Understanding the path of women in sports

Speakers from all walks of life will discuss their personal experiences and their journey in the world of sports. Pamphinet Buisa [membre de l’équipe nationale de rugby] Nadia Doukure, each panelist will have the opportunity to share their vision of the place of women in sports.

“We want to know where we come from and be a role model for future generations about our place in the sport. What is our role when we are the only woman in a group of boys or in a sport that is mostly played by men. I want to show that we bring more and our different vision,” said Ducoure, Carlton Ravens’ first female coach in football.

Nadia Ducouret, hands on hips, soccer ball at her feet.

Nadia Ducoure has been with the Carleton Ravens since last year.

Photo: courtesy of Denis Marinier

Claudia Landry, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) sports coordinator, will also share her thoughts on the place of women in sports. She also wants to hear the position of her colleagues.

There are athletes, women in industry, and leaders of organizations. I want to see their way and their point of viewshe said.

Claudia Landry is just starting her sports career with OSEG, for which she organizes events at TD Place. For her, the symposium will give women the opportunity to get to know each other better and help each other in a predominantly male world.

Two women take a selfie in front of a football field.

OSEG Events Coordinator Claudia Landry (right) with fellow Service Manager Julia Wiegle at TD Place in Ottawa.

Photo: courtesy of Claudia Landry

I recently graduated. It’s scary to start your career in the world of sports, an industry dominated by men. We want to know where to go, how to get there and choose the right path. Discussing this with students, having this discussion and imagining yourself as a woman in the world of sports, it helps a lot to see where they can go in the next few years.says the young woman.

We must allow young people to express themselves. To see that it is possible to hold such positions with people who are similar to them. Whether male or female, we have one thing in common: we are human beings with all the qualities and flaws we have.analyzes Nadia Ducouré for her part.

A lot of work has been done in recent years

Even if there is still a lot of work to be done, stakeholders recognize that the place of women in the world of sports has increased dramatically in recent times. Women have taken their place in the largest professional organizations.

Recently, Québécois Emily Castongay has taken a prominent position in the Vancouver Canucks. The examples are numerous and inspiring.

This is good because over the past few years we have seen strong women who have reached high heights in the industry. It’s great to see, it gives us hope to see ourselves in their shoes.continues Claudia Landry, who dreams of continuing her progress in the world of sports.

A woman is preparing to kick a soccer ball.

Sarah Fuller during a game between the Vanderbilt University Commodores and the Missouri Tigers. She became the first woman to play for the school in the prestigious Power 5 ranking, which includes the top five divisions. NCAA football

Photo: Getty Images/Handout

Yes, we are capable, they are waiting for us! We have the ability and skills to achieve what we want. We can do what men do and demonstrate that we are good and that we have our place at this level. »

Quote from Claudia Landry, OSEG

The fact remains that some mid-range actresses like Nadia Ducouret dream of changing the discourse. The coach is looking forward to the day when we will no longer be talking about the first woman to reach a position, but about a person.

We must consider a person and see that he is the best. For example, we have a doctor at the symposium. He is a doctor. We should no longer have this side where we add a comma and feminine. I want it to disappear. We want to be the best athletes. We get positions because we have passion and we have learned a lot.Doucure insists.

A young rugby player enters the field.

Rugby is a growing sport in Canada, especially among young women.

Photo: Larry Peyton Photography

Change happens quietly, not quickly. Discussions like today help. We can go where we want, little by little. Of course, not in one night, but we are capable, we will soon be there, sayClaudia Landry adds.

Symposium participants will also have the opportunity to interact with sports doctors, a disabled basketball player and a biomechanics coach. A diverse panel for an equally diverse topic with a promising future.