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Top U.S. Ocean Surfski Paddler Beata Cseke Talks About Growing Women's Surfski
by WomenCANIntl
posted July 25, 2014 at 12:21am

Beata Cseke is an extraordinary athlete and human being.  Besides being one of the top ocean surfski paddlers in the U.S., she is an incredibly kind person who genuinely wants to help women and girls at any level get into surfski paddling and enjoy t...more

ICF's 2020 Women's Canoe Proposal Lacks a Strategy and Transparency / Women's Canoe = Ready for Rio
by WomenCANIntl
posted November 27, 2013 at 4:17pm

A proposal from the International Canoe Federation (ICF) to include two women’s canoe single events in the 2020 Olympics has left Australian Canoe Slalom World Champion Jessica Fox “unimpressed.” She was angered by the November 15, 201...more

Olympic Paddler Says ICF's "No Changes for Rio 2016" A Step Back for Women & Sport.
by WomenCANIntl
posted November 19, 2013 at 10:20pm

SPORTSCENE received the article below from an athlete who wishes to remain anonymous for reasons as explained below. WomenCAN International applauds this paddler for speaking out and respects their wish to remain anonymous. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++...more

Olympics Still Closed for Women's Canoe? ICF Says No Changes for Rio2016
by WomenCANIntl
posted November 19, 2013 at 9:34pm

Is the International Canoe Federation Open to Change? Article by Keith Lyons http://keithlyons.me/open-to-change/ His exhortation for the ICF to be much more pro-active in change: "I do think we have an important window of conscience available to us in...more

Slalom Canoe World Champion Jessica Fox (AUS) Slams ICF Over Misleading Statements
by WomenCANIntl
posted November 17, 2013 at 9:58pm

Jessica Fox (AUS) Slams the International Canoe Federation over misleading statements in their recent press release about their proposal to add women's canoe events for Tokyo2020. "As a C1 woman, to know it will be in the Olympics is great news, however ...more

Richard Fox Slams ICF for Delaying Women's Canoe Inclusion Until Tokyo2020
by WomenCANIntl
posted November 17, 2013 at 7:29pm

Richard Fox slams the ICF over delaying inclusion of Women's Canoe until Tokyo 2020.      http://www.sportscene.tv/news/fox-slams-icf-over-olympic-plan "...high level female athletes continue to be significantly restricted in their acces...more

Is It Really a New Era for Women's Sport? The International Canoe Federation's Dirty Little Secret
by WomenCANIntl
posted November 4, 2013 at 7:34pm

WomenCAN International participated in the 8th Annual Play the Game Conference in Aarhus, Denmark, October 28-31, 2013.  Link to presentation and speech script here. Play the Game’s aim is to strengthen the ethical foundation of sport and...more

Sammy's, swimsuits, and...sweaters...?
by GAzevedo
posted October 20, 2013 at 5:47pm

Moving from a closet full of swimsuits to a closet full of sweaters...more

The Power of 100%
by Marissa Kastanek
posted September 6, 2013 at 9:32am

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." Kevin Durant. Giving 100% at every given moment will allow success at many levels. Coaches can see when an athlete leaves everything on the field of play and that is a key when recruiting....more

Professional Rugby Player Phaidra Knight signs with Heraea Marketing
by HeraeaMarketing
posted May 8, 2013 at 8:18pm

Phaidra Knight chooses the right team...more

LIFT THE BAN ON WOMEN'S CANOEING AT THE OLYMPICS
by WomenCANIntl
posted May 7, 2013 at 11:44pm

Help us reach 5,000 signatures to press the President of the International Canoe Federation, Mr. Jose Perurena, and the International Olympic Committee to lift the ban on women's canoeing at the Olympics. Please sign and share our petition:  https:...more

Sportscene's Take: Academic report shuns Rogge’s “major boost for gender equality” at London 2012
by WomenCANIntl
posted April 7, 2013 at 9:36pm

Sportscene's Nicolaas Harding breaks down the University of Torontos report - which analysed whether London 2012 was in fact a model for gender equality in sport - for Olympic Canoe/Kayak. Results are, despite more female athletes competing in e...more

