WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
BETH HILLHOUSE, PRINCE GEORGE (BC)
“I was very impressed with the Fast and Female program. Thanks for all the enthusiasm you bought to Prince George. Over the years, my daughter has felt uncomfortable XC skiing although it is our family sport and we have been taking her since she was two. This year she refused jackrabbits and sat in the lodge instead during lessons. However she saw the fast and female posters which piqued her interest and she signed up. She had such a good time during the two hours of fast and female that she came back saying “I wonder why I ever told you I didn’t like skiing. I love skiing! Sign me up for lessons next year mom!” This sentiment has lasted for our family downhill ski trip this week as well. I am so grateful to fast and female for bringing my daughter around to love skiing. My sincere thanks to all of you.”
JIM PRENDERGAST, WINNIPEG (MB)
“My daughter and I attended last year’s event at the Cyclo-Cross Championships – Mary the champ chat, where she spent lots of quality time with Catherine Pendrel J, and myself at the parent session, learning about nutrition & psychology. I hope you hear this all the time, but you guys rock.”
Tegen, Past event participant, Calgary (AB)
I’ve been a big supporter of Fast and Female since I participated in the event at Calgary Olympic Park in 2009. At that point, I had no idea that there were two types of cross-country skiing. Chandra was amazing – she gave me a private skate skiing lesson and cheered me on the whole way. I’m still a pretty bad skate skier, but she really inspired me to keep trying. To this day, I wear my Fast and Female gear with pride. Thank you for that amazing experience and for all you do for girls everywhere.
Laurie Arseneault, Jr. Mountain Bike Racer (Terrebonne, QC)
We were very happy to represent Canada at the mountain bike World Championship in Norway. Me (Laurie Arsenault) and Marine Lewis matched our helmets and gloves to be really ”fast and female” for this race. You such an inspiration for juniors girls like us. For me, I hope one day to help young ladies to reach they goals like you did.
Thanks for the dream!
Tim Edwards, Dad, USAT L2 Coach, Head Coach CSU Triathlon (November 2014)
“My daughter is a triathlete, swimmer, and short track speed skater. She is a shining example of a girl that is a tough princess who loves beating boys. All the things your organization is promoting are the things I am teaching her, her teammates on our junior TRI team, and other female athletes I coach. Keep up the good work!”
Sally Heinikainen, Mother of participant (November 2014)
“I just want to thank you for the positive attitudes and great experience we’ve had with everyone we’ve come in contact with that is involved with Fast and Female. Your enthusiasm about what your doing is contagious and I’m thrilled my daughter was able to take part here in Calgary. It really had made a big impact on her and I am very grateful. I will be spreading the word to everyone I know! Keep up the great work!”
Montana Nault, Volunteer (November 2014)
“I had the great pleasure of being a part of the Fast and Female event held at the Canada Olympic park, even if it was just as a volunteer. Watching the young girls be inspired by Olympians to be physically active and how to properly do so was inspiring for myself to even watch. I wish I could’ve been participating in the event. It was amazing to see all the different types of emotions going on within those girls, and to see relationships build within the group throughout the day. There was something about the dynamics of the day, and how physical activity can bring so many people together. Getting the opportunity to physically be in the gym where the Olympians train was inspiring as well, and those girls were so lucky to have the opportunity to train in the facility. I was a little jealous of them. Taking pictures of the event, and being able to capture the emotions within the girls made me feel as though I was feeling those emotions along with them. Those girls had an amazing opportunity that they hopefully didn’t take for granted and I think it’s wonderful that teaching the importance of physical activity, and how to properly be physically active to young kids, especially girls. Girls don’t normally get the opportunity to shine because they’re surrounded by boys and feel uncomfortable. Hopefully this inspires girls to not let boys get in the way of their greatness and talents with physical activity and sport. Girls and boys are both human, and both are capable of amazing things.”
Shawnee Harle, Event speaker & Women’s National Basketball Team Coach (November 2014)
“Thank you for the opportunity to be involved on November 1 with Fast and Female. I was so impressed with everything I saw and the vibe and energy in the building were tangible! I hope all the people involved in the organization of the event felt a great sense of accomplishment for a job well done. I look forward to future involvement with your amazing group!!!”
Michelle Purdie, Mother of participants (November 2014)
“Our daughter, Ella, had a great time at today’s conference. She came away from today with some very positive messages and take away lessons about working as a team, goal setting and overcoming your fears as as an athlete.”
Amy Golumbia, Mother of participants (November 2014)
“Natalie and Jasmine absolutely LOVED every aspect of the event. They said it was one of the best days of their lives. Their words, not mine. Thank you for putting on such a great event for them.”
“I did Fast and Female when I was 14, so I got flown out to Canmore because I won a contest. In the first Fast and Female events ever, they were flying two girls from every province to Canmore for this event. That was my first time out West and I got to meet Chandra Crawford, who was a celebrity to me at that point. That was super motivating and I was on a high from that for a really long time. My inspiration from Fast and Female combined with the feeling that I was enjoying skiing the most out of all my sports prompted me to join the local Fondeurs Laurentides nordic team at 15. Two years later, I fully committed to skiing, leaving Quebec to train with coach Les Parsons in Edmonton, Alberta.”
Renée, Mother of participant
“I want to encourage (and thank) your organization in continuing your work. With my daughter being very limited these last couple of months due to injury, and much physical therapy still ahead of her, she has been watching some of your online videos and reading the articles from your Facebook feed. She has been living vicariously through the athletes featured and is looking forward to getting back out on the snow and training hard. Being the mom of a very active daughter, whom we are striving to raise as a strong and confident young lady, your organization is top notch in showing these young ladies how to be strong and confident in all aspects of their lives.”
