Concept2 is proud to be a Bronze sponsor of Fast and Female, an organization founded in 2005 by Olympic gold medalist Chandra Crawford and members of the Canadian National Cross-Country Ski team. Fast and Female is dedicated to the empowerment through sport of young women between the ages of 9 and 19. With an emphasis on cross-country skiing, biathlon and complimentary summer enduro-sports, Fast and Female hosts events led by athletic champions like Chandra Crawford and Kikkan Randall. These role models inspire girls to gain the confidence and leadership they need to reach their full potential in life and sports. In parallel, Fast and Female educates parents, coaches, and sports leaders to ensure they foster the most supportive environment for their young female athletes.
As part of the sponsorship, Concept2 will be exhibiting at the first FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Quebec, Canada, on December 7 and 8, 2012, and is providing Concept2 SkiErgs for athletes’ use. They will also be holding SkiErg contests during the two days of racing. The SkiErgs will then be donated to Fast and Female for their post-race Breakfast of Champions fundraising raffle on Sunday, December 9. More about the Quebec World Cup Sprint: It's not often that a World Cup comes to North America! This will be a "city sprint" held on a course of man-made snow that has been trucked into the city. The individual sprint on Saturday will begin with a qualifying race in the morning to determine the top 30 skiers who will compete in the head-to-head heat elimination racing in the afternoon. For pictures and more information, visit the event website at sprintquebec.com.
Adding to the excitement for us here at Concept2 is the fact that several local Vermont athletes will be racing on the US Team this weekend: Ida Sargent and Patrick O'Brien, both of Craftsbury Green Racing Project. Also racing will be both Kikkan Randall and Chandra Crawford of Fast and Female! Good luck, all!