Squash BC Emerging Female Leadership Forum

Summerland, October 5th, 2019


Event Overview

On October 5, 2019, Squash BC in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) presented the Emerging Female Leaders Forum. The forum, the first of its kind Squash BC, was developed for the squash community and focused to increase squash participation and retention of women and in British Columbia.

Attendees learned about current trends in sport through the keynote presentation by Jennifer Fenton (Sport BC Board Director /ProMOTION Plus Committee, CAAWS Facilitator) and the panel perspective of Carolyn Gillespie (PacificSport Okanagan). During the panel session and the round table discussions the attendees learned about proven best practices and heard relevant insights from the sport and squash community.

The Forum brought together like-minded squash players in a fun and informative afternoon of sharing, learning and socializing for the betterment of women’s squash in B.C.

Highlights of the Forum

  • Presentations supporting the trends in increasing participation of women and girls in other sports ~ See presentation.
  • Discussions associated with current sport marketing/development best practices
  • Insights on how other communities are approaching the issue of decreasing female sport participation
  • A facilitated panel discussion designed to mobilize discussion, brainstorm and share insights on this topic
  • Round table discussion with all participants ~ see round table notes
  • Special Squash BC recognition presentation of the 2018 recipients of the Emerging Leaders in Squash award
  • Social event to informally connect with all in person attendees to share experiences, learnings and best practices

Attendees included:

  • Representatives from squash clubs, women’s squash programs and 2018 and 2019 Women’s Squash Week (WSW) Ambassadors
  • Individuals who participated either in person or through live streaming

A Big thanks to our Community Partners: