WEEK #16: KAREN L.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
While growing up, basketball was my primary sport. I played competitive basketball for 8 years and coached house-league. In high school, I played ultimate for the first time and continued to play throughout university. As a member of Queen’s Women’s Ultimate team, our team has placed nationally for the last 5 years with one championship. While I played for Queen’s, I maintained Academic-Allstar status. As I finish my Bachelor of Education degree, I also began coaching high school girls’ basketball in Kingston for the Frontenac S.S. Falcons. The girls were thoroughly impressive, finishing with a perfect season. I plan to play (and coach) basketball and ultimate well into my adult life. In addition to sport, I graduated with my Bachelor of Fine Art degree. I specialize in print and large oil paintings.
What leadership opportunities have you engaged in because of sport and what did you learn from the experience?
My passion for sports and experience in both competitive and recreational mixed-gender sports allowed me to work under the supervision of the Queen’s Human Rights and Equity Office and Athletics and Recreation departments on a research project. My research looked into policy and best practices in the areas of sex and gender in sports. This research opportunity allowed me to learn more about the ways in which sport organizations can grow to be more inclusive and equitable. I’ve come to develop a deeper passion for sharing sports and breaking down barriers to provide equitable access to the activities I’ve always loved.