Larry Cain - Olympic Canoeing Gold Medalist on Women's Canoe and Olympic Gender Inequality
by WomenCANIntl
posted April 4, 2013 at 9:12pm

Olympic Gold Medalist Canoeist Larry Cain speaks out on gender inequality in Olympic Canoeing "I'll probably ruffle a few feathers with this post, but it needs to be said. It's time for women to race canoe in the Olympics and continuing to ignore gende...more

University of Toronto Report Reveals Inequalities at London 2012
by WomenCANIntl
posted April 4, 2013 at 7:48pm

The London 2012 Olympics - A Gender Equality Audit. From the Centre for Sport Policy Studies at the University of Toronto, Peter Donnelly and Michele K. Donnelly analysed gender equality in sport using the case of the 2012 London Olympics.   WOMEN'...more

Olympic Canoeing Survives IOC Axe - But is Gender Equity on the ICF Agenda?
by WomenCANIntl
posted March 16, 2013 at 10:19pm

In a recent article the International Canoe Federation (ICF) stated it was “disappointed” at its shock appearance among the sports in the firing line (the "Bottom 5") last month when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was considering wh...more

Women's Canoe - Long Overdue: An In-Depth Analysis as to Why Women's Canoe Isn't In the Olympics
by WomenCANIntl
posted March 2, 2013 at 1:45pm

“There is no excuse for perpetuating the blatant sexism that persists at the Games.Not only do women compete in only 21 sports while men take part in 27, but the program of events in most sports has fewer events for women. At the Olympics women do k...more

Just for women sports 24/7 coming our way
by HeraeaMarketing
posted February 12, 2013 at 7:46pm

Sports Channel for Women TV...more

That Which Was Lost
by Felicity (Fawkes) Hawksley
posted September 25, 2012 at 9:22am

Somewhere in Oxford, Great Britain, 2009, 5.25am. Two Varsity rowers sleep, the winter morning silent around them, the spires of their Oxford scraping the frosted sky. Three more months to the Boat Race.  192 sessions gone; 144 to go, until they l...more

‘Soul Surfer’ Team Show ‘True Spirit’ with Jessica Watson Sailing Story
by Pretty Tough
posted August 21, 2012 at 8:32am

In 2010, 16 year-old Australian Jessica Watson became the youngest person to sail solo around the world non-stop and unassisted. Her feat is now being turned into a feature film courtesy of Soul Surfer producer Brookwell McNamara Entertainment and Oz&rsqu...more

Rower Jenn Gibbons doesn't let attack deter her from her mission
by Caitlin Constantine
posted July 26, 2012 at 12:28pm

Jenn Gibbons was on her way to becoming the first person to row the entire 1,500-mile perimeter of Lake Michigan, a feat she was undertaking with the goal of helping raise awareness of the role exercise plays in the fight against breast cancer. She was...more

London's High Court permits Female Canoeist's lawsuit to proceed
by WomenCANIntl
posted July 21, 2012 at 10:27pm

On Thursday, London's High Court granted permission for British National Sprint Canoe Champion Sam Rippington's lawsuit to proceed.  In addition, "The IOC and the Olympic Delivery Authority have been ordered to be joined as interested parties. The ca...more

LOCOG Deflects Equality Responsibilities
by WomenCANIntl
posted July 20, 2012 at 2:12pm

LOCOG continues to deflect equality responsibilities. See article in"The Guardian."  http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jul/19/london-2012-japan-australia-sexism.  British National Champion Canoeist Samantha Rippington is not asking for...more

FEMALE CANOEIST TAKES OLYMPIC INEQUALITY TO COURT
by WomenCANIntl
posted July 19, 2012 at 1:00am

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***   FEMALE CANOEIST TAKE OLYMPIC INEQUALITY TO COURT CLAIMS LOCOG IS IN BREACH OF EQUALITY ACT 2010 Samantha Rippington (Left in photo), an elite female canoeist from Reading, will today launch a High Court challenge to th...more

Why Isn't Women’s Canoe in the Olympics?
by WomenCANIntl
posted July 6, 2012 at 11:55am

Abby Hoffman, the famous Canadian sports icon wrote the following in the Ottawa Citizen in reference to the  1996 Olympic Games:           “There is no excuse for perpetuating the blatant sexism that persists at...more

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