Nurse, LeBlanc amongst group that can examine, advise on ladies’s professional sport in Canada

Nurse, LeBlanc amongst group that can examine, advise on ladies’s professional sport in Canada

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Kia Nurse and Karina LeBlanc are amongst a star-studded group of Canadian ladies tasked with serving to decide the course for skilled ladies’s sport in Canada.

Canadian Girls and Sport introduced a few new initiatives on Tuesday, together with the appointment of the Business Girls Sport Advisory Group, and a examine on the potential and course {of professional} ladies’s sport.

Nurse and LeBlanc are each two-time Olympians. Nurse now performs for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, whereas LeBlanc is the GM of the NWSL’s Portland Thorns FC.

They’re joined by Stacey Allaster, U.S. Open Match director and former CEO of Girls’s Tennis Affiliation; Toronto Raptors VP of basketball operations Teresa Resch, amongst others on the group which additionally contains ladies in media and company manufacturers.

Cheri Bradish, the director of Toronto Metropolitan College’s Way forward for Sport Lab, would be the lead writer on a report back to be launched within the fall.

“That is an thrilling period for girls’s sport in Canada,” mentioned Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, the CEO of Canadian Girls and Sport. “There’s a need to have the expansion {of professional} ladies’s sport on this nation. There have been the CWHL (Canadian Girls’s Hockey League) and different efforts made, however we actually assume that there’s large alternative now given the variety of leagues and teams, in addition to the athletes being so vocal about it, who wish to set up skilled assist leagues in Canada within the coming months to years.”

The advisory group will information a nationwide panorama report that can collect information each from a questionnaire, together with secondary information from case research and work with nationwide sports activities organizations.

“We’re fascinated with this broadly, however completely it’s doing major analysis to seek out out what do Canadians assume,” mentioned Sanmeyer-Graves. “What are their habits? What are their behaviours round ladies’s sports activities, and what may these be round ladies’s skilled sports activities?

“And it from the angle of media, of manufacturers — merchandise and issues like that — in addition to groups and leagues themselves. As a result of these are the oldsters who’re actually going to make the distinction when it comes to bringing these alternatives to Canada, and we need to assist them with some nice perception and information to assist them make selections which are going to set ladies up for fulfillment.”

Sandmeyer-Graves mentioned it was essential the advisory group present Canada-specific perception, reasonably than depend on info from professional leagues within the U.S.

“The USA is a really completely different market,” she mentioned. “We wish Canadian-specific insights and we imagine that this panel and this report characterize the most effective foot to start out out on.”

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