This summer has been one for the books for TSN’s Kate Beirness – from reporting on the Toronto Raptors’ historic championship run to hosting the network’s FIFA Women’s World Cup coverage to earning an honourary doctorate degree. And this past weekend marked another milestone on her calendar: the annual HER MARK female empowerment summit.
The third annual @HerMarkCanada summit (founded by our own @katebeirness) is underway! A day that's aimed at empowering the next generation of Canadian female leaders and one of our favourites on the calendar! pic.twitter.com/r0AR4QicIf— TSN (@TSN_Sports) July 20, 2019
Held on Saturday, July 20 at MLSE LaunchPad in Toronto, Beirness led the third annual edition of this one-day summit aimed at inspiring and motivating the next generation of Canadian female leaders in whatever life may throw at them. Throughout the event, female high school students heard from motivational speakers, made new connections with their peers, and completed an interactive training circuit alongside past and present special guest Olympians, including Jayna Hefford, Cheryl Pounder, Laura Stacey, Sarah Nurse, Mandy Bujold, Rosie MacLennan, Diana Matheson, and Carmelina Moscato.
HER MARK ambassadors Lindsay Hamilton (SPORTSCENTRE), Marci Ien (THE SOCIAL), and Kayla Grey (SPORTSCENTRE) say their motivation to get involved with this day-long event is part of a greater mission – to encourage girls to take learning experiences like this with them into everyday life and continue to grow as strong, independent women.
“When I was either playing sports growing up or involved in extracurricular activities, I wish I had programs like this to not only remind me to find a healthy balance in life but to have inspiring role models and mentors who can guide and shape who you are.” – Lindsay Hamilton
“For me, it’s so important to be here for these women. Growing up in my industry, I didn’t have access to this kind of mentorship. I’m glad to have the opportunity to give back and talk about my journey so far, both personally and professionally. I hope it will create something within [the participants] where they find confidence in themselves at times when I didn’t. It’s all about giving the next generation something that I didn’t have, so they can have a head start in living up to their fullest potential.” – Marci Ien
What an honour to be invited!?? https://t.co/1BeI1CKXzg— Marci Ien (@MarciIen) July 20, 2019
“Girls need to see themselves and see that they can achieve things. When you’re around Olympians, when you’re around sportscasters, when you’re around people who you aspire to be – you can realize, ‘Oh yeah, they’re just a story away from being my story,’ and I think that’s incredible. Truly there’s no better way to bond people than through sport – that’s what I’ve found in my life – and it’s great to see these girls connect through it.” – Kayla Grey
To hear from more HER MARK attendees, click the links below:
- Vilaca encourages expanding fitness outside of the gym
- Hefford thrilled to be role model for aspiring athletes
- MacLennan always inspired when participating in Her Mark
- Matheson knows the importance of visible female role models
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And that’s a wrap on HerMark 2019! Thank you so much for everything. @mlselaunchpad for the amazing venue, @biosteelsports and @freshii for fueling our athletes, @underarmourca for all sweet swag, @tsn_pr for all the coverage, and every single one of our Olympic athletes plus @marci.ien that came out and inspired these young women.