This week Addicted is inspired by Natalie Spooner fromFuelling Women Champions.
Spearheaded by the Dairy Farmers of Canada, Fuelling Women Champions is a national, multi-year initiative spearheaded dedicated to the advancement of women in sport. Fuelling Women Champions aims to inspire girls and women, regardless of age or ability, in local communities across Canada to realize the universal benefits of sport. By partnering with thought leaders, athletes (like Natalie) and sport organizations, FWC provides action-oriented recommendations to advance female sport in Canada. They’ve also used direct sponsorships, promotions, on-site activations, and research, as well as other platforms to support women’s sports. The namesake fund is just another level of the incredible programming that this organization has created. The Champions Fund is a nation-wide program within the Fuelling Women Champions initiative. The fund is comprised of $100,000 – a total of 20 grants of $5,000 will be awarded to deserving youth sports teams, individual athletes and grassroots women’s and girls’ sports tournament organizers.
Champion hockey player and FWC committee member Natalie Spooner took the time to chat with Addicted about what personally inspires her. And thanks to organizations like FWC, we can look forward to more little girls growing up to be award winning athletes like Natalie. Take a read below and get inspired to act today.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Growing up I always wanted to play in the NHL.
How did you get involved with the work you currently do?
When I was 4 I started playing hockey. I have three older brothers who all played, and I wanted to be just like them. As I got older my passion for the game only grew and I love playing.
What are some of the successes (big or small) you’ve had?
My biggest success in my career so far would be winning gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. In that same year I also came back and played for the Toronto Furies in the CWHL and we won the Clarkson cup (female Stanley cup).
What piece of advice would you give to someone trying to do what you do, or trying to follow their own dreams?
The piece of advice I would give to someone trying to be a hockey player or follow their dreams would be to dream big. When I was little I never thought I would be where I am now. It may take time but you can achieve your dreams. Keep working hard and having fun. The hard times you go through to get where you want will make you stronger and make it all worth it in the end!
Who (person or organization) inspires you?
There have been many people who have inspired me throughout my life so far. My three brothers always inspired me on the ice, but I would have to choose my Mom and dad. They have been my biggest supporters and been with me every step of the way.
If you could pick one charitable organization to ask our readers to donate to or volunteer with, which would it be?
If I could pick one charitable organization it would be one that gets individuals involved in sports. Growing up I played any sport I could get my hands on. Sport taught me so much growing up and I want other children to have the same opportunities. Growing the female game of hockey, and getting more girls into sport is very important to me. You can donate to support and help grow women sports at womenchampions.ca or if you don’t have the means use #championher on twitter, instagram and facebook to support the cause!
To apply for the Champions Fund, or to nominate a deserving female athlete, visit ca for application details. The application period runs from May 31 to September 30, 2016.