OUR FAST AND FEMALE 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.

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.

Kelsey Robin
Executive Director, Fast and Female Canada

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.

Alyson Suzanne Coleman
Program Director, Fast and Female Canada

Erin Yungblut
Media Relations Coordinator +
Girl’s Run Coordinator

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!

Kate Hanly
Alberta Event Coordinator


Nicky Lightstone
Sponsorship Coordinator + Ontario Program Manager

It was while playing varsity rugby at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON that Nicky realized that she wanted to find a way to turn the passion of providing sport to others into a career. Nicky completed her Master’s in Business (Sport Management) from Deakin University in Melbourne while working for Bicycle Network Victoria. Returning to Canada in 2012 she began working for the Coaching Association of Canada, on their coach and partner services team, this led back into event management and corporate relations while working on the Coaching Association of Canada’s annual Sport Leadership Sportif conference. In 2014 she moved to Toronto to work for the TO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Organizing Committee coordinating their rate card program through the end of the games. Having gone to an all-girls school in Ottawa for high school, in addition to spending 10 years at Camp Oconto, a girls’ camp near Perth, ON – Nicky knows and values the importance of a positive, empowering and health environment for girls to participate in sport. Nicky spends her downtime with her family and friends, enjoys cooking, exploring different parts of Toronto, camping, canoeing and downhill skiing.   

Una Lounder
Social Media Coordinator + Nova Scotia Event Coordinator 

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 Tribe
Ontario Support, 
Fast and Female Canada

Erin is originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, but lived in Southern Ontario for many years where she learned to love cross-country ski racing! She eventually returned to Thunder Bay to be an elite cross-country ski racer with the National Development Centre and competed nationally and internationally for 5 years. Upon recently stepping back from full-time racing, she completed a business degree at Lakehead University, and is working towards a degree in Interior Design. She has also come to enjoy new opportunities in coaching, University racing, and other sports. Erin is excited to give back to the Fast & Female community and help to reach, motivate and inspire as many young female athletes as possible! Outside of school and work, she loves doing anything outside and spending time with friends!

Katherine Hall
Ontario Support, 
Fast and Female Canada

Katherine hails from Thunder Bay, Ontario and grew up playing sports and enjoying the outdoors. Through highschool and university she was a competitive cross country ski racer, racing the Ontario Cup and National circuit as well as being part of the successful Lakehead Varsity Nordic Team. While competing as a varsity athlete, Katherine graduated from LU with an Honours Bachelour in Kinesiology.  After taking a step back from racing, Katherine enjoys having taken on the role of coach and having fun on the trails with young skiers.  In her spare time she enjoys any kind of outdoor adventure or sport – be it on the trails, snow or water!  Katherine looks forward to being a part of the amazing Fast and Female team and bringing events across the province to inspire and motivate girls to achieve all they can!

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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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Louise Crawford
Retail Operations Volunteer, Fast and Female Canada

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Fred Cheney
Public Relations Advisor (Volunteer), 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.