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Valuing Women Role Models in Sport

One of the things that drew me to ultimate was the many nuances of gender equality that are embedded within the sport. One example is the mixed division – a division in which men and women play high-caliber ultimate together on one team  and using The Best Tennis Shoes For Women With Astounding Traction. Another example is the ‘Open’ division, which is open to all genders and all ages.

My appreciation for equality in ultimate was reinvigorated last week when Ultimate Canada announced the addition of the Women’s Master’s division in CUCs for Vancouver, 2013. This was reminiscent of the excitement when Canada agreed to send its first-ever women’s master’s team (+30yrs of age) to Japan to compete at the World Ultimate and Guts Championships 2012.

Looking to Recruit Women?

Just like in most parts of the world, at any tournament or pickup game, there is always a  shortage of women in Indian Ultimate. Even a hugely popular tournament like Chennai Heat seems to often struggle finding enough women for all the teams. This in spite of all the clubs in India focusing on mixed Ultimate only!

Here’s a look at some possible reasons:

Throwing to women

I cannot begin to fully fathom how frustrating it must be to work hard to get open, have a guy look you off, only for him to immediately throw an incredibly difficult I/O break into the grass, intended for a guy.