More chances seen for females

ERIC BENDER -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

There are more opportunities for female student-athletes than ever, says Cassie Campbell, retired captain of Canada's national women's hockey team and two-time Olympic gold medallist.

"We don't make a lot of money playing sports, so education is the first thing you have to look at," she said yesterday from her home in Calgary.

That's the message she wants to deliver in London on Oct. 20 when she's the keynote speaker at an informational conference at Althouse College for high school girls, designed to explore educational-athletic routes.

"Sometimes you don't know everything that's out there," she said.

Campbell, 32, who will continue as an ambassador for hockey and women's sports, accepted the invitation because the focus is on girls and "there are not a lot of female athletes to look up to."

She visited U.S. colleges when she was in high school in Brampton, but found women "didn't get the big scholarships," so it was still expensive to attend a school with a good program in the desired sport.

She settled on the University of Guelph in 1992 because it had a strong women's hockey team, "which was unusual at the time," and because it had arts and science programs and she wasn't sure which to pursue. She achieved a sociology degree and half of a nutritionist degree.

Cecily Clarke, a conference convener, said two students from each high school have been invited for free and if any additional students wish to attend the fee is $35. Speakers have been lined up from Ontario University Athletics and Canadian College Athletics. Parents of student-athletes will also discuss experiences in the U.S. scholarship route.

Among the speakers and panelists are Therese Quigley, director of athletics, McMaster University; Linda Stapleton, director of athletics, Seneca College; Linda Lauzon, a parent; Kathy Rumleski, Free Press reporter; Natascha Wesch, UWO and Canadian women's rugby coach; Tatiana Jevremovic, physician, Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic; Josie Josten, City of London; Amanda Pfeffer, London police constable.

Moderators are Vickie Croley, coach, UWO track and field; Cheryl Finn, London Sports Council executive director; and Joanne MacLean, professor, sport management, Brock University. Host is Alison Doherty.

JUMP! CONFERENCE

Where: Althouse College, UWO

When: Oct. 20, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Cassie Campbell address: 9 a.m.

Registration deadline: Oct. 6, online at www.jumpconference.com


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