Gail Niinimaa, ChPC, Level 5 Biathlon
“Kudos to Chandra, Annika, Rosanna and team for organizing such a great event on Sunday. I would like to thank you for letting me be involved as the “oldest” ambassador!! I believe that every time we have an opportunity to empower girls in sport we grow our sport in substantial ways.
In 1981 there were 2 women competing in Biathlon in Canada – Kaarina from BC and Denise from Alberta – I knew that I was a better skier and shooter than her, so in 1982 I started my adventure in Biathlon. That year at nationals there were 4 women, the next year 8, then the next year 16, then there was a Jr. women’s category, etc etc until 1992 when Myriam won an Olympic medal and many young girls knew that it was a real possibly for Canadians to succeed at the Olympic level.
So all of you great ambassadors need to know that you make a huge difference as role models and mentors to the young girls who you work with. When people see that the way has been paved it opens the door to set the bar even higher. Best of luck to everyone this season as you set and meet your goals, I’m going to forge a new skiing class this year and plan to give ski instruction for women 55+ at COP this winter!! So maybe to can encourage that age group to also be empowered through sport!!
Best wishes and see you on the trails!!”
Whitney, Mother of participant
“Thank you SO MUCH for this event, it was such a huge confidence builder for her. She has been scared and dreading moving up in to the Learn to Train program from Jackrabbits because she didn’t think she was good enough or fast enough – after yesterday, she can’t wait for L2T to start!! The work you and your colleagues are doing is so important, I can’t thank you enough for the confidence it gave my daughter.”
Linda Leffel, Mother of participant
“The Fast and Female event in Bend Oregon was a fabulous afternoon, and very inspiring for all the young girls and teens that attended. The Nordic Skiing Ambassadors were so kind and interacted so well with the kids. Lots of fun!!! My 3 daughters loved the afternoon and wore their Fast and Female shirts to school the next day!!! Thanks for bringing this to Bend, it was great!!”
Jenny Anderson, Athletic Club of Fast and Female event venue host
“You could tell the Fast and Female XC Ski Dryland Event was a total success by the smiles on the faces of the participants! The Ambassadors were very motivational and got the kids to think positively about their future in sports and life in general. I was happy to see such a high quality and well-rounded event for girls. The Fast and Female Organization and Ambassadors were a pleasure to work with and I look forward to doing it again!”
Kendra Hicks, Athlete, Canmore (AB)
“My name is Kendra Hicks. I’m a grade twelve student, and an athlete. I love love love cross-country skiing, and I really aspire to succeed in this sport!
Believe it or not, I was actually at the very first Fast and Female Event at Silver Star in 2006. I remember the feeling of being so incredibly inspired by the older female athletes. I got them to sign my shirt, and I honestly didn’t take it off for a month after that! I specifically remember Amanda Ammar telling me that I was a really fast, really fun kid. Funny enough, Amanda is now my teammate and she still tells me things like that. But I was so amazed that somebody that successful, and that amazing, told me that in Silver Star back in 2006. So basically, that’s my goal! I want to tell younger girls that they are amazing too! I want girls to be inspired like I was when I went to all those fast females back in the day.
I really want girls to become more involved in sports like cross-country skiing. I think girls turn away from this sport because it’s so manly and so hardcore! But what they don’t realize is that’s the beauty of it! I really look up to Emily Batty because she shows girls that sports like cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and mountain biking are for girls too! She shows everyone to embrace our femininity and go out there and kick butt! She’s fast and she is so female!
I’m so in love with my sport, and I really want to spread the love to others as well! I cannot even describe what this sport means to me, and the more people involved the better. I have become a better person because of cross-country skiing, there’s no denying it. In my club (Canmore Nordic Ski Club) there are no girls my age who ski. It’s tragic for many reasons. I want to tell young girls they are amazing, I want them to look up to me. This has been my dream for a long time now!”
Karen Johnson, parent and FF volunteer
“As a parent and helper, I was so impressed with the fast and female weekend in Yellowknife. It was so cool to peak in the door and see 50 kids all dancing in step together. In a short time they all learned the dance steps. They were doing it for themselves, not to perform.
There was so much chatter in the lodge when the girls were eating lunch and laughter too.
The fast and female experience has connected the girls who participated in it in a unique way. Years from now I could see them connecting with one of the other females and saying ‘Hey, weren’t you at that first Fast and female weekend in YK. We had so much fun!’ It was a real memory builder.
One of my daughters is really interested in doing yoga now. We haven’t managed to get her into a program for yoga yet. Every once in a while she will do some yoga before bed. Even if it isn’t exactly done right, at this point the important thing for me is her positive attitude to yoga and a desire to do more.
One of the young women who came out to guide a group of FF skiers through the stations is volunteering as an assistant coach with our Track Attack program. I am sure she made the choice to volunteer because she had such fun with the girls at Fast and Female.
I love skiing and I try not to miss an opportunity to promote it and to encourage individuals to give the sport a try. I cannot think of anything more wonderful than the sight from our Yellowknife ski club balcony of 50 girls having a ball going around and around in the stadium on their skis at Fast and female. Also, it was so great to have each of the girls ski the loppet with a group. They really challenged themselves. Many of the girls would not have skied as far if they had skied the loppet with their families. They also might have complained a lot more!
Fast and Female was a wonderful, positive rewarding experience for the girls and for the volunteers.”