International Women's Day

International Women’s Day 2019

Better balance, better world. International Women’s Day is a celebration of women’s achievements around the globe and the pursuit of the calling of a more gender-balanced world.

We’d like to celebrate women in sport and the achievements of women in the modern athletic world. If you asked the average Canadian to name a famous female Canadian athlete, they’ll likely mention Christine Sinclair, Kaillie Humphries, Clara Hughes, or perhaps the women’s Olympic hockey team. Did you know the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games marked the sixth time the women's hockey team has been part of the Olympic Winter Games? In addition to four gold medals, Canada's Women's Olympic Hockey Team also claimed silver in 1998 in Nagano, Japan.  But did you know that some Canadian women cycled competitively in the Victorian period, or that a women’s basketball team from Edmonton dominated the sport in the 1920s? In addition to swimming, golf, and tennis, girls and women now play hockey, rugby and soccer; they’re involved in wrestling, boxing and MMA – not only at amateur levels, but also at the Olympics. It’s these accomplishments we’d like to champion and remember as we celebrate National Women’s Day.

 

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Sport Chek aims to help all women achieve their sporting and personal health goals, whether it be running a marathon for the first time, or just picking up a par of running shoes and going for a 1km run for the first time in a few years. We’re here to help you get to wherever you want to be, to help you find what moves you. Are you looking to take on a new sport, beat a personal best or try something entirely new? You’re just one step away and we’re here to help you achieve greatness.

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International Women’s Day FAQ:

When is International Women’s Day?

International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8.

When was the first International Women’s Day celebrated?

The day has been celebrated for over a century, with the first International Women’s Day taking place in 1911. Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women's Day was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19. More than one million women and men attended rallies and campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.

Who celebrates International Women’s Day?

The day is not celebrated by a country, group or specific organization. It belongs to all groups collectively, everywhere.

How is Sport Chek celebrating International Women’s Day?

Sport Chek supports equality in sport, fitness and in society. We’re thrilled to be Canada’s largest retailer for sporting goods and training equipment to help men and women all across the country find what moves them and aspire to be the best they can be. Sport Chek continues to celebrate the accomplishments of women in sport and in daily life throughout the year. We’re looking forward to seeing new boundaries pushed, new records broken and new personal bests set in 2019!