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From me to you, highlighting challenges faced by girls

Dear Daughters, check this sign out welcoming girls and boys to register for hockey

CHP sign for hockey registration

CHP sign welcoming boys and girls to register for hockey

Dear Daughters,

In the middle of August when I went to the library at Cole Harbour Place I saw this sign as I was pulling into the parking lot. It made me very happy. It is for hockey registration and it says girls and boys welcome. Cole Harbour Bel Ayr Minor Hockey is the association my younger brothers (your uncles) and I played for when we were younger. I do not know too much about the Cole Harbour hockey organization right now but I do know they have some all-female teams when the numbers support them. It is my understanding, however, that even when there are all-female teams offered at a certain level, female players may choose to play on a mixed team and are not forced to play on the all-female team. Go Wings Go!

After finding some books to read, as I was walking back to the car, I noticed that the Cole Harbour High School Cavaliers football team was practicing. I played soccer for the Cavaliers in high school. I watched a little bit because your assistant soccer coach, my youngest daughter, had told me she was going to try out for the team this year. She is entering grade 11 and had wanted to try out last year but never did. It took me a while to find her but when I did she looked great. I am not sure if any girls have ever played high school football in the Halifax Metro area before but here’s to Stacy for going for it this year!

Although we still have more hurdles to jump, Halifax Regional Municipality continues to make giant strides towards equality in sport between female and male athletes.

UPDATE: As I was leaving the library today I noticed the Cole Harbour Cavaliers Football team practicing in full uniform and I quickly scanned the field for Stacy. I was fairly far away and am not sure if it was Stacy or not, but there is definitely a girl playing on the team. I will try to find out more about her and update you on her football career.


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