fast and Female Canada 

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!

Erin Yungblut
Media Relations, Fast and Female Canada

I’m a Canadian biathlete, chasing my dream of winning medals for our nation in the winter Olympics…and learning about sport and myself along the way! Outside of sport I love to read and write, eat dark chocolate, and play in the mountains and ocean. I race for Canada internationally and represent the province of Ontario when racing domestically. I am originally from Wroxeter, Ontario, but now live and train in the beautiful mountain town of Canmore, Alberta. I was into many different sports growing up, but my unorthodox journey in the Nordic sports began when I learned how to ski at age 14, and I fell in love with the sport of biathlon at the age of 17. The challenge of the two totally different sports—cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship—appealed to me greatly, and I’ve been chasing my dream, in the rocky mountains and in races around the globe, ever since. I attended my first Fast and Female event at age 16, was an ambassador by age 21, and now at age 24 have come full circle, now working with this amazing crew, and am so excited to be spreading the love far and wide!

FAST AND FEMALE USA TEAM

Fast and Female Team - Kikkan Randall

Kikkan Randall
President, Fast and Female USA

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. She is a 2001 graduate of East High School and is currently an undergraduate business major at Alaska Pacific University. Kikkan has raced in four 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 passionately involved with Healthy Futures and Fast and Female, organizations that promote the benefits of healthy active lifestyles to youth.

Sara Salo
Executive Director, Fast and Female USA

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.

VOLUNTEERS

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Karen Booth
Retail Operations Volunteer, Fast and Female Canada

Karen is our retail volunteer in Canmore. She maintains the warehouse, ships out merchandise and keeps the Inventory up-to-date. She graduated in Medicine from the University of Alberta in 1984 and worked in Calgary as a pediatrician until her retirement in 2010. Karen and her husband moved to Canmore in 2012. Chandra’s mother, Louise, invited her to volunteer in 2013. Karen was very impressed with the ideals and programming of Fast and Female so it was an easy decision of where to place her volunteer efforts. Karen enjoys power walking, hiking, cross-country skiing, Pilates and studying Spanish. She and her husband, Jonathan Huyer, a photographer and engineer, also travel extensively especially to remote places in the world.

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Fred Cheney
Public Relations Advisor, Fast and Female Canada 

Fred currently volunteers as a Public Relations Consultant for Fast & Female and serves as the Public Relations and Marketing Manager for Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP. He has over 14 years of professional communications experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. With expertise in media and public relations, crisis communications, branding and advertising, he has managed the reputations of prestigious organizations such as Canadian Pacific, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Mount Royal University and most recently AltaGas. Originally hailing from Cleveland, OH, Fred moved to Calgary in 1998 from Hiroshima, Japan, where he taught English for three years. In his spare time, Fred enjoys spending time with his two children Kendra (12) and Keon (4), practicing Muay Thai kickboxing and cheering for his alma mater Duke University.