The many career paths available to women interested in sports will be highlighted during an event for local teens on Friday, Feb. 10.

Brock’s Centre for Sport Capacity (CSC) has partnered with the Niagara IceDogs to host the “Women in Sport Leadership” panel, which will welcome more than 60 young women aged 14 to 17 who play for a competitive or recreational team in Niagara and beyond.

As part of the Lead Like a Girl initiative, the event will take place from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. at Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Lecture Room 156.

“Lead Like a Girl is an important program for the CSC, and this career panel is one of many opportunities we offer throughout the year,” says centre director Julie Stevens. “We are excited to continually expand this program with specialized offerings that focus on careers for women in sport.”

The “Women in Sport Leadership” panel will feature professional women leaders who make strides in their respective sport sectors every day.

Panellists include Melissa Krist, executive director of Brock Sports and Recreation; Victoria Bendus, lead sport performance coach at Brock University Athletics; Laura Micevic, director of operations at Pelino Athletic Performance Centre; and Vittoria Wikston, director of marketing and community development, 2022 Niagara Canada Summer Games. Also contributing to the event will be Laura Harris, Canadian/regional content contributor at The Gist, a women-led, inclusive sports media brand.

Panellists will provide insight into their careers and pathways in the areas of marketing and events, administration, training and performance, sports medicine, media and journalism, and more.

“Partnering with the IceDogs enabled the panel invitation to specifically target girl athletes who already had tickets to the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) game at the Meridian Centre,” says Stevens. “Before Friday’s PWHPA game, panel attendees will gain insights into two kinds of career opportunities: the science, training and sports medicine side and the management/business side. These are career pathways Brock offers through our Kinesiology and Sport Management programs.

“This is a unique opportunity for girls to learn about potential roles in sport and make connections that can inspire their next steps after high school,” she says.


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