When Emily Stadder joined Lancer golf, she was the only woman on the team. She counts as progress that in her second year, she has four female teammates—and she is willing to put her money where her mouth is.
The human kinetics major received an award from Leadership Advancement for Women in Sport, and has committed the $1,000 cash prize to supporting women Lancer golfers.
“I will use the money to pay my own varsity participation fees and then donate the rest to the program,” Stadder says.
It’s that type of dedication that earned her the Networking through Sports LAWS Leadership Award, intended to honour an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to gender equity, evidence of a history of physical activity pursuits, character and aspirations to excel in sport activity.
She first learned to golf on the par-three course at the city-owned Roseland club, where she now helps to run the Junior Girls’ Club, which introduces girls to golf.
“It’s important that it’s all girls because then they feel more comfortable,” says Stadder.
She also organized the Golf Fore the Cure tournament, raising money for breast cancer research while increasing women’s participation in the sport: “I’m proud that more than half the golfers were women.”
Stadder says her time in the Faculty of Human Kinetics has familiarized her with LAWS, making the award just a little more special.
“I felt really honoured to win because I know how awesome the organization is,” she says.