Work Hard, Dream Big, Never Give Up Sport PEI is hosted a ‘She’s Good’ event, August 30, 2023, at Mill River Resort and Hernewood Intermediate School. Fran MacWilliam, AUS rugby champion and championship game MVP, joined us as a special guest speaker!
It was a day full of fun activities for the participants with guest chats, rugby, golf, fitness training, and much more. We truly appreciate Fran, Elysia Atkinson, and Cali Pineau for being involved in this program and can’t thank them enough for being a role model for young girls on PEI. A huge thank you to Mill River and Hernewood for accommodating us due to poor weather!
Our She’s Good events have a goal of inspiring and supporting girls (aged 10-16) lifelong love of sport and physical activity. Female sport leaders and professionals spend the day talking to the girls about healthy lifestyles, goal setting mixed in with a lot of fun.
Thanks to the 2009 Canada Games Legacy Fund for their support, as well as, Sport Partnership and Engagement Program, a project of the Sport Participation Bilateral which is jointly funded by the Province of PEI (Department of Fisheries, Tourism, Sport and Culture) and the Federal Government (Canadian Heritage – Sport Canada).
If not now, when? On Thursday, July 21, Sport PEI held the annual “She’s Good” event at Bluefield High school in the community of North Wiltshire. “She’s Good” events have a goal of inspiring and supporting girls (aged 10-16) lifelong love of sport and physical activity. Female sports leaders and professionals spend the day talking to the girls about healthy lifestyles, and goal setting mixed in with a lot of fun. On Thursday, two former athletes’ sports careers came full circle, as Katie Baker and Sarah MacEachern returned to their former high school to be role models for the next generation of female athletes on the island. Megan Ferguson of Mind Matters mental consulting made an appearance at the end of the day.
Sarah MacEachern was the first presenter of the day. She is from Canoe Cove, PEI, and was a Defenceman for the Under-18 Women’s National ice hockey team. She was an Assistant Captain for the team during their gold medal run in the IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championships this past June. Sarah shared with the young female athletes about her story and the journey she took to becoming a gold medalist and an elite level athlete. During her presentation she touched on a few ideas like loving to train for your sport, being resilient as an athlete, and the difference between being a good friend and a good teammate.
Katie is from Argyle Shore, Prince Edward Island. She was a member of the Women’s National field hockey team from 2006-2012. She was also the Captain of the National team for 2 years and was described by her teammates as inspirational. Katie spoke with the girls about herself and her path with sports. Katie’s story was a great lead up for her presentation on leadership and personal values. The goal was to show them that the values they hold will work towards what type of leader they will be.
After Katie’s presentation, the girls had the opportunity to experience orienteering on the school grounds. Megan Ferguson, Mental Performance Consultant, presented on goal setting and dealing with pressure during competition. The group enjoyed all of the activities, from team building, to sports that were new to all of them. The athletes got to interact with three outstanding role models and leaders, all with Island roots, who gave great presentations on important topics for young athletes, forming an experience this group will never forget.
"LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT” She’s Good was recently held at the newly renovated Mill River Resort. The staff at Mill River were incredible and we would like to thank them for their hospitality and support.
It was a day full of fun activities for the participants as they received golf lessons from Lorie Kane, played tennis, disc golf and beach volleyball, went hiking, and practised yoga. We truly appreciate Lorie’s involvement and can’t thank her enough for being a role model for young girls on PEI.
Thanks to Rachel Phelan (Tennis PEI), Kelly Cameron, and the Western Region Sport and Recreation Council for being part of the day.
We were fortunate to host a She's Good event during a pandemic. Our guest athlete was UPEI Women’s Basketball star Jenna Mae Ellsworth who had an incredible year being awarded the Nann Copp Award as U Sports Basketball Player of the Year. Jenna spoke about her her journey and what it takes to play at the next level.
Other special guests included: Kristin Noonan (Softball Canada), Jessica Cameron (Women’s Hockey Neutral Zone), and Tracey Gairns-Brioux (RESET:breathe).