Dairy Farmers of Canada presents
Dragon Boat Association of Southern Alberta (DASA)
from Lethbridge & Southern Alberta, Alberta
in the running for a Champions Fund grant!
Give a word of encouragement
How would a $5,000 Champions Fund grant help you or your organization achieve your goals in sport?
Our goal is to compete locally and internationally, encouraging women over 50 to stay active, while building friendships and enjoying a sense of community. This grant will help purchase high performance racing paddles and personal flotation devices (PFDs) suited to female paddlers.
What financial challenges affect your ability to take part in sport or your organization?
The DASA Coulee Classic Dragons are self-funded and have limited financial resources. Team members cover all their own training and travel expenses. Our present equipment is outdated, not suitable for competition, and should be retired. We lack funds to upgrade our equipment.
What boundaries would you like to overcome or see overcome for women in sport?
We want girls and women, young or aging, to believe they can be active and participate in sport throughout their lifespan. Too often, aging women can feel invisible, undervalued and not physically suited for competitive sport. Also, competitive sporting opportunities may be limited.
Sports are important to me because…
Master sports, particularly Masters Dragon Boating, provides us an opportunity to be VISIBLE and VIBRANT. We are being active, competitive, socially engaged, and part of a larger community. This provides a positive model for healthy aging and participation in sport.