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GW Strength and Conditioning to Host Women's Athlete Symposium

Olympic bronze medalist and GW alumna Elana Meyers will speak at the Women's Athlete Symposium.
Olympic bronze medalist and GW alumna Elana Meyers will speak at the Women's Athlete Symposium.

March 11, 2013

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington University's Strength and Conditioning program will host the first Women's Athlete Symposium for all athletes, coaches and administrators on the evening of Monday, March 18, at the Charles E. Smith Center. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and invites attendees to learn about the unique issues related to being a female student-athlete.

Nearly 300 women, including all of GW's female sports teams and staff members, will be present to learn from the experiences of three distinguished speakers. Stephanie Wilson, Head of Nutrition for IMG Academy will discuss the dietary needs of the female athlete. Wilson has participated in athletics throughout her life and possesses extensive knowledge of the field of sports nutrition. Elana Meyers, GW softball alumna, will speak about creating a positive body image as a female athlete. Since graduation, Meyers has made a name for herself as a 2010 Olympic bronze medalist for bobsledding. Finally, Amanda Visek, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, will share keen advice concerning the setting and achieving of athletic goals.

The evening will conclude with an opportunity for GW's female student-athletes and staff members to ask questions and spark discussion with the speakers.

Close examination of the athletic demands of female athletes and conversations with student-athletes and coaches inspired the creation of what the Strength and Conditioning program hopes to become an annual event at GW. Women face unique challenges in the world of sports, and the Symposium looks to answer some questions and support female athletes.

"We want everyone to walk away from this event feeling empowered to become the best student-athlete they can be," said Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Brandi Walker. "Our hope is that the information will help our female athletes during their playing time at GW, as well as their everyday lives after graduation."

The Women's Athlete Symposium comes in the wake of the Athletics Department's celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX featuring a panel of prominent women in the realm of sports.

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