First ever LeadHERship conference held in Winkler

Bailey Bram

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Sport Manitoba’s first ever Sports LeadHERship Conference was held in Winkler, Oct 13. Regional Sport Development Officer and organizer Leanne Traynor said they were pleased with the turnout.
63 people registered for what they hope is the first annual event. They had hoped for 50 to 70.
The conference was hosted at the Days Inn Conference Centre, with an aim to educate leaders so they can help women and girls reach their full potential in regards to physical activity and sport.
Keynote addresses were delivered by three Manitoba Olympians, speed skater Susan Auch, curler Jill Officer and hockey player Bailey Bram.
Traynor said this region was a good one for the inaugural conference.
“We do have a broad range of female coaches, administrators and volunteers in this region,” she said.
In addition to the keynotes, attendees had choices of various seminars throughout the day.
“We just want to educate people,” Traynor said. “We also want them to come away with maybe some new ways to help support girls and women in sport, so they can add to their programming or maybe encourage more women to be on their sports boards.”
“We just hope that they become inspired with some of the presentations they hear today, and feel invigorated, rejuvenated and ready to go,” Traynor added.
The Winkler conference is a pilot project for Sport Manitoba.
“The idea is to run it annually across the province and rotate between the regions so we can reduce the travel barrier,” she said. “This way the regional offices can help support their local (event).”