There are very few instances where we feel compelled to write about the things we see on a daily basis. The study "Women In Sport: Fuelling A Lifetime Of Participation" by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) is one of the few exceptions. A review of the study and the timing of a new initiative by Telus prompted us to pitch a documentary for the Story Hive program where creators in British Columbia can apply for a grant to produce their work.
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This series will examine CAAWS and the study in detail. It will be broken down into a three parts, as one blog post would not do it justice.
Part one, will introduce CAAWS, the study and it's importance.
Part two will get into the meat of the study and examine the methodology, data and results.
Part three will provide an analysis, look at the plan of action and offer light at the end of the tunnel.
Who is CAAWS and what are they about?
"Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating an equitable sport and physical activity system in which girls and women are actively engaged as participants and leaders. CAAWS provides a number of services, programs and resources to a variety of clients, including sport and physical activity organizations, teachers, coaches, health professionals and recreation leaders. Since 1981 CAAWS has worked in close cooperation with government and non-government organizations on activities and initiatives that advocate for positive change for girls and women in sport and physical activity."
What is the study about?
"Researchers situate the status and challenges of Canadian girls and women’s participation and leadership in sport, and identify actions to fuel lifelong participation.
This collaborative report led by Canada’s dairy farmers, the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), and a sport leader advisory group is part of a commitment to research about the state of female sport participation in Canada."
Why is it important?
"Participation in any of the many types of sports, from individual sport pursuits, recreational team sports and physical activity pursued for pleasure, can contribute to building and maintaining healthy and active lifestyles. Girls and women who participate in sport realize significant physical, psychological and social benefits.
For girls and women to reap the benefits of sport, they must continue to play across their lifespan. Girls and women need to overcome the many hurdles that impede their sport participation in Canada. And few girls and women do. Through this report, and the Fuelling Women Champions initiative, Canada’s dairy farmers aim to inspire girls and women, regardless of age or ability, in local communities across Canada to realize the universal benefits of sport and provide action-oriented recommendations to advance female sport in Canada."
Given that we know who CAAWS is and what the study about and who it was funded by, we can proceed to part two which gets into the details and provides information about the methodology, data and results.
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1. Vision Mission Values, About CAAWS. (n.d.). Retrieved June 21, 2017, from http://www.caaws.ca/
2. "Women in Sport: Fuelling A Lifetime Of Participation" [Study]. March 7, 2016