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Women and Sport: The Long Road Up

Women and Sport: The Long Road Up

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June 28th 2016:To medal you have to get to the start line!

There is a perception, widely supported by the sport leadership hierarchy, that women have (or are approaching) equitable treatment. Facts belie this notion and our guests are exemplars of women still fighting to even make it 'to the starting line' in the long road up. The events in women's canoe and women's road race cycling are either blocked from inclusion in the Olympic program or severely limited as compared to their male counterparts and as might be expected due to their numbers in other competitive activities. Today we hear about their strategic and gallant efforts to promote change.

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Pam Boteler

Pam Boteler is President of WomenCAN International and one of the most respected global voices in the fight for inclusion of and equality for women in Olympic Canoeing. She made USA Canoe/Kayak history at the 2000 U.S. National Sprint Canoe/Kayak Championships by becoming the first woman to compete in sprint (or high kneel) canoe – against the men - winning gold and bronze medals in the Intermediate classes. Her advocacy on and off the water helped spur USA Canoe/Kayak to change its bylaws in 2002 to add women only events, equal to the men. Now, with over 50 countries with women competing in both sprint and slalom canoe, women’s canoe is on the verge of Olympic inclusion in Tokyo2020.
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Robin Farina

Robin began her cycling career over 15 years ago after graduating from the Univ. of Tenn. with a degree in sport management. She has raced on several professional teams and is a 2011 National Road Race Champion and 2012 Olympic long team member. In 2015 she retired from racing and took the role of Director of The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling team. When not on a bike or coaching, she oversees the Women's Cycling Association (WCA) and is a leader in the global movement for women's equality in sport and life. After several years of racing at the highest level, Robin sees the need to help women's pro cycling become a stable platform for future cyclists. Robin sits on Board of Directors, US Bicy
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