The International Olympic Committee celebrated and honoured role models, active cities and organisations as part of its Awards Ceremony at the Olympism in Action Forum, taking place in Buenos Aires on the 5th and 6th October.
Those recognised were six role models and advocates in advancing women in and through sport; two outstanding coaches for their lifetime achievements; six Pilot Cities of the Active Well-being Initiative; and three NGOs inspiring young and old through sport.
Introduced in 2000, the IOC Women and Sport Awards are given to women, men or organisations who have made remarkable contributions to the development, encouragement and reinforcement of women through sport. One World Trophy and five Continental Trophies are awarded every year.
Former Cross-country skier Chandra Crawford was among those recognised for her work with her “Fast and Female” initiative. Olympic Champion Crawford founded the not-for-profit organisation dedicated to changing the culture around girls in sport. With adolescent girls six times more likely than boys to drop out of sport, Fast and Female’s vision is all about positive female empowerment, keeping girls active throughout their teens, and nurturing a desire to pursue a healthy, athletic lifestyle as adults.