Women In the Wind
I was going through some of the notes that I had made during conversations on the phone with BDB. And noticed that at one point during one of our many conversations that she mentioned to me that she would like to have some news from the different chapters of Women In The Wind (WITW).
So that got me to thinking …which is a scary thought…why couldn’t I start this by explaining what Women In the Wind is all about. So here goes nothing.
WITW was formed in Ohio in 1979 by Becky Brown and expanded into Canada in 1988. WITW strives to …..
I first learned about WITW at the Redwater Ride for Hunger. I had just bought my bike and was working on getting my bike license. I wasn’t sure I was going to join as the meetings were in Edmonton and I didn’t feel comfortable riding in the city, as we lived in Redwater which is about 70 kms NE of Edmonton. So I put the information in the back of my mind. Hubby and I went to the bike show the following January and there were some of the members from the Edmonton chapter there and I spoke to them. So I went to the very next meeting and joined. I don’t regret joining as I have made some great friends and have had a lot of fun. Being part of this organization and being able to ride with these women has been a very wonderful experience for me. Nobody critized my riding capabilities or the lack there of ..haha. I never realized until I joined WITW how many women riders there are. Its just simply amazing!
Hubby and I moved to Southern Alberta and I was with out riding friends so with the help of my friend Cindy in Taber..(yes they call us the CC’s) we formed the first WITW chapter in Southern Alberta. It took a bit but we managed to have our first meeting almost a year ago in Taber. We have gone through some growing pains and we are now 5 women who all share the same love …riding. We have hit some low points and some high points but we keep on riding. So who are we …we are 5 women, some are survivors, some are wives, some are mothers and some are grandmothers… but most of all we are women who share a passion and love for the wind in our face and 2 wheels under us.
Until next week… just remember…NEVER RIDE FASTER THAN YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL CAN FLY!!!
Markham, Ontario June 18, 2010 - Jennifer Botterill, 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist as a member of Canada's Women's Hockey team, will present the Keynote Address at the closing ceremonies of the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada's (MCC) International Women Riders Congress and Festival (IWCF) on Saturday August 14th at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville. The evening will be sponsored in part by Molson Coors Canada.
"Jennifer has risen to the top of her sport in a non-traditional field and has been winning Olympic medals for Canada since 1998 " says Myra Abstreiter, Chair of MCC's Women Riders Council (WRC). "Our event theme is One World, One Ride and it's about leadership, tapping into our own power and working together to drive positive change. Jennifer is a perfect example of what is possible."Jennifer graduated from Harvard with an Honours degree in Psychology. She has won three Olympic gold medals (2010, 2006, 2002) and one silver (1998). She is a five-time World Champion and was twice named the most valuable player at the World Championship tournaments. She was the Team Captain at Harvard and the only 2-time winner of the Patti Kazmaier Award (equivalent to the Heisman). In 2001, she was named Manitoba Female Athlete of the year, an award her mom won 36 years before.
Aside from her on-ice career, she has been an on-line host for Wayne Gretzky's www.Gretzky.com and also uses her voice as an ambassador for Right to Play, EatSmartOntario.ca and Molson Coors Canada's Here's to Responsible Choices program. Additionally, she lends her time to numerous other Canadian charities.The IWCF will feature networking opportunities, organized tours, educational programs, maintenance workshops, safety programs, a charity trail ride, skills challenges, demo rides and entertainment. Registration is open to both male and female participants.
The IWCF is presented by Honda Canada. Other partners include Open Road Insurance Program, BMW Motorrad Canada, Motorcycle Mojo, Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council, Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows, Royal Distributing, Cycle Canada, Inside Motorcycles, Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada, Humber College Transportation Program, Rider Training Institute, Learning Curves, Dion Durrell, Twisted Throttle, Powerlily, Arai Canada, Ducati and Spyder.About the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada
MCC is a national federation of rider organizations in Canada and serves the interests of all riders. Its purpose is to unite motorcyclists and preserve, protect and promote motorcycling. With more than 245 member groups, as well as individual members, the MCC speaks for tens of thousands of riders. Its Women Riders Council was formed in 2006 to address the specific interests of women riders in Canada.
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