Written by Lynn E. Paulson, APU staff writer
I could hear the high-pitched, happy ruckus before I even entered the East Anchorage High School gymnasium, where the event was already in full swing. Over 200 girls, wearing hot pink “Fast and Female” t-shirts, were shooting hoops, lifting weights, walking slack lines, kicking soccer balls, hoola-hooping, tumbling, balancing atop large exercise balls, roller skiing and lying on the floor with their elbows resting on a stack of folding mats, shooting at targets with electronic rifles.
These were just some of the stations between which the participants, ages nine to nineteen, were free to move throughout the Fast and Female event held on September 28th. By the end of the three-hour program of fun, non-competitive athletic activities and informative breakout sessions for girls, parents and coaches on topics like nutrition and sports injuries, their shirts would be covered with the autographs of APU Olympic Nordic skiers Kikkan Randall, Sadie Bjornsen, Holly Brooks and the other two dozen or more elite female athletes from alpine and Nordic skiing, soccer, ski jumping, gymnastics, biathlon, basketball and swimming. Sporting hot pink tutus over their athletic wear, these were the Ambassadors for Fast and Female, a Canadian-based non-profit founded in 2005 by Olympic gold medalist, Chandra Crawford, a cross-country skier from the Canadian National team. They were here to inspire the next generation.
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