BUILD HER UP will be an interactive day for grades 5-8 girls to explore new movements, try new sports in a safe environment, meet amazing female leaders, and understand how to build themselves and others up through sport and physical activity. The day will consist of a physical literacy session, sport stations run by local Markham clubs, an in-class session, a parent session, as well as a special appearance by Olympian, Charmaine Crooks!
5X OLYMPIAN, CHARMAINE CROOKS
Charmaine Crooks, C.M, B.A, OLY
Five Time Canadian Olympian and Olympic silver medalist (Athletics) Charmaine Crooks is a Member of the Order of Canada (C.M), entrepreneur, speaker, moderator and advocate for sport and Athletes.
She founded NGU Consultants Inc (1994), a global consultancy and management firm, which provides strategic advisory and business development services to a variety of sectors including technology and major events. She is a corporate director, serving on profit and non-profit Boards, including co-founder of the 365 International Sport Foundation and Our Cityride.
Former Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), she served on the IOC Athlete’s Commission, IOC Press Commission, IOC Culture and Education Commission, New Media working group, IOC 2000 Reform Commission and the founding IOC Ethics Committee.
As one of the founding board members of the 2010 Olympic Winter and Paralympic Winter Games (Vanoc), she was the only member to serve from the initial bid phase through to the successful end of the Games. Also a member of the Canadian Olympic Foundation, Olympians Canada, Canadian Soccer Association executive board and the FIFA Competitions Committee.
Charmaine is inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Texas El Paso Sports Hall of Fame, where she attended on a full Athletic scholarship. She has received numerous awards including the “IOC Women in Sport Trophy” , BC “Top 40 under 40” and one of the “Top 50 Women of Power” in Canada. In 2019, she was selected to both the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Top 100 Women of Power in Canada -and the Top 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women.
Charmaine is a free-lance TV host/producer and co-hosted “Cycle”, — Canada’s first national TV series on cycling and fitness as well as “In the Company of Women”, “No Laughing Matter” and the “World Athletics Gala”.
TRY NEW SPORTS
Everyone will have a chance to try new sports from local sports clubs, as well as learn about the benefit of being a multi-sport athlete.
EXPLORE MOVEMENTS WITH PHYSICAL LITERACY
Girls will get to explore the importance of physical literacy in a safe and inclusive environment.
In addition to on-court activities, participants will do in-class sessions on how to build themselves and others up, especially as females.
CONNECT WITH AMAZING FEMALE MENTORS
Participants will meet and interact with inspiring and empowering females role models throughout the day.
SPECIAL GUEST CHARMAINE CROOKS
5-time Olympian and ’84 Olympic Silver Medalist, Charmaine Crooks, will be present to talk with parents and the girls. She will also be available for pictures after the event.
PARENT SESSION ON KEEPING GIRLS IN SPORT
Olympian, Charmaine Crooks, will be running a session for parents on keeping girls in sport that will follow with a Q&A. All parents are invited and are encouraged to come with questions.
ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE SWAG
Participants are in for a treat, but spots are limited!