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BC Women & Sport (formally ProMotion Plus) believes in gender equity in British Columbia sport. BC Women & Sport has been committed to increasing opportunities for girls and women in physical activity and sport since 1990, supporting female athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and administrators reach their potential. Under the umbrella of Sport BC, BC Women & Sport is strengthening its impact by delivering expertise in gender equity and recognition to Sport BC members and the community at large. We are doing this through our communication activities, education initiatives, and specialty programs.

BC Women & Sport has partnered with the BC Amateur Sport Fund to raise funds to help cover program costs.  Your support will help keep registrations costs affordable for programs and increase access. To make a donation please visit (donations of $20 or more are eligible to receive a tax receipt).


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    BC Women & Sport and Sport BC are pleased to announce the newest recipients of the In Her Footsteps … Celebrating BC Women in Sport.

    MEDIA RELEASE – In Her Footsteps and Bobbie Steen Foundation Awards Recipients

    Celebrating the accomplishments of girls and women in sport and physical activity is one of our key pillars. There are two recognition initiatives that are managed by BC Women & Sport: the In Her Footsteps program and the Bobbie Steen Legacy Foundation Award.  We also sponsor / support recognition awards presented by the BC Games Society and Provincial Sports Organizations.

    Regardless of the award, all of the recipients have demonstrated their commitment to being role models and mentors of young women; they have opened doors to increase accessibility and promote opportunities for participation. They have strived, struggled, fallen, picked themselves us and continued on – because they know the benefits and love what it means to be deeply involved in sport and physical activity. Sport and physical activity for life.

    In Her Footsteps Criteria
    Celebrating BC Women in Sport – the nomination period is open until October 2, 2023.


    In Her Footsteps Nomination Form 2023


    Bobbie Steen Legacy Foundation Award Overview
    Recognizing emerging female leaders – the nomination period is open until October 2, 2023. 

    Bobbie Steen Nomination Form 2023



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    A partnership between the BC Games Society and BC Women & Sport will see a leadership award presented in conjunction with the BC Games (Winter & Summer). The award will identify, recognize and celebrate those who have supported girls and/or women to participate more fully in physical activity or sport.



Marion Lay, Founder

In Her Footsteps Honouree, Inductee of Canada Sports Hall of Fame, BC Sports Hall of Fame, Order of BC.

Erin Wilkins

Sue Griffin

Jenny Black

Brenda Chinn

Bryna Kopelow

In Her Footsteps Honouree

Jennifer Fenton

In Her Footsteps Honouree


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    The BC Games were originally a vision of Premier W. R. Bennett who believed in providing “an opportunity to bring all parts of BC together, large and small communities, in the spirit of sport and friendship”.  Mr. Bennett’s vision for the BC Games has provided a substantial foundation and structure on which excellence in sport and community has been and continues to be built. Established in 1977 by the Provincial Government under the Societies Act, The original mandate of the BC Summer and Winter Games Society was to provide an opportunity for all British Columbians to compete in an organized sports festival that promoted physical fitness, individual achievement, and community pride.  The very first BC Summer Games were held in Penticton in 1978 with the first BC Winter Games taking place the following year in Kamloops. Now named the BC Games Society, in 1994, we shifted from a participation focused event to become a key part of athlete and sport development in the province.

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    The mission of the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (CEWH) is to improve the health of women by fostering multidisciplinary and action-oriented research on girls’ and women’s health and to introduce sex and gender into all health research. The CEWH pays particular attention to research and knowledge exchange that will improve the health status of girls and women who face health inequities due to socioeconomic status, race, culture, age, sexual orientation, geography, disability and/or addiction. We achieve this mission through generating new knowledge about women’s health, and facilitating knowledge exchange to close the loop between research and action on women-centred programs, practice and policy. We develop women-centred programs as well as gender-transformative practice and policy in partnership with researchers, health and social service practitioners, health system planners and community-based health advocates. We specialize in bringing evidence to practice and policy.

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    Since 1966, the community has entrusted the BC Sports Hall of Fame with the responsibility to collect, preserve, study, and interpret materials that relate to British Columbia’s rich sport history. The inspiration for the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is its Honoured Members and the collection of artifacts and stories of their challenges and triumphs. The BC Sports Hall of Fame educates and entertains through its programs and collections by telling stories of outstanding achievements in sport in British Columbia. It showcases accomplishments of individual athletes and teams, as well as those who have contributed to the development of sport in the province. Internationally recognized as the ‘go to’ organization for BC sport history, researchers, writers, media members and sport historians have gained access to and an appreciation of BC’s rich sporting heritage through our extensive artifact and archival collection. The BC Sports Hall of Fame is committed to working collaboratively with the community at large. Through our museum displays, education and community programs, and community outreach we strive to further our vision of Honouring the Past and Inspiring the Future.

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    In 1981, Canadian Women & Sport was founded to advocate for progressive change within Canada’s sport system. Its goal was to see the enhanced presence of girls and women at all levels and in all areas – as athletes, participants, leaders, officials, coaches and trainers.

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    Canadian Sport Centre Pacific (CSC Pacific), in partnership with the national network of Canadian Sport Centres and BC network of PacificSport Centres, delivers sport performance programs to help athletes and coaches win medals for Canada. Working in support of our national and provincial sport partners, CSC Pacific is creating a stronger system for the development of athletes, coaches, integrated support teams and sport performance facilities. Three Canadian Sport Centre Pacific Campuses and five PacificSport centres across BC have over 1500 athletes and coaches registered and benefitting from our programs & resources.