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Lifelong Female Engagement in Sport: A Framework for Advancing Girls’ and Women’s Participation

Norm O'Reilly, Michelle Brunette, Cheri Bradish


In a collaborative and nationwide project, the authors examined the status and challenges of girls’ and women’s participation in sport in Canada through a comprehensive literature review, extensive secondary research, a representative survey with Canadian females, and a survey and consultations with leading female sport experts. This multi-level analysis led to the development of a framework for advancing girls’ and women’s participation in sport to guide stakeholders’ actions at the system, organization, and individual levels to improve the state of girls’ and women’s lifelong engagement in sport.

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Barriers; female athletes; physical activity; sport participation; women

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