The fairytales of women’s professional sports are being rewritten by social media, visible heroines have the potential to change how this chapter ends.
In professional sporting kingdoms, erected over a century ago, a handful of professional male athletes do something unexpected. They pull on bright orange and blue hoodies, screen printed with an amorphous athlete–distinguishable by buns, hips and ponytails–to be photographed in their castles. Fortunately, these knights in shining (under)armour are no longer the heroes of this story. …
You tighten your ponytail and pull on your helmet. For a little girl joining her boys team on the ice in small town Northern Ontario, the empty dressing room serves as a proverbial echo-chamber of the concession stand commentary.
“Girls don’t play hockey”
“No one will watch”
Despite never seeing older girls play hockey you learn to persevere and block out the noise of your male opponents and their parents. You find more ponytailed teammates and you make it through the “pretty-girls-don’t-play-hockey” drop-off.
Years later, you’ll win a national championship and sign pro contracts. …
Syd is an athlete and innovator. She was born in a small town in Northern Ontario and is passionate about business, sports and storytelling.