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 US

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.

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Program Director, Fast and Female Canada

Nicky Lightstone
Ontario Program Manager, Fast and Female Canada

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. Upon finishing an undergrad in History, Nicky searched for a program that would allow her to fulfill a sense of adventure and provide an education in sport management that would set her up for her career. Nicky found this at Deakin University in Melbourne where she completed her Master’s in Business (Sport Management) in 2011. She stayed in Melbourne working for Bicycle Network Victoria, which hosts the largest mass participation cycling event in Australia, in corporate relations.

Upon returning to Canada in 2012 Nicky settled back in her hometown of Ottawa – it was there in 2013 that she began working for the Coaching Association of Canada, in 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 the fall of 2014 she moved to Toronto to work for the TO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Organizing Committee. There she coordinated their rate card program through the end of the games, with the program successfully surpassing its target three-fold.

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. When faced with the opportunity of joining the Fast and Female team Nicky knew she had to be involved with such a fantastic organization. She joined the team in October 2016 .

Nicky spends her downtime with her family and friends, enjoys cooking, exploring different parts of Toronto, camping, canoeing and downhill skiing.   

Krista Guloien
British Columbia Program Manager, Fast and Female Canada

Krista Guloien 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. Krista stands out as a role model for young athletes and has volunteered countless hours to educate, coach and mentor young athletes. 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 works to coordinate events for Fast and Female in British Columbia. 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. She is passionate about helping people to feel empowered, confident, motivated and worthy. She is also passionate about her family and her two dogs Charlie and Arthur.

Una Lounder
Social Media Coordinator + Nova Scotia Program Manager, 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 new Program Manager 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 Summit Coordinator, 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 as the Ontario Program Manager, 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 Summit Coordinator, 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.