Women in Olympic family continue leading the charge in sport

Sport in Canada is changing for the better and we need not look further than the influential women in the Olympic family to see who is leading the charge.


Carol Assalian

Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee issued the following statement of congratulations to a diverse list of women on the CAAWS’ Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity for 2013. The list includes the COC’s Chief Sport Officer, Caroline Assalian; COC Vice President, Tricia Smith; and various other Canadian women who are making tremendous contributions to the world of sport. 

“Congratulations to every member of the Canadian Olympic Family on this year’s list. Individually, you are all strong and committed women committed to the betterment of sport in our great country,” said COC president Marcel Aubut.

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“Collectively, you are part of a grand movement that is allowing young girls all over Canada to grow up dreaming and believing that they can make a real difference in the lives of  our athletes, coaches and sport in general. You are true role models and exemplify the best of what Canada has to offer.”

Notable Canadian Olympic Family members named to the list include:

  • Caroline Assalian, Chief Sport Officer, Canadian Olympic Committee (Montreal, QC);
  • Jennifer Heil, Because I am a Girl Campaign / freestyle skiing (Spruce Grove, AB);
  • Kaillie Humphries, Olympian; role model / bobsleigh (Calgary, AB);
  • Carol Huynh, FILA Panellist to IOC to Save Olympic Wrestling / wrestling (Hazelton, AB);
  • Anne Merklinger, CEO, Own the Podium; Board, Special Olympics Canada (Ottawa, ON);
  • Christine Sinclair, Captain, Canadian Women’s Soccer Team / soccer (Burnaby, BC);
  • Tricia Smith, VP, Canadian Olympic Committee and VP, International Rowing Federation / rowing (Vancouver, BC); and
  • Lisa Thomaidis, Head coach, Canada’s senior women’s basketball team / basketball (Dundas, ON).