A celebration of sport and female empowerment will arrive at the Singapore Sports Hub this year, led by the 16 GoGirls! ambassadors of the Women’s World Floorball Championships (WFC) 2023 from 2-10 December. First introduced by the International Floorball Federation (IFF) in 2013, the goal of the GoGirls! project is to increase and promote the participation of girls and women in floorball throughout the world.
Gender equity is an area IFF strongly stands for, especially in light of the disparity in opportunities enjoyed by men and women in the sporting scene seen throughout time. Unfortunately, in many countries, women do not have the privilege of accessing sports as easily as men.
IFF actively works with member associations today – to ensure equal access and development is provided to all groups in our society. It aims to provide guidance on the different challenges faced by girls in obtaining access to participation in sport, and to assist in breaking down those barriers within the international floorball family.
GoGirls! Floorball sets out to address 3 main pillars:
- Getting girls to play floorball
- Teaching girls to play floorball
- Keeping girls playing floorball
IFF effectively addresses the pillars through providing materials and ideas for clubs and associations to increase the number of female players. The provision of resources also helps to keep them playing, ensuring continuity and longevity in their floorball journey.
For the upcoming WFC, one player from each of the 16 teams competing in the WFC 2023 has been appointed GoGirls! ambassadors. As ambassadors, they will continue to promote floorball in their respective communities in the lead up to the WFC 2023 and raise awareness of the resources available to girls who want to pick up the sport. These players are also role models on and off the court, with their performance during the WFC 2023 sure to inspire both the spectators at the Singapore Sports Hub, as well as viewers tuning in globally.
The 16 GoGirls! ambassadors for the WFC 2023 are:
- Australia – Amanda Bartrim
- Czech Republic – Jana Christianova
- Denmark – Martina Bardino Mørch
- Estonia – Saskia Ormak
- Finland – Daniela Westerlund
- France – Pauline Meneust
- Germany – Anna-Lena Best
- Japan – Mahiro Shimizu
- Latvia – Elīza Elizabete Bērziņa
- Norway – Sandra Craig
- Poland – Dominika Buczek
- Singapore – Siti Nurhaliza Binte Khairul Anuar
- Slovakia – Katarína Klapitová
- Sweden – Ellen Rasmussen
- Switzerland – Lara Heini
- USA – Jenna Hausman
Let’s look at one of our GoGirls features. From the host country Singapore, we have Siti Nurhaliza, sharing more about what it means to be a GoGirl, what she hopes to achieve as a GoGirl Ambassador, and what the biggest challenge she faced as a female athlete is.
More information about the GoGirls! project is available at https://floorball.sport/development/gogirls-floorball/. For exclusive insight and fun facts about the WFC 2023 GoGirls! ambassadors, stay tuned to the official Instagram page of the WFC 2023 at https://www.instagram.com/iffwfc/.
More information and event updates are available at https://www.wfc2023.sg and https://www.instagram.com/iffwfc/