Yesterday I had the honour of participating in my first Fast & Female event!!! Empowering women in sport has become a passion of mine and this organization's vision and values line up quite nicely with exactly what I am all about.
The organization was developed by Olympic Champ, Chandra Crawford who is based out of Canmore and they have promoted a slew of events targetted at inspiring young, female athletes to dream big and keep rocking it.
I was lucky to spend a couple hours with the Calgary Rangers Soccer Club staff and their U13-U16 Women's teams. We did a little boot-camp, had a Q&A session with myself and speedskating rockstar Brittany Schussler and filled out a DreamBig worksheet. It was really powerful to see the girls writing down their dreams and taking the first steps towards that vision.
I know for me, I always had BIG DREAMS...but only recently have I been able to really visualize all the steps it takes to make it become my reality. It has taken a new sense of maturity and more than anything, a new sense of self-love. I always return to the famous Marianne Williamson quote, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?... Actually, who are you not to be? ....Your playing small does not serve the world."
I don't think it could be any truer... It can certainly be scary to verbalize your dreams and perhaps even scarier to really visualize yourself achieving it. But why the heck not!
The young, women I met yesterday were all uniquely awesome and I hope they each come to understand their own strengths and weaknesses and pursue full-on what their big dream is. I know I am.
Here is the Fast & Female website for more information: http://www.fastandfemale.com/default.asp
Follow them on twitter too: @fastandfemale
I am experiencing some inner confusion about identifying as fast and female... it really works for the cross country ski crew but not necessarily for the wrestlers! BUT alas, I'll make it work and maybe it's a good indicator about my future post-retir
Erica Wiebe is a Canadian freestyle wrestler and Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Calgary. Her passion for wrestling and writing combine in the words of this blog, sprinkled with a strong opinion on certain matters and a hint of feminist thrown in for good measure.